WOW - 10 surprising uses for a Pumice Stone

WOW - 10 surprising uses for a Pumice Stone

Pumice stones are commonly used for removing dead skin and calluses around feet, but did you know there are many more uses? This little multi-tasking rock can help clean your home, boost your plants and more...

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1. De-pill your bobbly sweaters

Keep the bobbles at bay.
Keep the bobbles at bay.

After months of use during Winter you may noticed some of your favourite jumpers have starting to 'pill' - also known as bobbling. This is when the fibres unravel and the loose ends form a ball on the surface of your jumper. You can prevent pilling by turning garments inside out before washing, but to get rid of the balls without ruining your favourite jumper grab a pumice stone. The soft, porous surface is ideal for removing pills and lint from clothing.

Lightly run the stone over the fabric and it should catch the balls easily. Some people like to use a razor but I find with an accidental heavy hand you could make holes in delicate fabrics like cashmere. Don't run the risk - grab a pumice stone instead.

2. Effortless oven & hob cleaning

That clean feeling.
That clean feeling.

It's my least favourite cleaning job and nothing but nothing will make this task any more enjoyable. However, in my quest to bring you all the best cleaning tips I've found pumice stones work better than most scourers. Make sure it's very wet and supple before getting to work with it. Use it to gently buff off grease and burnt on mess, continually wetting the stone to avoid scratching.

Of course you can use it with your standard oven cleaner, but some people think it's a efficient alternative to standard oven cleaning products so if you're going chemical-free it's worth trying solo.

Off The Cuff Cooking has a very useful blog post on chemical-free oven cleaning and if you're after more cleaning tips and tricks, take a look at our articles in the Cleaning Tips & Home Hacks section of the site.

3. Clean the dirtiest of toilets

Get to it.
Get to it.

Use your pumice stone (not the one you use on your body) to clean and remove mineral deposits off your toilet bowl. Wet the pumice stone before gently scrubbing away at stains, you can use it alongside your usual bathroom cleaner to get rid of particularly bad areas.

4. Boost your soil's plant power 

Help them grow.
Help them grow.

Most green-fingered gardeners will know the key to healthy plants is good quality soil. Adding pumice helps soil retain water and hold onto essential nutrients necessary for plant growth. The porous nature of pumice stone means it can help retain vital nutrients and it also works as a conditioner.

You can use small chippings of pumice in soil, using one part pumice for every four parts of soil OR you can add smaller pumice stones directly onto the soil- for example placed on top of soil in potted plants or in terrariums.

5. Fuzzy hair removal

Image Credit: One Good Thing
Image Credit: One Good Thing

This sounds like a strange one and something I have yet to try, but I hear you can painlessly remove fine body hairs with a pumice stone by following these simple steps from LiveStrong:

  1. Exfoliate skin with a scrub and warm water to remove dead skin cells and soften hairs
  2. Lightly towel dry your skin so it's still damp
  3. Rub the pumice stone onto hairs in a circular motion with gentle pressure until hairs rub off
  4. Moisturise thoroughly
  5. Repeat every few days until all hair is removed

6. Clean up pesky pet hair

Pet hair begone!
Pet hair begone!

When you can't vacuum easily or you need to get into small nooks and crannies (like the back of your car), grab a pumice stone. Wet it before you use and in the same way you would use a squeegee, move in one direction to gather up all the hairs and they will soon start to collect into a ball.

For more interesting tips like this pop over to my 19 of the best cleaning tricks for pet owners.

7. Cuticle tool for DIY manicures

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Image Credit: wikiHow

I'm a huge fan of using olive oil as a cuticle oil and now I've found another alternative for the DIY mani-pedi. You can use a damp pumice stone to soften hard skin - and calluses on hands - and gently remove excess cuticle skin around the nails. Work your way around the nail bed, gently applying a pressure. Keep your hands and the stone wet and moist as you buff and make sure you moisturise afterwards.

8. Distress your jeans

Do it yourself distressing.
Update your wardrobe.

Love the look of distressed jeans but don't want to pay for pre-ripped, pre-worn looking jeans? I hear you, it seems unthinkable to the modern day penny pincher. Grab a pair of your old jeans - I like to use ones that have faded in colour of the years or developed the odd whole or rip already.

Take a pumice stone and start by gently rubbing the area you've chosen to distress to loosen the fibres in the fabric. Keep going over the same area and experiment with levels of force until small frays and holes start to form.

If you don't like rips in your jeans make sure you check out my essential guide to caring for your clothes - from making swimwear last longer to how to wash denim correctly.

9. Brighten up a dull complexion

For facial-fresh skin.
For facial-fresh skin.

Pumice is great at exfoliating hard soles, but due to it's porous surface it's also very efficient at more gentle exfoliation. Revive dull skin by exfoliating your face with a pumice stone - just ensure it's wet and gently rub it against your face in small circular motions. Use it once a week as a weekly exfoliating treatment and it will also help boost circulation (facial exercise is all the rage) and skin tone.

I'm a big fan of natural skincare products, if you'd like to know more about going chemical-free meet the A-list beauty products you already have in your kitchen.

10. Essential oil diffuser

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Image Credit: Aura Cacia.

Essential oils creates a lovely aroma in the home, but if sometimes you're lazy like me when it comes to burning them you need some pumice stones! Filled with lots of air spaces, this volcanic rock is ideal for soaking up essential oils and slowly releasing them back into the air.

Pick up a small mesh bag from your haberdashery or Amazon and soak a pumice stone with around 30 drops of your favourite essential oil(s). Place the stone in the mesh bag and place or hang anywhere in your home. Replenish the oil when you need to and keep your home smelling nice and lovely all year around.

Thanks for reading! Who knew pumice stones had so many interesting uses? Make sure you check out these articles for more secret uses for household items:

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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 wendy on March 26, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    where can i buy one, my postcode is tw4 ..

    1. Author Anushka F on April 6, 2016 at 10:49 am

      Hi Wendy you can get them online from places like Amazon and eBay for not too much money.

    Reply
  2. Author Sylvia Briffett on March 26, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    The smell of salmon in your fridge or freezer can be quite overpowering, place a dry pumice on the shelf or in the draw, will remove the smell. Three years ago I had a heart attack and salmon is recommended as a healthy fatty food, but the smell does linger.

    1. Author Anushka F on April 6, 2016 at 10:48 am

      Great tip, thanks Sylvia. Pumice is so good at soaking up lingering smells, I will try it next time I have some salmon or other whiffy foods in the fridge.

    2. Author Wolf Lorber on May 31, 2017 at 5:58 am

      Thanks for the article on pumice , but you make some descriptive mistakes. In suggestion 1 you refer to the pumice surface as "soft" and porous. It's rock-like, and easily crushable relative to most rocks, and gently abrasive. Yet "soft" is the wrong adjective for any stone. Hardboiled eggs are soft objects. In suggestion 2 you say make sure the pumice is wet and "supple." Unlike a wetted loofah, no stone gets supple. Please get training in technical writing.

    Reply
  3. Author Kenneth Howlett on March 26, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Wow haven't seen a pumice stone since the 50s apart from the obvious use for them on the body those other tips are Brilliant well done I will source a pumice stone & try your tips out

    1. Author Anushka F on April 6, 2016 at 10:47 am

      Fantastic. Neither had I until a few months ago, now I use it for lots of things!

    Reply
  4. Author Claire fox on March 26, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Anushka wow! Had no idea of the uses for many different household products that we all at home loving your tips ?

    1. Author Anushka F on April 6, 2016 at 10:47 am

      Aww thanks Claire. Really happy to hear you are enjoying them!

    Reply
  5. Author susan on April 12, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Great tips..thanks .will try them all!

    1. Author Anushka F on May 9, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      Thanks Susan!

    Reply
  6. Author Lakshmi Prasanna on April 8, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Really awesome

    1. Author Stephanie C on April 10, 2017 at 9:36 am

      Thanks, Lakshmi :)

    Reply
  7. Author Hawwa on May 2, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Great tips Anushka...I m a first timer to your site n enjoyed reading the tips ..Will definitely try few....

    1. Author Stephanie C on May 3, 2017 at 9:35 am

      Hi Hawwa. Thanks a lot for your kind comments - we're glad you enjoyed the article! :)

    Reply
  8. Author John on September 25, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Hi I've had a pumice stone for years and I'm not so sure about some of these suggestions, they seem out of keeping to those on your site for other product hints, many of which are very useful. Soft and supple pumice, I don't think so. Pumice will scratch stainless steel, enamel and plastic so beware.

    1. Author Stephanie C on September 26, 2017 at 10:44 am

      Hi John. I'm sorry to hear you didn't enjoy this one. It's actually one of our older articles, so we hope you'll stick around to read more of our new stuff soon! :)

    Reply

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