Do you believe that baby powder is solely a tool for moms? If so, you’re in for a surprise! This product can actually be helpful in some weird and wonderful ways. So from anti-acne masks to pet shampoo, we’ve decided to take a closer look at 40 other ways you can put this versatile household item to use.
40. Set your make-up
To all the women out there – don’t you just hate it when your make-up starts to run in the middle of the day? It’s not a great look! Well, a helping of baby powder could prevent that from happening again, according to BT.com. Thanks to its absorbent properties, talcum powder should protect your cosmetics from greasy skin.
39. Fix squeaky floors
Ah, squeaky floors – the bane of our existence. Just try naming a more irritating sound around the house! But before you think about tearing the boards up in frustration, it might be an idea to grab some baby powder. The website Home Hacks claims that dusting the talc into the gaps between panels will help stifle out the noise.
38. Rubber glove hack
Putting on a rubber glove isn’t as easy as you’d think. After all, the material has a tendency to stick to your skin. But there’s actually a way around it. Yes, Home Hacks argues that sprinkling a little bit of talcum powder on your mitts should help the glove slide on without any issues.
37. Wax protection
Naturally, waxing the area above your lips isn’t the most pleasant of jobs. But did you know that baby powder can prevent any unfortunate after-effects? The product’s properties can apparently ease skin aggravation and stop red marks from forming, according to Home Hacks. All you need to do is dust it above your upper lip prior to the wax.
36. Freshen up your closet
Are you sick and tired of that dank smell emanating from your closet? Well, we’ve got a solution for that. First off, BT.com suggests grabbing an empty container and some baby powder. Then, drop a light measurement of the latter into the former and then place it in the wardrobe. The product should absorb the dampness in the air – getting rid of the scent as a result.
35. Remove grease stains
Grease stains can be an absolute nightmare to deal with – especially if they end up on a favorite shirt or dress. Don’t fret, though. Try sprinkling a dash of talcum powder on a soft pad and scrubbing it into the dirty spot, Reader’s Digest recommends. It might take a few tries, but the greasy blemishes should eventually dissipate. Problem solved!
34. Prevent chafing
If you’re a keen exerciser, there’s a good chance that you’ll be familiar with chafing. The marks it leaves behind will have you wincing. But why not get ahead of the issue? According to BT.com, pouring a bit of baby powder over your thighs should stop the skin in those areas from rubbing during your workouts. We can sense your relief from here.
33. Untangle jewelry
Knotted-up jewelry can test even the most patient person. So, how can you sort out the mess without making it worse? The solution might actually be sitting in your bathroom cabinet. According to Home Hacks, dusting some talc over the problematic area will add lubrication to the surface. Now the tangles won’t be so difficult to fix!
32. Makeshift pet shampoo
Let’s be honest here – do any of you enjoy washing your pets? To say it’s a daunting job would be an understatement. Before the next bath time rolls around, though, give this a try. Sprinkle some baby powder over your furry friend and rub it into their hair, Home Hacks says. The product should soak up any skin grease. It’ll leave a nice scent when you wash it off in the tub, too!
31. Thicken your eyelashes
Struggling to add volume to your eyelashes? Well, if you’re willing to get creative, there could be a simple way to solve that problem. As per BT.com, all you need to do is wipe a little bit of baby powder on the lashes – ahead of grabbing your mascara. The talc is essentially a makeshift “primer” in this instance.
30. Freshen up musty books
Books sitting in a damp space for a lengthy period of time tend to accumulate a nasty scent. But you can actually remove those smells by sprinkling baby powder on the pages, according to Home Hacks. Once the paper’s dry, drop the product throughout the book and allow it to rest until the next day. Then discard the talc after that.
29. High heels hack
As any lady will tell you, high heels aren’t the most comfortable of shoes. They can rub and cause your tootsies to puff up. Though is there a way to stop that from happening? Well, Home Hacks claims that you could turn to talcum powder. If you pour some into the heels prior to slipping them on, it’ll shield your feet from problematic friction.
28. Beat sweat stains
Urgh, sweat stains. These horrible marks have ruined many a shirt down the years. Though some clever thinking can stop the spots from appearing altogether, Home Hacks claims. Yes, just dust a bit of baby powder around the arms and collar of a garment when you come to iron it. After rubbing the talc in, your clothes should now be impervious to perspiration!
27. Cool your sheets
As the weather starts to get warmer, your bed can transform into a horrible place. And the sheets offer little in the way of comfort. Yet you can cool the material down by scattering baby powder across it, according to BT.com. This simple act should stop you from sweating buckets during the night.
26. Makeshift modeling paste
Running low on modeling paste at home? Well, don’t worry: there’s no need to rush out to the store to buy more. You can actually whip up a makeshift batch yourself! All you need is some mod podge, paint and talcum powder, Home Hacks says. Then, just stir those three together, and voila! Job done.
25. Deter rabbits and beetles
It’s not always easy to maintain the plants in your garden – especially if you’re beset by pests. Yet baby powder could be the perfect deterrent. According to DIY Everywhere, you can keep rabbits away from growing flowers after dusting the latter. It’ll also stop Japanese beetles from wreaking havoc as well. Talk about an effective shield!
24. Makeshift air freshener
Is your house smelling a little stale? Well, often an air freshener can solve that problem. But why go out and buy one when you can create it yourself? A combination of baby powder and essential oils will give off a highly pleasant scent. So, stick that in a jar and leave it in a room. You’ll quickly notice the difference!
23. Lipstick hack
Certain lipsticks have a tendency to come off after a short period of time. It’s pretty annoying, right? Well, to prevent that from happening, Home Hacks recommends grabbing some baby powder and a tissue as you’re putting it on. Once the first layer is in place, stick the latter on top. Then, rub the talc across it before adding the second layer. And voila!
22. Remove blood stains
Dealing with blood stains isn’t as simple as you’d think. Water alone won’t rid your shirts or carpets of the marks, and you could instead make it worse. But fear not: according to Home Hacks, you just need to mix a helping of water with baby powder. The resulting blend can then be smeared over the area. Once it hardens, you then simply wipe the concoction off!
21. Soothe dry skin
Baby powder is known for its absorbent qualities, though it can also be utilized as a makeshift moisturizer for dry skin. By dusting the product over the problematic spots, DIY & Crafts claims that it’ll smooth out the roughness. Pretty neat, huh? And baby powder is quite effective in fighting cracked heels, too. So, if you’ve exhausted your skincare options, it’s worth a go.
20. Loosen shoelace knots
We’ve all been there at one time or another when a shoelace knot becomes impossible to untangle. Yet your life can be made a lot easier in those instances with a bit of talc. Simply tap the powder over the shoelaces and carefully work them free, Home Hacks suggests. Yep, you’ll be done before you know it.
19. Laptop hack
Thanks to sweaty and greasy fingers, a laptop’s touchpad can get quite dirty after a while. And of course, that muck will have an impact on the surface’s sensitivity. But did you know that baby powder can help? Home Hacks recommends dusting some talcum powder over the pad, and you’ll be able to slide along your touchpad like it was brand-new.
18. Deter night-time critters
Oh, raccoons – why do these cute night-time creatures have to be so destructive in the garden?! If you’ve grown tired of their antics, though, grab the baby powder from your bathroom cabinet. Then the DIY Everywhere website suggests sprinkling it on the soil around your plants. You see, the aforementioned animals don’t like the product due to its texture.
17. Freshen up your carpets
Over time, carpets can develop a bit of an unpleasant smell. And that’s especially true when you’ve got animals in the house. But the issue can be rectified! Start off by pouring a small amount of talc onto the rug, BT.com suggests. After that, allow it to rest for roughly 15 minutes – before running a vacuum cleaner over the powder. And the resulting scent will be lovely.
16. Removing shine
To explain this next hack, the proprietor of the website LesBijouteries.com spoke to StyleCaster. Geri Barnes said, “I learned this little trick from a photographer working on [a] photoshoot. [Talcum powder] absorbs the perspiration on the face and keeps down the shine. [It really works] with darker skin tones, because [those] tones reflect more under the cameras!”
15. Makeshift deodorant
If you’re struggling to find a deodorant that works for you, have you considered utilizing baby powder instead? Yes, we’re being serious. The product is more than capable of dealing with underarm sweat and taking out bad smells. You only need to dust your hands and then rub it into the pits.
14. Remove sand
As Anakin Skywalker once said, “I don’t like sand. It’s coarse and rough and irritating, and it gets everywhere.” Well, maybe if the Star Wars character knew about this hack, he’d think differently! You see, talcum powder can help remove sand when it sticks to your arms or legs, according to Home Hacks. Just sprinkle it on and you’re away.
13. Ant repellent
Ants can become a big problem if they start to find ways into your house. And it’s especially frustrating when you can’t locate the entry point. But instead of losing your rag, you could call upon the baby powder in your bathroom. The product can act like a makeshift repellent, as the bugs won’t want to wade through it.
12. Card deck hack
“Pick a card – any card! Oh, the deck’s stuck together.” After a while, you’ll probably experience this with your pack of cards, as the material gets worn away. No need to buy another box, though. According to Home Hacks, all you’ve got to do is massage a helping of talc onto the surface and start shuffling.
11. Protect your flowers
Is there a sadder sight for a gardener than that of a decaying flower? It hurts to see! Mind you, this can be avoided if you’ve got a tub of baby powder handy. Prior to sticking the bloom into the soil, Home Hacks recommends dusting both the roots and bulbs. Apparently, that simple action will stop it from withering away.
10. Makeshift dry shampoo
If you’re looking to save money on dry shampoos, you could create your own batch at home. To pull that off, Home Hacks says, you’d need baking soda and baby powder. Once you’ve got hold of them, stir a quarter-cup of both ahead of rubbing the mixture on your head. Then, comb it into your hair – the grease won’t stand a chance!
9. Aftershave substitute
Finding the right aftershave can be a little challenging – especially if it irritates your skin. Then again, baby powder could be a more-than-worthy substitute. Think about it: the product has a desirable scent and its contents won’t agitate the shaven area. Plus, it’s less costly. Worth a go at least, right?
8. Freshen up your cat’s litter box
As anyone with a cat will tell you, the litter box can quickly build up a vile smell if you’re not too careful. One way to avoid that is by dusting baby powder into the litter itself. The nice scent will counteract the bad. Yet this only works if you stick with it – so continue replenishing the talc as and when the tray gets washed.
7. Beat tight clothes
Don’t you just hate it when your favorite pants start to become much tighter than before? No matter what you try, they just won’t budge. Well, don’t throw them away. Try sprinkling a bit of talcum powder on your legs instead. It will act as a lubricant of sorts.
6. Close small cuts
Shaving nicks can be pretty painful and produce a surprising amount of blood. Normally, a torn bit of tissue should be enough to stop the bleeding, but there are other options. According to StyleCaster, talc can help stem the flow when you apply it to the laceration, Pretty cool, wouldn’t you say?
5. Spills and odors
Spills are bad enough by themselves – but smelly spillages? Oh boy. They’re the worst, aren’t they? Don’t let your house fall victim to them! To swerve the stench, be sure to get rid of the liquid and the resulting marks first. After that, dust a helping of baby powder over the surface, Home Hacks recommends. Give it a couple of hours or so, and then hoover up the talc.
4. Treat eczema
To explain this next hack, a skin expert named Dr. Justine Hextall spoke to BT.com. She said, “If you find that eczema-prone areas of skin get hot and sweaty throughout the day and are making the irritation worse, use a mild medicated talcum powder to calm the affected skin. The zinc and allantoin in [there] will help to soothe the symptoms and therefore prevent scratching.”
3. Smooth legs
Are you planning to wax your legs any time soon? Well, you might want to take this on board. When the time comes, BT.com recommends wiping some baby powder along them. The product will subsequently soak up any sweat or grease that’s residing in your skin. In turn, the waxing should be a lot easier as it’ll have a clearer path to the hair.
2. Anti-acne mask
Ah, acne – what an annoying skin condition this is. For some people, it continues beyond their teenage years and nothing seems to clear the problem up. But talc could be a potential solution. By mixing it with a dab of water in a bowl, the subsequent paste can reportedly be utilized as an anti-acne mask.
1. Freshen up your shoes
After a long day on your feet, there’s a good chance that the interior of your shoes will be soaked in sweat. Before it leaves a horrible scent behind, though, grab the baby powder from your cupboard. From there, sprinkle it into each shoe. It’ll freshen those sneakers up in no time!
And Epsom salt is just as handy. Yep, while it may not be the best choice to put on your dinner, it still has a myriad of uses that may make your life easier – including healing a bruise more quickly. And there’s a good reason why it’s worth putting Epsom salt in the corner of a room, too.
20. It helps to remove splinters
Splinters can be a pain. Yes, while they may be tiny little things – sometimes barely visible to the naked eye – they’ll certainly let you know once they’ve got under your skin. And, sometimes, a splinter can be so far embedded into the flesh that tweezers can’t quite reach it. On such an occasion, though, Epsom salt can come to the rescue.
After immersing the afflicted part of the body in an Epsom salt bath, you see, the splinter will work its way to the surface. If the fragment has lodged itself deep into the skin, by contrast, simply apply some of the mineral to a bandage and then cover the affected area. And after you’ve left the dressing in place for 24 hours, the splinter should then be eased out far enough to enable you to get at it.
19. It’s a hair-care marvel
Each hair follicle on the body contains a sebaceous gland. And as the name suggests, the role of these glands is to generate a substance known as sebum – something that helps keeps hair looking glossy. There may be a problem, though, if you produce too much sebum, as this can lead to greasy locks and oily skin.
Fortunately, Epsom salt can draw oil out of the hair if a little is combined with regular shampoo, which should then be applied as normal. And if it’s combined with conditioner and left for 20 minutes before rinsing, the compound can even help tame frizz. As a bonus, Epsom salt can add volume to flat hair by stripping away any product buildup.
18. It’s a great relaxant
A long, hot bath can be the perfect way to unwind. But if you throw a couple cups of Epsom salt into the tub, you can crank that soak up to a whole new level. You see, the human body contains minerals such as sodium, potassium, sulfur and chlorine. The fourth most prevalent of these, however, is magnesium, which is plentiful in Epsom salt.
So, when you lie in water that has been sprinkled with Epsom salt, its key ingredient, magnesium sulfate, will infiltrate the skin. And this substance not only has a relaxing effect on the nervous system, but it can also help loosen up tense muscles.
17. It can cure a hangover
If you’ve over-indulged on a night out, Epsom salt could provide the hangover cure you need. You see, the chemicals produced by the body when processing alcohol are what causes the pain of the morning after – including those feelings of exhaustion and nausea.
Happily, lying in an Epsom salt bath can help to ease some of the ailments associated with a hangover. Even consuming a teaspoon of the stuff in a little liquid could stimulate the body’s water production and flush the toxins away. Exercise caution, though, when it comes to how much you take.
16. It promotes sleep
Getting plenty of rest is super-important for your health – even more so than you know. You see, prolonged sleep deprivation can mean running the risk of such potentially life-changing conditions as high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease and stroke. So, if you’re struggling to get those recommended eight hours a night in, you should turn once again to Epsom salt.
For one, the magnesium abundant in Epsom salt may encourage the production of melatonin – the hormone responsible for keeping sleep patterns consistent. By taking a bath in the stuff before bed, then, the magnesium content of the water could aid relaxation and so help to achieve a decent amount of shut-eye.
15. It can help produce a soothing foot spa
Feet are the workhorses of our bodies, and so we owe it to our tootsies to give them some tender loving care once in a while. All too often, though, our feet are neglected. And, sometimes, we can be unkind to them without even realizing it.
Treat your feet, then, by giving them a half-hour to an hour’s soak biweekly in a bath or spa containing Epsom salt. The magnesium in the salt will improve muscle performance, boost energy and help decrease any swelling; it may even help ease the symptoms of skin conditions such as eczema and athlete’s foot.
14. Use it as a facial cleanser
Epsom salt can be great for cleaning the face and flushing out dirt in pores. Just add a half-teaspoon into your regular cleanser and gently massage the concoction into the skin. This blend will handily improve hydration as well as scrubbing away any dead cells. Then simply remove the mix with cold water.
For a deeper treatment, however, apply Epsom salt as part of a facial mask. First, dampen your face. Then apply a recipe of cognac, powdered milk, egg, lemon juice and Epsom salt to oily skin. If your skin is normal to dry, however, the mineral compound should be mixed with mayonnaise and shredded carrot.
13. It’s a great exfoliator
Thanks to Epsom salt’s texture, it’s an excellent ingredient in a scrub. And by blending the salt with coconut oil, you’ll have a comparatively cheap and surprisingly effective body exfoliator. Grab a handful of the mixture and gently work into wet skin after a shower, then rinse it off and apply lotion.
It’s even said that Epsom salt can alleviate the effects of certain skin ailments. Some believe, for instance, that the substance can reduce the effects of acne as well as soothe sunburn. But while Epsom salt is not claimed to be a miracle cure for such afflictions, its anti-inflammatory benefits can nevertheless help ease some symptoms.
12. It can help make an effective lip scrub
Many people are prone to dry lips – not least because the skin there is thinner and more fragile than elsewhere on the body. The sun and wind, in particular, can have an impact by parching our lips and so leading them to peel and crack.
However, the body scrub recipe mentioned above can also double as a lip exfoliator. And don’t worry if you accidentally eat some during the polishing process, as Epsom salt is perfectly safe to consume in small quantities – although you should definitely hold off on adding it to your dinner.
11. It relieves stress
The health benefits of Epsom salt aren’t merely cosmetic, however. It can also help balance moods, for instance, as well as calm anxiety, reduce stress and alleviate depression. In fact, a number of specialists believe that magnesium encourages the brain’s production of serotonin – the chemical that promotes mental well-being. Doctors may encourage its use, then, even though there’s no conclusive proof of its medical properties.
How did Epsom salt get its name? Well, it’s taken from a town in southern England, which boasts a spring known for its salinity. The compound is actually comprised of sulfate and magnesium, though, rather than chlorine and sodium – hence why it’s not recommended to consume it in large amounts.
10. It can aid recovery from exercise
Many exercise enthusiasts believe that Epsom salt baths can help in their recovery from workouts. In May 2019 New York-based physical therapist Corinne Croce elaborated on this point to Runner’s World, saying, “Magnesium is known to increase relaxation, reduce inflammation and aid in muscle and nerve function. And the sulfate in Epsom salt is said to help with recovery and detoxification.”
Georgia Southern University’s Greg Grosicki has also acknowledged the link between muscle pain and a lack of magnesium in the body. He explained to Runner’s World, “By taking an Epsom salt bath or by exposing the skin to Epsom salts in a cream, we hope to increase our magnesium levels and reduce muscle soreness.”
9. It eases sprains and bruising
Yes, it’s thought that Epsom salt can not only be used to calm swelling in bruises, but also to ease the discomfort of a sprained ankle. And while it’s important not to treat a painful ankle with salt baths too soon after injury – as this can do more harm than good – such a therapy can ultimately relieve tension in damaged tissue and muscles.
That said, the medical benefits of Epsom salt for sprains and bruises or exercise recovery is entirely subjective. Indeed, while some people may feel better after soaking their limbs in the stuff, there is actually little scientific evidence to definitively say why. But as there’s nothing much to prove that Epsom salt doesn’t work in such instances, either, there’s no harm in giving it a try.
8. It helps with constipation
If a bowel blockage occurs, Epsom salt can help to shift it. Simply mix a couple of teaspoons of the substance into a large glass of water, then drink the liquid. This should go on to loosen the contents of the intestine by encouraging the production of more water. It should be noted, though, that oral consumption of Epsom salt comes with a warning.
Some people may in fact find that eating or drinking Epsom salt causes diarrhea – which in turn may lead to both dehydration and considerable distress. Try just small doses of magnesium sulfate, then, if you want to get rid of constipation quickly.
7. It can alleviate headaches
Epsom salt can be useful for soothing headaches and even easing migraines. How? Well, as mentioned earlier, the mineral compound can encourage the production of melatonin. And imbalances in the pineal gland – which is responsible for the hormone’s secretion – have been found in those who suffer from migraines. These individuals have typically shown low levels of magnesium, too.
Plus, as we’ve previously explained, an Epsom salt bath can also help ameliorate tensions that may have built up in muscles. In particular, tightness in the neck, the shoulders and the back can all be eased after a good soak. And removing the strain in those areas could go some way to alleviating migraines and headaches.
6. It improves heart health
Doctors often warn of the dangers of consuming too much salt. And that’s for good reason, as high levels of sodium in the diet can lead to health issues such as high blood pressure. The burden this places on the heart can, moreover, lead to an increased risk of a stroke or even the failure of the organ itself.
However, Epsom salt can actually help boost our health – not least because it’s sodium-free in its purest form. It’s thought, for instance, that its effects can relax the arteries and so help blood to flow more easily – thereby reducing the chances of clots and sudden heart attacks. Some even claim that the magnesium and sulfate of Epsom salt improve the benefits of insulin, thus reducing any other side effects of diabetes.
5. It’s a handy plant fertilizer
But it’s not only humans who can feel the benefits of Epsom salt, as the mineral compound can also be used around the home and garden to improve the look and health of plants. In fact, it’s believed that when Epsom salt is added to soil or water, flora will flourish – growing bigger and stronger.
What’s more, giving your lawn a sprinkling of Epsom salt may just boost its color. That’s because the magnesium contained in the substance hinders the yellowing of leaves and grass. Epsom salt can even act as a form of pesticide by keeping insects away.
4. It can repel slugs
On a related note, Epsom salt can also be used as a slug deterrent. Simply encircle your plants with the compound; that way, you’ll have created a blockade of sorts that the slimy critters won’t cross. The salt can also be applied to patios and porches to stop slugs from getting into the house.
In addition, Epsom salt can help should any bugs get too close. If you suffer an insect bite or sting, just add the salt to water and apply this mix as a paste or lotion to the affected area. The concoction will then be absorbed through the pores in your skin, and the magnesium will ease the irritation.
3. It’s a tip-top bathroom cleaner
Epsom salt makes cleaning the bathroom a breeze – even when it comes to those tough-to-tackle hard water stains. Simply create a solution of a quarter-cup of liquid dish detergent, half a cup of baking soda and one cup of Epsom salt, and use this to scrub away on surfaces for a glistening finish.
Epsom salt can even be used to tackle dirt and debris that are difficult to remove. The salt grain can help lift mold from tiles and grout, for instance, while a mixture of the substance along with vinegar and dish soap can make a good scrub for the toilet bowl.
2. Use it to clean the washer
Epsom salt is a useful helper in the kitchen, too. After using a solution of hot water, Epsom salt and white vinegar in your washing machine, the device should be rid of any nasty odors. Stop the cycle halfway through and leave it for 60 minutes to allow the mixture to really work, then run a second, clear cycle to rinse.
You can even add a quarter-cup of Epsom salt to your laundry as an alternative to fabric softener. And not only will this help soften your clothes and linen, but it’s also kinder to the environment than using a store-bought product. Mixing the salt with a few drops of essential oil will help your garments smell great, too.
1. Salt the corners of your house
Plenty of people are familiar with the idea of throwing spilled salt over the shoulder for luck. And for centuries, the condiment has been a symbol of good versus evil in religion. Famously, too, good and honest people are often described as being “salt of the earth” types.
But there’s yet another use for salt that you may just want to try out for yourself. Some believe, you see, that sprinkling the substance in the corners of your home will bring wealth, good fortune and peace. Standing in the center of the room and dusting handfuls of salt around you in a clockwise motion, meanwhile, is thought to rid the area of negative energy. And whether it works or not – and as with all the other benefits of Epsom salt – it’s worth a try.