Baby powder isn’t just for babies. This sweet smelling white powder can do so much more than simply ward off diaper rash. It contains less chemicals than talcum powder, so it is much safer to use, and it can help sooth and prevent chafing, rashes and soften your skin.
In fact, there are many different uses for baby powder that you probably never considered.
Lift Oil Stains: When you’re frying up meat, you will often find that the pan spits out hot oil on to your clothes. These stains can be difficult to remove with water, but baby powder can help. You need to apply the powder on both sides of the stained fabric and leave it soak in. Hand-wash the item afterwards, and leave it to dry in open air. This should remove the stain.
Remove any lingering odours after a spill: Whether it’s spilled milk or coffee, it is often difficult to completely remove smells after a spill especially on carpet or rug. By sprinkling a dusting of baby powder over the stain, the odour will disappear. To achieve the best result, wet the area with a cloth, dab it, let the powder sit for a little while until dry and then vacuum up the excess.
Dry shampoo: Baby powder is perfect for use as a dry shampoo. You just sprinkle it onto your comb and then run the comb through your hair to the roots. It removes oil and grease and makes your hair look freshly washed. Plus, it smells great so your hair will smell freshly washed, too. Not only will your hair look great, it will smell amazing and stay that way until your next shower.
Untangles necklace: It can take forever to get those tangles out, especially from smaller chains and you risk breaking or kinking the chain which renders it un-wearable. The next time you get tangles in your favourite necklaces, reach for the baby powder. Just sprinkle a bit on the chain making sure that it gets into all the little crooks and crevices. The powder will loosen up the knot just a bit, making it much easier for you to get it out without worries of kinks or breaks in the chain.
Ease waxing pains: If you are the type that wax instead of shave, this is for you. Waxing may be great for removing that unwanted hair but it can leave behind unwanted pain and redness. If you apply just a bit of baby powder before you apply your wax, it will help to make the entire process less painful. The powder absorbs moisture which allows the wax to work better because it will adhere to every single hair. Plus, it protects the skin which leaves it much smoother and less red and painful. So, baby powder before waxing actually works a couple of ways and makes your waxing session a bit more effective at removing hair and without all the pain and redness.
Repels ants: Baby powder is an excellent repellent for ants and many other bug-like pests. Just sprinkle a bit around your window panes, in the cracks on your floors, or anywhere you have ants. The ants can’t cross the powder so you’ll be safe from those little pests as long as you are inside the baby powder line. This is great for picnics because you certainly don’t want to spray chemicals around your food, nor do you want those pesky ants getting into your picnic fare. Baby powder does the trick nicely and it’s safer and less expensive than chemical ant killers.
Thickens eyelashes: Before you apply mascara, dust just a tiny bit of baby powder on your lashes. The powder acts as aprimer which gives you a longer and fuller looking lashes without the need for falsies.
Set your make up: It works by absorbing and removing facial oils, baby powder helps to set your makeup and keep it for the day or night and prevent you from looking too dewy. Baby powder can also be mixed with a powder or bronzer that is a bit too dark to lighten it up.
As deodorant: You just sprinkle a handful of baby powder into the palm of your hand and rub it into your underarms. It works great to eliminate sweaty odours and baby powder naturally absorbs moisture so it will keep you dry and fresh all day. Not only does baby powder absorb sweat, but it can also keep your deodorant lasting for as long as possible. When applied after deodorant, the baby powder works as an extra layer of protection that keeps you smelling great.
Soothe dry skin: Baby powder can work much like a moisturizer to help soothe extra dry skin. If you have rough patches on your feet, elbows, or anywhere else, just rub a bit of baby powder into those areas. While it does remove moisture, baby powder on its own is great for helping your skin to feel smoother and less irritated. It’s a great solution for cracked heels and other skin irritations.
Sweaty feet: A lot of shoes are designed to be worn without socks, but wearing them on bare feet can cause them to stink over time. To combat this issue, sprinkle some baby powder inside your shoes each morning to absorb any sweat released during the day. Not only will your shoes smell better and last longer, but your feet will be nice and fresh too. Sprinkle baby powder in your shoes to help keep odours away and in-turn, it helps keep your feet dry so you can go barefoot in flats all day.
Stop shafting: Try dusting some talcum powder between your thighs to prevent chafing. It will help to eliminate friction when you run so your skin will stay smooth and pain-free avoiding the risk of sores.
Bed Sheets: Make your bed sheets feel cool in hot weather by using baby powder. It also helps cool your body from the day’s heat by absorbing excess perspiration, your sheets will feel soft and luxurious.
Aftershave: Use baby powder as aftershave, this is good for men and women. It’s a cheap way to keep your skin soft and supple after a shave.