The (New) Duct Tape Challenge

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Introduction: The (New) Duct Tape Challenge

About: Where there's a will, there's a way! Never give up, never give in...BE the good you want to see in the world. :)

Upon a brief examination of my own life, I realized that I spend a lot of time with negative or empty words...and no matter how hard I try, somehow I can't seem to control the verbal outbursts.

So I challenged myself to be silent and LISTEN--we do have TWO ears and only ONE mouth after all.

This instructable is to relate to you what I learned from this experience, and to challenge you to conduct your own experiment.

THE (NEW) DUCT TAPE CHALLENGE.

Step 1: Tape It Up

1.Buy some post-2007 duct tape. Why after that year? Because that's the year that duct tape manufacturers stopped putting asbestos in their duct tape, according to my research.

2. Slap a piece of duct tape over that trap! Our mouths, in slang, are called "a trap"...and rightfully so! Often times our words trap us into bad situations, arguments, and verbal vomit before we even blink--or think--twice!

Step 2: Go About Your Day

Make the fire, fix-a breakfast, wash the dishes, do the mopping...and the sweeping and the dusting...

Come on, Cinderelly, get your work done! ;)

Go about your normal day. If you have people you need to talk to and explain what you're doing, then do that before you start this challenge.

Step 3: Lots of Hand Signals and Mmhmms

Yeah, a day without talking is gonna require a lot of muffled sounds and hand gestures to get those around you to understand what you need.

Feel free to write down things that people aren't understanding, but only if it's a necessity (not to "yell" at someone, LOL). If you have kids--like I do--and the younger ones can't read, then make sure you tell them before you start the challenge what you're doing so they understand.

You will only be taking off the duct tape to eat or drink, or for EMERGENCIES only. Is it an "emergency" to verbally fight back in an argument? No. But if you need to scream for your kid because they're running into traffic--RIP THAT TAPE OFF QUICK AND GRAB YOUR KIDDO!

Step 4: Make Sure to Have Some Fun!

It's not a gloomy day because you're wordless...quite the opposite! It's often times more hilariously fun!

Step 5: Peel 'Er Off

When the time you allotted yourself for this challenge (a day, a weekend, a week, etc) is over, slowly peel off the duct tape. It honestly didn't hurt that bad.

I allotted one day for this challenge, just to see what it was like.

My observations when peeling off: my skin around my mouth was a tad bit dry (I have more sensitive skin, and a slight allergy to adhesives in certain tapes), and my lips were wet (from the moisture of my breathing or coughing with the tape on). You can see in the second picture exactly how my mouth (and skin around my mouth) looked after peeling off the tape.

NOTE: Be sure to wash your lips off every time you peel off the tape (this includes when eating, drinking, or licking your lips). You can simply use water to do so. This will remove the residue from the adhesive so you don't consume it.

Step 6: Warnings & Cautions

Although doctors will "prescribe" duct tape for prolonged periods of time to get rid of plantar's warts, here is a link to some cautions about using duct tape on the skin for prolonged periods of time. If you're wondering if it's toxic or safe (the short answer is: it's not toxic), check out this site: http://tapeauthority.com/is-tape-toxic-duct-tape-e...

These are some warnings/cautions I encourage you to follow:

  • Do not apply duct tape to someone else or to a child. (Be sure to explain the dangers of duct tape--the danger of suffocation if applied over both mouth and nose--to younger children who may try to copy you.)
  • Use with caution. Though duct tape is no longer toxic (post-2007), it could be very dangerous if used to prevent breathing or if swallowed. It's also dangerous (and even fatal) if over 80% of the body's skin is covered at the same time in duct tape (as it prevents the skin from "breathing" oxygen).
  • Do not apply duct tape to both mouth and nose.
  • Do not wear when sleeping.
  • Take it off to eat and drink. Please don't prevent yourself from drinking water or eating because you have it on.
  • It may cause a rash or a breakout if you have sensitive skin and use it longer than a day.
  • You may feel free to try different types of tape if duct tape causes breakout or rash. Or you can try a scarf. Be creative to obtain the same outcome.

Step 7: Keep a Journal

Take notes in a journal for the allotted time. Record what happens and what you learn from the different situations you encounter. What will you learn about yourself, your friends, your acquaintances, and even strangers when you stop talking and start listening? How many arguments were avoided? How many empty, useless words did you avoid saying?

It just might change your whole perspective!

Step 8: What I Learned

Here's what I learned for the day with The (New) Duct Tape Challenge:

  • There's humbleness in the wake of silence.
  • It takes two to tango...if you are silent, fights and arguments toward you will cease.
  • There's great joy and goofiness in the presence of speechlessness.
  • The more you practice silence, the easier it becomes to have that same self-control once the tape is off. You realize that it's not worth it to make mountains out of every molehill.
  • When we stop talking and start listening, the world--and the people therein--become (even painfully) clear. I could see in my children their hearts, sadness, joy, and true motives for what they do and say. I could see the brokenness in others, and it drove me to love them where I may fight back in misunderstood anger. I could stop a misunderstanding from causing an argument and actually THINK FIRST about what was really happening or being said.
  • We take for granted the gift of speech. We waste our time speaking with vain, idle, empty, negative, and/or useless words. It's amazing how much we all do this when you stop and listen to those around you. So many of us do nothing but complain all day. Speaking is a privilege, and a great responsibility. I learned that I want to use my words for edification, positive reinforcement, and encouragement...not to bring others or myself down. My new challenge to myself is to SPEAK POSITIVELY more than I complain or say negative things.

The moral of the story: this challenge changed my life for the better! I will definitely use what I've learned to change some things about myself and my big mouth. I intend for it to be a little less useless, and little more loving. :)

What will you learn? Will you accept the challenge? #NewDuctTapeChallenge

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    48 Comments

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    laurafaithxo
    laurafaithxo

    1 year ago

    I allotted myself a week for this challenge and I learned so much about myself from it, going to be doing it the whole of January or the whole of 2020 :p we'll see. Great challenge! Also the video is removed?

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    Meglymoo87
    Meglymoo87

    Reply 1 year ago

    I'm so glad you liked and tried this challenge! It's amazing what we discover about ourselves from being quiet. Also, if you do it for an entire month, please remember to take off the tape every night while sleeping and put fresh tape on each day (to give your skin time to recover). :) Thanks also for notifying me of the video not working. Hmmm...I will have to remove it from the 'ible. Blessings!

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    laurafaithxo
    laurafaithxo

    Reply 1 year ago

    Actually I love sleeping with my mouth taped! I don't wake up with a really dry mouth, sore throat and dehydrated when I slept with the tape on, probably because im not sleeping with my mouth wide open lol. But in my experience its not having the tape on that my skin didn't like it was the act of peeling it off multiple times. When I start on Jan 1st ill be doing it until at least Feb 1st for the challenge but ill see how long I can go after that. Will you ever be doing the challenge again? I think that could be a really awesome vlog if you make it for youtube. Also now im dying to see what the video was

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    Meglymoo87
    Meglymoo87

    Reply 1 year ago

    Yeah this post is almost 3 years old, I don't remember even what the video was (nor do I still have a link to it if it wasn't working here lol). As far as removing tape multiple times a day goes, you can't really help that considering you have to eat ;) What'd friends and family think of your duct-taped mouth? I'm super glad you were so inspired by the challenge.

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    laurafaithxo
    laurafaithxo

    Reply 1 year ago

    Yah well ive reduced the amount of times per day of taking the tape off to just 3 times. In the morning when I wake up I take the tape off, eat breakfast, brush my teeth and put new tape on then i take it off again at lunch & dinner, and put new tape on as soon as im done eating. Might combine breakfast & lunch into brunch so its only twice a day which'll help. It's been a very interesting, fun & introspective experience. As for my friends and family, my family isnt aware im doing it but my friends when they found out i was doing it were all like "omg finally" lol they just made fun of the situation and my friend Katey kept holding my nose o.O but im a swimmer so its fine :p I did get some stares from people in public though but most people don't even notice/care. How was your experience in public or with friends/fam? Thnx for replying btw!

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    Meglymoo87
    Meglymoo87

    Reply 1 year ago

    Well, I only tried it for one day (just for some self-searching and to experiment with this crazy idea I had in my head), and I'm a stay-at-home mom so I didn't have any public to view me in my challenge lol. But my family was all great with it and understood what I was trying to do, and my kids thought it was fun to watch me mhmm and hand signal everything...but they were surprisingly very cooperative (I half thought they might try to push my buttons just to see if I'd crack, but they didn't).

    May I ask what is the reason you want to leave the tape on for such a prolonged period of time (a month to a year)?

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    laurafaithxo
    laurafaithxo

    Reply 1 year ago

    Just feel like I could go longer than a week and I miss not having to speak lol

    Will you make any more instructables in the future?

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    Meglymoo87
    Meglymoo87

    Reply 1 year ago

    Oh ok, no worries! Sounds good! I was just curious (about why longer timeframe).
    I have 66 instructables and one of those is from this week. I am working on another now. I took a little break from Instructables for a few months but am back in the full swing of things again! I love it here! But, you know, life... ;-P

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    laurafaithxo
    laurafaithxo

    Reply 1 year ago

    Cool, i'll check them out! I haven't got any plans or ideas for an instructable yet. Hope you make a duct tape challenge pt. 2 some day, maybe like a go without a sense challenge (no taste - tape mouth, no smell - tape nose or and no sight - tape eyes)

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    Meglymoo87
    Meglymoo87

    Reply 8 months ago

    Hello! Just curious now that it's 2021, did you ever complete this challenge for all of January or all of 2021? Interested to hear what came of it if you did! Ironically, we had to wear masks all of 2020, so kinda the same thing haha lol 😂

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    laurafaithxo
    laurafaithxo

    Reply 7 months ago

    Heya! Actually ya I did for January! We got really bad forest fires here in Australia so the air quality was extremely bad with incredible amounts of smoke that blackened the sky during the day making it look like night time outside always. It's harmful to breathe so having my mouth taped actually helped me a lot so that I only breathe through my nose rather than my mouth, and helped with holding my breath when needing to go outside quickly (pinching nose with a clothespin XD).

    But then ended up moving houses and around the time of moving needed to talk so I stopped there, I was gonna do it again after moving but then covid happen straight after.

    I've actually found that I really like having my mouth taped weirdly, I find it comforting some how and relaxing? I have social anxiety so I think that has to do with it, when my mouth is taped I dont have to worry about saying something dumb lol

    I'd like to allot another period of time to do it again! What would you recommend personally? And how do you think I could go about it with face covering restrictions? Having my mouth taped covers my mouth, just leaves my nose free :p

    How have you been? Hope you have been well!! Especialy with everything going on now.

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    Meglymoo87
    Meglymoo87

    Reply 7 months ago

    We are doing good. We are in the process of moving so super busy (hence me not putting up any new ibles as of late)! And, as per your question, maybe you could use one of those face shields (like the pic) when your face is taped so it doesn't add anymore restrictions to your breathing or anything?

    I'm glad the challenge seems to have made a big and mostly positive impact in your life! That's AWESOME! Just wanted to check in and catch up. Blessings!

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    laurafaithxo
    laurafaithxo

    Reply 7 months ago

    That's great to hear! Best of luck with the moving process :)

    Face shield might do! Only problem is that it would take from 2 weeks to a month to arrive and shipping is so expensive :( Do you have any idea for an alternative? I honestly don't mind if it affects breathing, I'd even hold my breath if needed, would be good practice for swimming while the pools are closed!

    Ya I am happy you did :D

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    Meglymoo87
    Meglymoo87

    Reply 7 months ago

    I would honestly suggest MAKING a simple face shield. Since you're down under I know anything shipped there takes awhile, so I'd make one! Simple bendable thinner plastic adhered to a headband of sorts could do. Check this site for DIY versions ;)

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    laurafaithxo
    laurafaithxo

    Reply 7 months ago

    Where the heck would I get bendable thinner plastic XD But ya I will look around!! I was thinking of just taping my nose or using a clothespin like I was doing in jan :D

    Thanks for writing to me, you've made me excited to do something again when I was feeling very meh

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    Meglymoo87
    Meglymoo87

    Reply 7 months ago

    Lol, girl, whatever floats your boat! 😆 but craft stores have plastic like that. Like Hobby Lobby here in the US has thinner plastic for crafting. But anywhoo, hope it all works out for ya! Blessings! 😁

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    laurafaithxo
    laurafaithxo

    Reply 7 months ago

    I have never been to a craft store before you know! Never seen one before but that could be because I live some what rural. I'm going to start the challenge again Feb 1st!! Pretty excited!! I'll have to try and find a craft store! I've actually just found my old nose clip from swimming to use for my nose until I make the face shield! Do you think people would prefer it if I taped my nose as well so that it looks like a mask but made out of tape? Thank you again for chatting with me after all this time it means a lot to me!! :)

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    Meglymoo87
    Meglymoo87

    Reply 7 months ago

    I wouldnt tape your nose, or clip it shut if your mouth is taped. You're obviously able to do whatever you want, but it would cause suffocation so I cannot suggest that to you. But you could wear a normal mask over your face with your mouth taped underneath and it would be ok probably (a normal mask that you've maybe already been wearing throughout the pandemic). Hopefully you find a solution that works for you! Take care 😁

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    laurafaithxo
    laurafaithxo

    Reply 7 months ago

    Well my idea is so that the tape is visible and not hidden behind the mask otherwise what if someone asks me something because they can't see my mouth is taped XD

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    Meglymoo87
    Meglymoo87

    Reply 7 months ago

    And by "this site" of course I mean Instructables ;)