8 Unusual Alternative Baby Powder Uses

May 12, 2016
The health benefits of baby powder have been questioned, but there are still many other ways of using it around the house

Baby powder has been a popular product for decades, thanks to its pleasant aroma and ability to prevent diaper rash. However, not too long ago, it was found that this product isn’t entirely safe for small children. Experts showed that it can cause breathing problems and even dry out their delicate skin. For more information see our featured article at the end of this post, but in the meantime you can enjoy our 8 unusual baby powder uses!

So, if you have a child who has grown up, leaving you with leftover talcum powder, or you got one as a gift and prefer not to use it, try the following alternative baby powder uses. Check them out!

List of unusual baby powder uses

1. Eliminate grease stains

A person cleaning the carpet.
When your clothes or upholstery get stained with any type of oily residue it’s hard to remove, and you often have to resort to using harsh chemicals.

To avoid this nuisance, the next time it happens just sprinkle some talcum powder on the stain. Then leave it for a few minutes before wiping clean.

See also: Make your own stain remover

2. Quieten new shoes

When you wear a new pair of shoes it’s common for them to squeak with every step you take. This is because of the friction of the materials as they warm up, making that annoying sound over and over again.

To get rid of it, all you need is one of our little-known baby powder uses. Shake a little of this product inside the shoe and repeat it as needed.

3. Save kitchen gloves

A person washing a wine glass.
Kitchen gloves are easily damaged by mold, which causes the plastic to fall apart.

To keep them in good condition and prevent the growth of microorganisms on the inside, just add a little talcum powder to the gloves every time you finish using them. You only need a small amount to absorb any residual moisture.

4. Silence wooden floors

We mentioned that this product can eliminate that annoying sound of new squeaky shoes. But, did you know it can also silence creaky wooden floors?

If the creak of a wooden floor is annoying you, then spread a little talcum powder on the area in question. Then use a broom to ensure the powder falls into the nooks and crannies that are causing the friction.

5. Repel ants

Thanks to the volatile compounds contained in this product, ants hate it – making this a great way to keep them away. What’s best is that it’s safer than the poisons that are sold in most stores.

Sprinkle talcum powder around the windows and any cracks where ants tend to come into the house, and line the edge of your garden with it.

6. Shampoo for oily hair

A lady having her scalp examined.
As well as getting rid of grease stains, talcum powder can also absorb excess body oil.

If your scalp is oily, you can dry it out using some talcum powder 15 minutes before you get in the shower. This pleasant smell is also a great way to care for pet hair without having to use water.

7. An aftershave

Aside from being an affordable product on the market, talcum powder can also work wonders when it comes to soothing freshly shaved skin. It has a cooling effect that will erase the irritation caused by a razor blade.

If you have sensitive skin, you can even use it to prevent potential allergic reactions.

Visit this article: Learn to prepare a natural shaving cream and prevent ingrown hairs

8. Improve cat litter smell

A cat in a litter tray.
While cat litter is designed to absorb waste and odor, after a few days it can start to release a very unpleasant smell itself.

To avoid this, try adding four tablespoons of talcum powder to the litter container and see how well it neutralizes the odors.

In summary, while this product isn’t exactly as good for babies as was once thought, it does have some other great uses around the house.

If you have some lying around at home then why don’t you start trying out some of these uses today?!

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