The scent of baby powder is light, fresh and heavenly, but it is not just for babies. On the contrary, some healthcare providers tell parents not to use it on their child’s skin. Airborne particles can end up in the nose and lungs where it could cause serious respiratory problems. It has many alternate uses in and around the home from the bathroom to the beach. Keep it on hand, and try these creative solutions. They can save a considerable amount of money.
Make Your Own Tinted Facial Talc with Cocoa, Cornstarch and Baby Powder
Women who wear makeup and have bought something new within the past few months have probably noticed sky-high prices. The cost of cosmetics is outrageous! Some can be easily made using ordinary ingredients. You can make your own tinted facial talc to add color and prevent shine. Combine equal parts of baby power and corn starch. Add cocoa powder little by little until achieving the perfect shade. You can have a bronzed look at a bargain price all year round.
Remove Oily Spots from Clothing
Talc absorbs oil, and it works like a charm to remove oily spots from fabric. Keep a bottle of baby powder near your clothes hamper, and apply it to greasy marks as soon as they are noticed. It even works to remove old stains. Rub a generous amount into both sides of the fabric, and allow it to work for several minutes. Follow up with dish washing liquid that includes a grease remover instead of your usual spot treatment. Wash the fabric in the warmest water temperature recommended. With a little elbow grease, talc and dish washing liquid, the stains should come out.
Keep it in Your Beach Bag for Sand Removal
Sand on the legs and feet can be extremely irritating to the skin. Try to rinse it off and it will stick once again. Instead of rinsing it off, apply a generous amount of baby powder. It will absorb excess moisture, and the sand will brush off with hardly a scratch.
Use Baby Powder to Absorb Oil on the Scalp and Hair
Washing your hair every day can be drying to the scalp. It is also time-consuming, and it requires excess water usage. Wash it every other day instead. In between washings, massage baby powder through the hair and onto the scalp. After thoroughly brushing your hair, it will not be visible. However, it will leave behind a fresh clean scent, and your scalp will not be nearly as oily in between washes. It can save a significant amount of time and money.
It Helps to Remove Tangles from Dry Hair
When a child’s hair becomes tangled, many people reach for detangling spray. Try something else instead. Apply baby powder to the rats and mats. With gentle effort, the tangles will come out. Baby powder works with minimal breakage. Instead of the strands sticking together as they do when wet, they will come apart much easier.
Texture Works of Art before Painting
If you enjoy crafting and creating works of art, add baby powder to your collection of craft supplies. Mix equal parts of water-soluble craft glue with baby powder. It will have the consistency of paste. Apply it to cardstock using a craft brush. If necessary, thin it out with a little more glue. Use stencils to create perfect designs or letters. After the talcum glue dries, paint it with acrylic craft paint. It will look lovely in a frame, and no one will guess that you used baby powder and glue to create your textured work of art.
Stop Annoying Creaks on Wood Steps and Floors
Are creaking stairs or floorboards driving you crazy? Do not pull out a hammer. You will damage the boards, and they will probably still squeak. Use baby powder instead. Sprinkle it over the cracks, and sweep it in with a clean dry paint brush. It will do the trick, at least for a while. If they start squeaking again, reapply the powder. In any case, the room will smell as good as a freshly washed and diapered newborn baby.
Source: Green Living and Advanced Crafting Experience