Don’t have any baby powder at home? Here are 21 opportunities you’re missing:
1. Prevent Blisters
A layer of baby powder on your feet before you put socks on will keep your soles dry and prevent blister-causing friction.
2. Cool Your Sheets On a Hot Night
A light sprinkle of baby powder on your sheets will absorb sweat and keep you cool until morning.
3. Repel Ants
Sprinkling baby powder around your doorways and windows will keep those suckers out of your house.
4. Use Baby Powder as a Makeup base
Apply a dusting of baby powder (just enough so you can’t see it) to your face before you apply your makeup and you won’t have to reapply your lipstick all day. It will even plump up your eyelashes if you apply it under mascara.
5. Fix Squeaky Wood Floors
Sprinkle baby powder into the cracks of squeaky wood floors. You want to fill the crack to the top and then you can sweep away any excess so your guests don’t know the difference.
6. Dry Shampoo for Pets
Cover your pup in a layer of baby powder and give her a good brushing until the powder has absorbed the sweat. No emotionally-scarring shower sessions needed.
7. Remove Grease Stains
If you spill olive oil or any other greasy thang that won’t quit, sprinkle some baby powder on the stain to absorb the grease.
8. Freshen Your Antique Furniture
Baby powder is a great way to absorb that musty smell in the drawers of antique dressers. You can leave a dusting on the bottom of the drawers and refill as normal.
Pro Tip: If you don’t like the smell of baby powder you can use essential oils to change the smell. It takes 10-15 drops of essential oils per half cup.
9. Use it as an Aftershave
Baby powder works as an aftershave for both men and women. The natural cooling property will alleviate irritation. This is especially recommended for people with sensitive skin.
10. Remove Sand
The baby powder will absorb the moisture that is keeping the sand attached to skin or fabric. Sprinkle a layer of baby powder over the sand and easily wipe it away, then vacuum or sweep as normal.
11. Try it as a Deodorant
Baby powder has natural cooling agents and absorbs moisture, that’s why it’s a great deodorant alternative if you don’t sweat that much.
12. Baby Powder Prevents Chafing
You don’t need all that expensive, anti-chafe running gear. You just need a layer of baby powder to stop the chafe.
13. Untangle a Necklace
Sprinkle baby powder on a tangled necklace chain to loosen the knots.
14. Slip into Shoes with Swollen Feet
Drying your skin with baby powder will help you slip into shoes, or a dress that might just not fit today.
15. Pre-Treat Your Flower Bulbs
Add 3 tablespoons of baby powder to a Ziploc bag per every 5 or 6 flower bulbs. Shake the bulbs around and remove to plant. Pre-treating the bulbs with baby powder will help prevent pest invasion and rot.
16. Keep Pool Inflatables from Sticking
Evenly apply baby powder on pool inflatables before you fold them up to prevent rips when you break them apart next summer.
17. Become an At-Home Waxing Warrior
If you’re brave enough to wax yourself, you are officially the baddest babe/bro around. If you’ve been scared to try, put a layer of baby powder on your skin between you and the wax to absorb moisture and help the wax attach to each hair follicle.
18. Stave Off Breakouts
Applying a layer of baby powder to your face will absorb face oils and shrink pimples. We suggest applying a layer that makes you look like a ghost an hour or so before bed. Be sure to wash and moisturize your face before sleep.
19. Kill Bed Bugs
If bed bugs walk through baby powder, those suckers die.
20. Cool the Itch
If you have any sort of rash like poison ivy or bug bites, you can sprinkle a layer of baby powder on your skin. The cooling agent will help calm rash.
Important: Never put baby powder on an open wound.
21. De-Stink Your Shoes
Put a thin layer of baby powder on the insole of your shows to absorb grease and smell. No need to rub it in, just continue wearing your shoes as normal.
Note: Some of our users have pointed out the risks of inhaling talcum powder. If you’re using talcum on a consistent basis at home, it’s best to wear a mask to prevent inhalation. If you have asthma, or live with someone who does, these tips might not be for you.