If you’ve always thought baby powder was only used to keep skin smooth and fresh, prepare for your world to be turned upside down.
Below are 12 surprising superpowers baby powder can have on these household woes.
1. A knotted necklace
Now you’ll never have to waste time desperately tugging at tangled jewelry. Loosen necklace knots with a little baby powder and use a pin to pull it apart.
2. Musty furniture
Becky from Clean Mama says she like to “keep drawers fresh with a sprinkle of baby powder under drawer liners. This is especially great with antique furniture that has that old smell.”
3. Greasy hair
Most dry shampoos are starch-based, so baby powder can have a similar effect. Sprinkle some on your hands and massage it through your scalp to soak up excess oil.
4. A sweltering summer night
If it’s a hot one and you’re likely to be sweating through the night, sprinkle some powder between your sheets to help absorb sweat and keep things cool.
5. A stuck-together deck of cards
If you’ve had a messy poker night, toss the playing cars into a paper bag with a few tablespoons of powder and give them a good shake. Then wipe them with a paper towel. They should separate easily.
6. A family of ants
You can keep these pests out of your kitchen by blocking their path with powder as they’re not fans of the scent.
7. Oily stains
Dab any oil-based stain with baby powder to absorb the grease before laundering like usual. Brilliant!
8. Sweaty feet
Sprinkle baby powder in your shoes to keep odors at bay. Even without socks, the powder is enough to keep your feet dry so you can go barefoot in flats without a worry.
9. Wimpy eyelashes
You may have heard this tip previously from beauty bloggers. In between coats of mascara, use a cotton swab to dusk baby powder on your lashes. It adds a LOT of volume.
10. Sandy feet
Is the sand from your day at the beach stuck on your feet? Rub some baby powder on your skin and the sand will come right off.
11. Squeaky hardwood floors
Sprinkle baby powder onto your wooden floor and sweep it into the cracks to quiet creaking floorboards. Just wipe away the excess and enjoy the silence!
12. Dish glove friction
After washing dishes, sprinkle a little powder into your rubber gloves. It’ll help keep them fresh while they dry and your hands will slide through easily the next time.