What is Cellophane Tape and Where to Buy It?

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Cellophane Tape.. an amazing product that has been saving us from all kinds of situations since our grandparents were babies.

Who invented cellophane tape?

Dick Drew created history in the early days of September 1930 when he sent the first roll of his latest invention, Cellophane tape, to a potential customer.

What is the main use of cellophane tape and how does it compare to scotch tape?

This tape is basically the same as scotch tape. So whatever you can use scotch tape for you can use cellophane tape for.

Male human head louse, Pediculus humanus capitis. Technical settings : - focus stack of 57 images - microscope objective (Nikon achromatic 10x 160/0.25) directly on the body (with adapter ~30 mm)

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How to remove this kind of tape from wood, paper or a wall

Some of the ways to remove tape from hard to remove from surfaces like wood and walls include:

  • Use wd-40 to spray onto the tape first
  • Rub baby oil over the tape
  • Use a product called Goo Gone

Where to buy Cellophane Tape

You can buy this useful tape right here and now.

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Or you can pick it up from your local store.

Cellophane tape is very important in the animal kingdom as well and is used for checking for lice.

How to perform a test for lice

Animals that are suspected to have a lice infestation can be tested by using cellophane tape.

The tape is placed on the skin of the animal, and then whatever sticks to the tape can be examined under microscope.

One final thing you might want to use cellophane for is a bit of an uncomfortable topic. Pinworm tests.

How to obtain a cellophane tape rectal specimen (tape test for pinworm)

Another tape test that can be done is the test for pinworms.

Pinworms are the most common worm infection in America. (don’t be concerned if you start itching and scratching while reading this – that is a completely normal reaction to reading about this type of subject).

One of the ways to diagnose pinworm is by using the cellophane or scotch tape test. One or several samples from around the rectum are gathered in an attempt to pick up egg samples. A doctor then examines the samples and can recommend treatment from there.

To perform the test:

  1. The sticky side of the cellophane (or Scotch) tape is applied to the skin around the anus. Any eggs on the skin will end up adherring to the tape.
  2. A doctor will place the tape on a microscope slide and check for eggs and worms.

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