Alternative Uses for Baby Powder

Here are some FAB ideas to put Baby Powder to use for you and your family…

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  1. Sprinkle some baby powder over sand-covered kids (and adults) to soak up excess moisture and make the sand incredibly easy to brush off.
  2. Cool things down by sprinkling a bit of baby powder between your favorite sheets on warm summer nights.
  3. Vigorously rub a handful or two of baby powder into your pet’s fur. Let it settle in for a couple of minutes, and follow up with a thorough brushing. Your dog will both look and smell great!
  4. Use it as dry shampoo for your hair. Just sprinkle some powder on your palms or fingers and rub it into your scalp to absorb the oil.
  5. Dust a small amount of powder onto your eyelashes before applying mascara to make them look fuller.
  6. If you get a grease splatter on your clothing, try dabbing the stain with some baby powder on a powder puff. Make sure you rub it in well, and then brush off any excess powder. Repeat until the mark is gone.
  7. Loosely place playing cards in a plastic bag along with a bit of baby powder. Seal the bag and give it a few good shakes. When you remove your cards, they should feel fresh and smooth to the touch.
  8. For moldy or mildewed books, try this: First, let them thoroughly air-dry. Then, sprinkle some baby powder between the pages and stand the books upright for several hours. Afterward, gently brush out the remaining powder from each book.
  9. Place 5-6 flower bulbs and about 3 tablespoons baby powder in a sealed plastic bag and give it a few gentle shakes. The medicated-powder coating helps both reduce the chance of rot and keep away moles, voles, grubs, and other bulb-munching pests.
  10. Sprinkle a little powder along an ant trail or around your picnic blanket to get rid of ants.
  11. Going for a summer run? Sprinkle powder wherever you may chafe before heading out. The powder will help reduce friction when running to keep your skin protected and smooth.
  12. To ease waxing pain, dust the area with baby powder before applying the wax. The powder will absorb moisture and body oils so the wax can properly adhere to each hair, plus it will create a barrier to protect your skin.
  13. To fight shoe odor, lightly dust the inside of your shoes with powder and let them sit overnight.
  14. For squeaky floorboards, sprinkle some baby powder between the boards and sweep into the cracks.
  15. Dust a tangled necklace chain with baby powder to make it easier to untangle.
  16. Coat your hands with baby powder, or dust the inside of your gloves, to make it easier to put on rubber gloves.

 (Thanks to Reader’s Digest & Gomestic for the ideas.)

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  • Sophie

    I am going to try giving my puppies a baby powder bath tomorrow. That is a great idea and one that i said “duh” wheni read it!

  • Linda H

    Another use for baby powder (or cornstarch): If you want to make a sticker “pop” off a card or scrapbook page, put a small piece of foam tape on the back of the sticker, then use a paintbrush to apply powder to the exposed areas of the sticker (the protective covering should still be on the foam tape) and the “stickiness” will disappear. Before removing the protective covering make sure your hands and the “destination” are powder free, then remove covering, apply “popped” sticker! Hope that makes sense!

  • Kristina Myers

    I have also heard that baby powder will help kill fleas on dogs by sprinkling it on them and letting it settle. It smothers the fleas, you can also sprinkle it on their pet beds.

  • Maci's Mom

    It also works like a dry shampoo for those days that your bangs or roots are lookin’ a little greasy but not worth washing, drying, and styling for. I apply it straight to my roots and brush or comb through and tada! grease is all dried up!

  • Scarlett

    I know this is a little gross, but I heard once that if you drop something in the toilet you can dump a bunch of baby powder in the water and then reach in the toilet really fast and grab whatever you dropped. The baby powder is supposed to keep your hand dry and clean.

  • Kim

    I have used Baby Powder to stop a door from rubbing on the wood when you open it…it always made loud noise, a little powder and now it doesn’t…you have to repeat every few months, but beats that sound every time you open the door.

  • Brittany

    Pour a small amount in your swim cap, rub the cap back and forth to distribute, and it helps avoid tearing your hair when you put it on! For all those swimmers out there!

  • Kristin

    My favorite use is with pumpkin carving! If you are putting a pattern on the pumpkin and punching all your tracing holes they are so much easier to see if you rub a touch of powder over the pumpkin. It makes them stand out so its easier to see and you can check out your design before you cut.

  • Jo B.

    Old surfers trick: fill a tube sock half full of baby powder. Tie it off and drop it in a ziploc bag before you go to the beach. Leave it in the car. When you return, all sandy, rub the dry sand on your legs and feet with the baby powder sock and the sand will fall right off!

  • charisma lawless

    Rick Dale, of the discovery Channels Show: “American Restoration” uses baby powder or talcum powder after he waxes his painted finishes, like on his cars and ( no pun intended) powder coated finishes. IT will TAKE/ buff out those annoying swirl marks off the car without harming the finish!!!! WOW!!!!

  • Teri

    After a haircut, sprinkle baby powder on a towel and dust off the neck. It will get rid of all of the hairs.

  • Yvonne

    Be careful with using baby powder for chafing, it’s been linked to ovarian cancer in women.

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