Six great ways to use baby powder

From helping you remove stains from your favourite clothing to keeping your pets smelling fresh, baby powder is a do-all

From helping you remove stains from your favourite clothing to keeping your pets smelling fresh, baby powder is a do-all powerhouse of a product that is sure to be helpful around the house.

If you don’t have grandies around or aren’t a regular user of the stuff, it’s very inexpensive and worth having in your cupboard. You can replace many different costlier products with this one alternative and still get everything done.

1. Remove grease stains on clothing.

Did you or someone in your house spill their dinner on their clothes? It happens, but it isn’t always so easy to fix. Luckily, if you have some baby powder handy, you can sprinkle it on and dab around the stain. Brush off and repeat until the stain is gone, and then wash as normal.

2. Freshen up closets and carpets.

If your closet or your wardrobe drawers are a bit musty, you can freshen them up with baby powder. Either sprinkle a bit into a jar or dish and leave it in your closet or put some in a sachet and place in your wardrobe. The moisture removing properties of baby powder make it perfect for removing musty smells and tough odours, and you can use it to freshen up your carpets as well. Just sprinkle a light covering on your carpets, let it sit for about fifteen minutes and then vacuum up those smells!

3. Untangle necklaces.

Tangled necklaces can be a real time suck especially if you’re on your way out the door. There’s a solution, however, and it only takes a second. Sprinkle some baby powder on the chain where it’s knotted – this will loosen up the knot.

4. Repel ants and bugs.

In wet weather, it seems as if ants just won’t go away, not matter what you try. But handy baby powder can get rid of them easily, just sprinkle a bit around your window panes, in the cracks on your floors, or even around your picnic blanket. The ants won’t be able to walk through the powder.

5. Bulk up eyelashes.

If you have short and stumpy lashes, never fear! In between coats of mascara, dab on some baby powder with a cotton tip. Then apply the next coat.

6. Pet shampoo.

Like the dry shampoo for humans, you can do the same for pets. If your pet’s hair is matted or not looking its best, get out the baby powder and apply to their hair. Rub it and either leave it or rinse off to give a better and cheaper wash.

What do you use baby powder for?

  1. Julie Anne Carey  

    Talcum powder has been linked to cervical cancer, so I would not use it for anything !

  2. So use it for the purposes above (excellent advice!) and don’t put it on your lower half….

  3. J Taylor  

    A cheap small container is handy if caravanning or camping. Sprinkle around the legs/wheels and stop ants from visiting.

  4. Jude Power  

    Cornflour works just as well, is much cheaper and doesn’t have any “baby” smell. It also works well as dry shampoo for humans. Whichever one you use, be really REALLY careful not to inhale it, as the fine particles are bad for the lungs.

  5. Hans de Rycke  

    Don’t use it in your body.!
    Gloria Ristesund of Sioux Falls, SD, was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 after using J&J’s talc-based feminine hygiene products for almost 40 years, and the jury awarded her $55 million. Another jury in the same courthouse awarded $72 million on February 22 to the family of Jacqueline Fox of Birmingham, AL, who used Johnson’s baby powder for 35 years. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2013 and died last year.

    For decades, according to the plaintiffs, J&J and its lobby the Talc Interested Party Task Force (TIPTF) distorted scientific papers to prevent talc from being classified as a carcinogen. As a result, J&J is facing now 1,200 lawsuits in Missouri and New Jersey, charging it with fraud, negligence, conspiracy, and failing to warn consumers about the cancer risks.

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