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
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.
4. Keep shoes and feet clean
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
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
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
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?
Please share in the comments section below.
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.
Thanks for the tips Kat, I will have to try the deodorant trick myself! Anushka
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 .
Great tip, thanks for sharing Heather!
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
Wow - that's an interesting idea - what a great way to save money Sue!
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.
Great tip Lynda, thanks!
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.
That's a lovely idea Linsey :)
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 !!
This is a great tip for baby powder, thanks Andy. Those swimming hats do like to cling!
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.
Love this tip! Thanks Janet.
Interesting one! Thanks Pete.
I have used talc as face powder for years, I have fair skin and baby powder works well.
Lovely tip Mary. I use baby powder to blot my skin when it feels a bit oily.
Litter tray freshener
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! ?
Couldn't agree more! Love baby powder for getting rid of sand :)
whats the difference between baby powder and talc ?
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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