I didn't expect to be researching uses for tampons and sanitary towels today, but as a dedicated Expert Home Tips writer, you can be sure you'll get your money's worth. In case you were wondering what else you can do with female products, check out the list below.
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1. Aromatherapy inhaler
Check out this creative use for a plastic tampon applicator - an aromatherapy inhaler! It would make a fun (and certainly memorable) gift for a friend. Follow the instructions at ourpeacefulplanet.com and make your own.
2. Stop nosebleeds with a tampon
You may have seen this nifty trick on television or in a film. Suffering from a nosebleed? Soak up blood from your nose quickly using a tampon. The incredibly absorbent cotton makes it perfect for stopping nose bleeds.
3. Mop up sweat
Here's an interesting tip. Mercedes F1 driver Nico Rosberg wears a woman's sanitary towel inside his crash helmet which ensures that his eyes aren't affected when he starts to perspire. If you need to deal with unwanted sweat when wearing a helmet then reach for a sanitary towel.
4. Make an ornament for Christmas
Blimey, this is a crafty unexpected way to use a tampon. Make an Angel Christmas ornament to hang on your tree by following the directions at favecrafts.com. This is certainly a unique decoration for your tree and a great talking point at Christmas parties!
5. As a bandage
If you've cut yourself and there are no bandages to hand, then grab a sanitary towel and pull it apart. They're the perfect thing you need to help to absorb blood quickly.
6. Clean up spillages
Pull the string and use your tampon to clean up a spillage. This is perfect if you've spilt something in the car and you've forgotten to pack some tissues.
7. Start a fire
Enjoy this survival tip! Pull apart a tampon an use it as fire tinder. Now if you're lost in the woods in desperate need of warmth, you'll know what to do.
8. As toe separators
Use multiple tampons as toe separators while you paint your toenails in a lovely colour. Now all you have to do is stay patient and wait for them to dry.
9. Make a survival straw
If you're lost in the woods (again),you can use the tampon as a survival straw. Take apart the applicator and remove the cotton, stuffing it into the larger section. With this, you can drink from puddles without sucking up any sediment.
Here's an interesting idea... make your very own sanitary towel slippers. This is a very creative way to use them, so if you fancy doing it, follow the instructions at sadanduseless.com and make your own!
11. Drafty caravan
Shelly Bailey suggested this tip in a magazine - if you're staying in a caravan and feeling the cold, place your sanitary towels around draft windows, doors and unnecessary vents to keep it draft free and dry.
12. Make heel pads out of sanitary towels
Off on a big night out? Later, when your feet are in pain, whip out some sanitary towels and place them in your shoes. Comfort! They'll even soak up any sweat from all that dancing.
13. Remove nail polish
Run out of cotton pads? Pull apart a tampon and use it with nail polish remover to... remove nail polish!
14. Detect sewage pollution
This is an interesting use for tampons - a team at the University of Sheffield found that tampons can help to identify sewage pollution in our rivers. Visit sheffield.ac.uk for more information on this.
15. Curl your hair
Who knew there were so many uses? We'd love to know what you think of them!