Does anyone ever get through a full bottle of baby oil? When preparing for parenthood, you might have bulk-bought the stuff, but now what do you do with it? Don't throw it away!
You may think baby oil is just for babies, but this cheap and cheerful product actually has lots of secret uses and powers...
Editor's Note: This post was originally posted in April 2015 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness in February 2018.
Unusual uses for baby oil
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Weird and wacky things you never knew it could do...
1. Remove ear wax
Remove that build-up of ear wax by tipping your head to one side and dripping a few drops of baby oil into your ear canal. Repeat on the other side and place some cotton wool into your ears to stop any dripping.
Leave for an hour or so and the wax should have softened up allowing you to gently clean your ear out with a tissue. For really stubborn wax gently heat the oil up before use.
2. Use baby oil to shine your golf clubs
Forget about expensive cleaning kits, you can clean your chrome-plated carbon steel golf club heads with just a few drops of oil on a cloth and a good polish.
3. Silence noisy hinges
Who needs WD40 when a good dollop of baby oil on a cloth will do the same thing! Silence those squeaky door and bed hinges today.
4. Keep yourself warm
Before you head outside on a cold day, rub a generous amount of baby oil into your skin. The oil helps to close your pores and insulate your body so you'll feel that bit more toasty under those layers.
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5. Make a kid's mosquito repellent
Make your own mosquito repellent that's safe to use on the little ones (avoid face and hands). In an empty spray bottle, mix baby oil with a couple of drops of Dettol. It works a treat!
6. Remove plasters using baby oil
Got a tough adhesive plaster on your skin? Rub some baby oil on and around it and it will gently lift off without any pain. It's also fantastic for removing any annoying gummy residue.
7. Slip off a tight ring
Apply a small amount of baby oil around the ring and twist it gently until it comes off. FYI: this little trick works on most body parts that are stuck.
8. Uses for baby oil for bags & shoes
Add a few drops of baby oil to a dry cloth and gently buff your leather handbags and shoes. It'll create a nice shine and inject some moisture.
9. Using baby oil to remove chewing gum
If you've got chewing gum stuck in your hair or any surface come to think of it, saturate it with baby oil and leave for a few minutes. You'll be able to wipe or comb away the gum easily.
What a great use of this everyday household product.
10. Lubricate a keyhole
If you have a key that's difficult to get into the keyhole, just wipe a bit of baby oil onto the key and turn it in back and forth a few times.
It'll be nice and smooth for years to come.
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Use baby oil as a beauty product
You'll wonder how you lived without this multi-tasking wonder.
11. Can you put baby oil in the bath?
You can spend a fortune on fancy bath oils or you can just splash some baby oil into your bath for peachy soft skin. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil in with it and you won't notice the difference - promise.
Be careful coming out of the bath, it'll be extremely slippy and you don't want to hurt yourself.
12. Body oil
Did you know only oil and medicine can actually penetrate the layers of your skin? So it's no surprise that body oils are the buzz of the beauty world. They can be ridiculously expensive though, especially when baby oil can perform just as well.
Apply a generous amount to your body and massage in from your toes to your neck working in large circular movements towards your heart. You'll have deliciously soft and silky skin afterwards.
13. Use baby oil as a cuticle oil
In my opinion, cuticle oil really is a waste of money. Massage some baby oil (you can also use olive oil as a cuticle oil) into your cuticles will soften them up nicely and add some moisture to dry skin. It'll also make it easier to gently remove or push them in. Long and strong nails here we come!
14. Remove makeup using baby oil
We've all heard the horror stories about face wipes stripping your skin of moisture so how about trying skin-loving baby oil instead? It can remove stubborn mascara, foundation and more while also loading your skin up on moisture.
Just squeeze some onto cotton wool pads and remove makeup. Then give your face a good wash with cold water. What a fantastic way to save money on beauty!
15. How to boost your body cream
Dry winter skin? Don't splash out on new skincare products promising false miracles. Just top up your body cream with a few drops of baby oil for an added moisture boost.
16. Moisturise your feet
Hard soles? I hear you. Get to work on hard skin with a pumice stone or foot file then give them a good scrub. Cover your feet with baby oil, pop some socks on overnight and in the morning you'll wake up to super smooth skin.
17. Make a body scrub using baby oil
Ditch expensive body scrubs and make one yourself! Mix either Epsom salts, salt flakes or brown sugar with a few teaspoons of baby oil and drops of your favourite essential oils et voilà - a beautiful scrub that will leave your skin baby soft.
18. Perfect your manicure with baby oil
Keep nail polish from going anywhere but your nails. Apply a little around the edge of your nail using a cotton wool bud so when your nails are dry you can wipe away the oil and any excess nail polish with complete ease.
19. Can you use baby oil on lips?
Can't find your lip balm? Apply some baby oil to your lips for instant relief and a nice shiny finish.
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20. Release a stuck zip
This is a great clothing hack! Got a stuck zip that simply won't budge? Apply a small amount of baby oil to a cloth and give it a rub on both sides of the zip and it'll get moving in no time.
21. Untangled jewellery
Add a tiny amount of baby oil to the knot and rub it between your thumb and forefinger. The oil should grease up the chain and untangle the knot in no time.
22. Loosen up a motor in a shredder
If your shredder is finding it tough to get through all that paper, the motor probably needs oiling. Saturate a few sheets of paper with oil and leave to dry for a few minutes. Pop them through the shredder and it will be smooth shredding from here on in.
23. Use baby oil for dusting
Get rid of the dust on wooden furniture by applying a small amount of oil to a cleaning rag and wiping in circular motions. Go over with a second cloth for a dust-free, sparkling surface.
24. Clean chrome fittings
Make those grubby, chrome appliances shiny and fingerprint free by applying some baby oil to a damp cloth and giving it a thorough clean. Finish with a clean cloth and they'll soon look mirror-like.
25. Clean oil-based paint from your skin
Wash your hands with warm water and soap then saturate a cotton wool pad or face towel with baby oil. Rub the cotton wool pad or towel over the area of skin where the paint is and reapply until it's all been removed. For the full guide see wikiHow: Remove paint from skin.
26. How to make your own baby wipes using baby oil
27. Prevent soap scum
To avoid soap scum in the shower, apply a very light layer to the shower walls. This will prevent any scum build-up and cut down your cleaning time!
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