Frugal Living: 14 Super Smart Uses For Baby Powder

Frugal Living: 14 Super Smart Uses For Baby Powder

There are so many great uses for baby powder and this multi-tasker can do more than just soften baby's skin. Discover these fourteen everyday uses that will save you both time and money.

1. Refresh your bed sheets

bed sheets
For in between washes.

If your sheets are feeling and smelling a bit sweaty - especially during those hot summer nights- don't rush to put them in the wash! Keep your laundry and electricity bills down by simply giving them a generous dusting of baby powder. Dust before and after you go to bed and it'll get to work soaking up any moisture. It'll also leave your sheets smelling fresh as a daisy!

2. Detangle jewellery

Sprinkle some baby powder on any knots or tangles, and gently rub between your fingers and thumb to loosen them up. Don't ever be tempted to throw away or cut even the most tangled of bracelets and necklaces without trying out this little trick. It also works well on tangled shoelaces!

3. Clean greasy recipe books

If your pages are covered in grease, sprinkle them lightly with baby powder and leave to sink in for an hour. Then take a cloth and give the page a good wipe down - they'll be good as new! This is a handy way to give books a re-fresh before you donate them to the charity shop. You can also use it to de-grease playing cards.

That's not all - you can use baby powder to remove butter stains from clothes

4. Keep shoes and feet clean

What's that smell?

Smelly feet? Sprinkle some baby powder into your shoes and feet every morning and it'll help soak up any sweat. You can also use it to give your feet a quick refresh during the day. This works really well if you're not wearing any socks with your shoes by absorbing any moisture and lightly disguising any odours.

5. Clean sandy skin effortlessly 

If you're off to the beach then don't forget your bottle of baby powder will keep the kids from moaning about sandy feet and toes. Just a small sprinkling of the stuff will quickly and easily remove any irritating grains - do a little shake and they'll simply fall off your skin!

6. Make deodorant last longer

Once you've sprayed or applied your deodorant, give it a quick pat with baby powder. It provides an extra layer of protection and will help your deodorant work harder to combat perspiration. Instead of re-applying your deodorant during the day, simply top up with baby powder and even in the Summer, your skin will feel fresher and less sticky.

7. Quieten creaky floorboards

No more creaks!

For a temporary quick (and cheap) fix, apply some baby powder into the cracks of your creaky floorboards. It'll quieten any creaks by eliminating any friction causing the noise, just use an old paintbrush and brush in a liberal amount of baby powder. Top up when required.

8. Dust flower bulbs to prevent rot

Coat your flower bulbs in baby powder for a cheap and effective way to prevent any rot. It'll also work as a free repellent to help deter any garden pests that would enjoy a good munch on those bulbs! Take a zip-lock bag and gently shake 3-4 tablespoons of baby powder with the same amount of bulbs.

9. Soak up spillages

If you've spilt a drink or your child or pet has an accident on your carpet then baby powder can help remove any liquid and lingering smells! Clean the area as normal then give it a small sprinkling of powder before letting it dry and hoovering up.

10. Remove oil stains from clothing

If you get oil on your clothing, simply sprinkle each side of the material with some baby powder. Lightly rub in with your fingers and leave to soak in then hand wash and air dry - your oil stain will have lifted!

11. Freshen up your pet's fur 

So much better.

If your pet is smelling a bit whiffy, a quick sprinkle of baby powder and a brush-through will quickly eliminate any smells. It deodorises and de-greases at the same time so make sure you add it into your pet's grooming routine. Make sure you use talc-free powder though.

12. Use instead of dry shampoo 

You can also use baby powder on your own mane! Use it as an alternative to expensive dry shampoo by lightly rubbing in some into your scalp. It soaks up grease and lightly fragrances your hair. Alternatively, you can sprinkle some powder onto your hairbrush and brush through.

13. Keep ants away

According to experts, ants aren't so keen on the texture or scent of most baby powders so just a sprinkle of the stuff should be enough to keep them at bay. If you have kids or are looking for a natural alternative, then this is a cheap and cheerful way to avoid costly chemicals.

14. Unstick rubber gloves

rubber gloves
Look after your hands.

Before doing the washing up, sprinkle your rubber gloves with some baby powder to de-stick them. They'll feel smooth as a peach against your skin and your hands will feel super soft after you're finished.

Thanks for reading! Do you know any other uses for baby powder?


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Anushka F


A keen money-saver and fan of all things natural, Anushka enjoys making her own beauty products and is partial to a bit of crafting. Never short of a clever tip or two, she's always looking for new ways to make her money go even further.

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  1. Author kat on April 1, 2015 at 11:28 am

    I shake baby powder all over my carpets leave for 10mins and vacuum off,the carpet smells fresh after this.l also spray carpets with scented deodarant makes the carpet and room smell lovely and fresh.

    1. Author Anushka F on April 2, 2015 at 9:34 am

      Thanks for the tips Kat, I will have to try the deodorant trick myself! Anushka

  2. Author HEATHER MARTIN on April 1, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Don't buy carpet freshener just lightly sprinkle baby powder on your carpet , wait 5 mins then hoover as normal for a fresh natural smell .

    1. Author Anushka F on April 2, 2015 at 9:34 am

      Great tip, thanks for sharing Heather!

  3. Author Sue travers on June 17, 2015 at 11:14 am

    I buy translucent facepowder a few shades darker than my skin tone & save half in a zip lock bag , I dilute the other half with baby powder a bit at a time so it matches the color I like for my face , it lasts ages and smells lovely xx

    1. Author Colleen B on June 17, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      Wow - that's an interesting idea - what a great way to save money Sue!

  4. Author Lynda DeFreitas on June 17, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    To remove bloodstains from items like mattresses, mix baby powder with water to a thick smooth paste. Smear onto stain and leave to dry. As paste dries it lifts the stain and leaves it clean.

    1. Author Colleen B on June 18, 2015 at 10:28 am

      Great tip Lynda, thanks!

  5. Author linsey on June 17, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    I always give baby powder as a gift to friends and loved ones in hospital. It's the best way for them to feel fresh and energised.

    1. Author Colleen B on June 18, 2015 at 10:27 am

      That's a lovely idea Linsey :)

  6. Author Andy on March 31, 2016 at 9:09 am

    I always use baby powder on the kids swimming hats. Once dry they stick together and are a nightmare to get on the kids heads, so I sprinkle some inside and shake out and the hats slide straight on with no tears !!

    1. Author Anushka F on April 6, 2016 at 10:39 am

      This is a great tip for baby powder, thanks Andy. Those swimming hats do like to cling!

  7. Author Janet H on March 31, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Before putting hot water bottles away after the winter, hang upside down to dry, inflate by blowing into the water bottle then sprinkle a little talcum power inside to stop sides sticking together.

    1. Author Anushka F on April 6, 2016 at 10:38 am

      Love this tip! Thanks Janet.

  8. Author Pete on March 31, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Sweat rashes

    1. Author Anushka F on April 6, 2016 at 10:36 am

      Interesting one! Thanks Pete.

  9. Author mary on April 2, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    I have used talc as face powder for years, I have fair skin and baby powder works well.

    1. Author Anushka F on April 6, 2016 at 10:16 am

      Lovely tip Mary. I use baby powder to blot my skin when it feels a bit oily.

  10. Author Paddy on November 30, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Litter tray freshener

    1. Author Anushka F on March 8, 2017 at 10:59 am


  11. Author Kaylee on November 30, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    Baby powder is a fab thing to have at the beach! So the kids have been wet and sandy, and now they're hungry! Shake the powder over hands and the sand brushes off right off!! Great for cleaning feet for going home too! ?

    1. Author Anushka F on March 8, 2017 at 10:59 am

      Couldn't agree more! Love baby powder for getting rid of sand :)

  12. Author linda negbenebor on September 9, 2020 at 11:18 am

    whats the difference between baby powder and talc ?

    1. Author Joanne A on January 20, 2023 at 10:41 am

      Baby powder is typically made from cornstarch and used to absorb moisture and reduce friction on the skin. Talc, on the other hand, is a mineral composed of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen and is known to cause lung and ovarian cancer if inhaled.


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