Baby powder is most commonly known for its calming effect on babies’ diaper rash. However, this is not the only way to use it.
Below you will find out how you can alternatively use this multi-purpose product, possibly as a substitute for more expensive products out there.
1. Stinky Shoes
If stinky shoes are a problem in your house, then all you have to do is sprinkle some baby powder inside the shoes and let it stay overnight. Then (optionally) shake it out in the morning and let your feet slip into fresh shoes!
2. Depilation Tip
If you find waxing to be a painful experience, you can sprinkle some baby powder on the areas you’re going to wax and you’ll find out this will reduce the pain significantly. Your skin will also be smoother afterwards, and it’s less likely to develop redness.
3. Untangle Necklaces
Untangling necklaces can be a daunting task, but not that much when you know the baby powder tip. Just sprinkle some on the chains, just enough to loosen them up and manage to easily untangle them.
4. Playing Cards
If you find your playing cards are all sticky and smelly from being handled by many people before making it to your hands, all you need to do it put them in a ziploc bag and dust them with some baby powder. Seal the bag and give them a good shake. Dust off the excess powder and your cards will be as good as new!
5. Remove Grease Stains
If you want to remove grease stains, you can sprinkle some baby powder on them and dab them with a cotton balls as many times as you deem necessary until the stain is gone. Then wash as you would normally do.
6. Easily Remove Sand
We all know what it is like to be all wet from swimming and then having sand stick on your skin- quite annoying. But there’s something you can do about it: sprinkle some baby powder on your skin and let it absorb all the moisture. This will make it much easier to brush off the sand. Isn’t it brilliant!
7. Dry Shampoo
If you feel your hair has started getting greasy but you have no time to wash them, just sprinkle some baby powder on your palms or your brush and go through your hair to the roots. Not only will the greese be gone, but it will smell really nice and clean.
8. Flower Bulbs
If you want to grow healthy flowers, you can put the bulbs in a ziploc bag along with a couple tablespoons of baby powder, seal it and give it a shake. Then plant them and you’ll see the flowers will grow healthy, no rodents eating the bulbs and they won’t get rotten.
9. Remove Mould From Old Books
Sometimes old books can develop mould if they’re stored in damp places for long periods of time. What you can do about it is clean the mould and let the books dry for a couple of hours. Then dust each page with baby powder and let it stand upright for some hours, ideally overnight. The next day you’ll be surprised by the results!
10. Fresh, Cool Sheets
On hot summer nights, when your sheets seem to warm you up wvwn more, you can sprinkle some baby powder on them and you’ll see they’ll get much smoother and pleasant to the touch. Besides, they’ll smell clean and fresh and it’ll help you sleep better.
Yes, baby powder even works for your eyelashes! Just sprinkle the tiniest portion of baby powder on your eyelashes before applying mascara, and you’ll realize this will make them look more plump, long and thick.
12. Ant Repellent
Baby powder also works as an ant- and other bug- repellent. Just sprinkle some around the window panes, in the cracks of the floor, etc, and you’ll soon have a bug-free house.
Baby powder can also serve as an after-shave. It calms down any rash, cools down the skin and gives it a smoother feel.
14. Make Deodorant At Home
If you’ve run out of deodorant and need to rush out of the house, don’t worry. Baby powder still has your back. Just sprinkle a handful of powder in your hands and rub it in your underarms. This will absorb moisture, aka sweat, and offer you a lovely smell all day!
15. No More Squeaky Floorboards
Wooden floors tend to get squeaky after some time. Get rid of the annoying sounds by sprinkling baby powder around the cracks and sweeping in into them. The noise will magically cease.
16. Closet Freshener
The easiest way to freshen up your closet is to put some baby powder in an open jar or sacket and let it absorb all the moisture of your closet- plus it will make it smell fresher.
17. Easy Odor Removal
If you want to freshen up your carpets, just lightly dust them with baby powder, let it sit for 15 minutes or so and then vacuum it. The smells will go away- from soft ones to more persistent ones, like smoke.
18. No More Cracked Heels
Baby powder works wonders when it comes to cracked heels. Although it absorbs moisture, it has the ability to make skin smoother and calm irritations.
Pets have the tendency to lie on the grass, on the street and practically anywhere, so instead of giving them a bath on a daily basis, you can rub some baby powder on their fur, which they’ll love anyway. Who doesn’t enjoy being petted?
20. No More Chafing
Before you head outside for a run, make sure you sprinkle some baby powder wherever you may chafe. Admittedly, it works.
Sprinkle some baby powder on the inside of your gloves if you want to put them on and remove them easily.
22. No More Swelling
Do your feet have a tendency to swell when you’re wearing high heels? Not any more. Just sprinkle the inside of your heels with baby powder and it will prevent the swelling- plus your feet will smell great!
23. Make Snow Dough
Find out here how to make snow dough with baby powder and shaving cream for your kids to play!
24. Ironing Tip
Sprinkle some baby powder on the armpits and collars of your shirts before ironing them and prevent sweat marks from developing.
25. DIY Mineral Veil Makeup
Here’s how to make your own mineral veil make up using just three basic ingredients.
26. DIY Playdough
Want to learn how to make some soft playdough? Here’s all you need to know.
27. DIY Modeling Paste
Did you know baby powder and a couple more ingredients make a perfect substitute for store bought modeling paste? Find the details here.
28. Make gloves gentle
Work gloves can be rough and harsh on your hands. But if you sprinkle some baby powder inside of them it can provide tons of relief.
29. Deter rabbits
Yes rabbits are cute and fluffy but if you want them out of your garden baby powder can deter them from eating young plants and seedlings. Just sprinkle some over your garden beds.
30. Banish beetles
Turns out that the taste of baby powder can deter beetles from your garden. Just sprinkle some on the leaves and reapply after every rain until beetle season has passed.
Now that you know these hacks, you’ll probably be tempted to carry baby powder with you just in case. Feel free to do so, it might prove useful some time!