Does anyone ever use baby powder on babies anymore? We haven’t used it on either of our kids, but we still always keep some around for various uses. In celebration of baby Jack being one week old today, I thought it would be fun to share some of the great non-baby things that you can use baby powder for around the house!
1: Clean Off Sandy Feet
Make wet, sandy feet easier to dust off by sprinkling them with baby powder. The extra moisture will be absorbed and the sand will just fall right off. I also always keep a pack of baby wipes around to give kids a good wipe down after the beach. After this routine, they’re good as new!
2: Freshen Stinky Pets
Use it as a kind of a freshening dry shampoo for cats and dogs. Sprinkle liberally all over your pet’s fur, rub it in and brush it out.
3: De-Stink Your Cat Litter
A little sprinkle of baby powder in your cat box after scooping can make it smell a little less, well, smelly!
4: Help Detangle a Necklace Knot
If you’ve got a favorite necklace that’s become really tangled, sprinkle it with baby powder before you tackle the job of trying to detangle it and the task will become much much easier.
5: Use it on Hot Summer Sheets
A sprinkling of baby powder can help your sheets feel cooler and freshly-cleaned in the middle of a Summer heat wave.
6: In the Garden
Before planting flower bulbs, coat them thinly with baby powder to keep away pests and help discourage the bulbs from rotting.
7: For Laundry
If you get a nasty grease stain on your favorite shirt, try dusting it with a little baby powder and rub it gently before throwing it in the washing machine. The powder will absorb the grease right out of the fabric.
8: Clean Cook Books
Just the same idea as with the laundry trick, use baby powder to absorb grease spots on the pages of your favorite cookbooks and make them feel like new.
9: Destink Your Sneakers
A quick sprinkling after each time you wear your sneakers is always a good idea. You know what I mean. Keep it by the door to use in kids sports gear as they come through the door too!
10: Silence Squeaky Floor Boards
OK, these particular floor boards are the new ones we just put down in Jack’s room, so they don’t actually squeak, but if they did, I could use a little baby powder swept over the surface to fall into the cracks and keep those floor boards nice and quiet.
So there you go! A few new things you can do with that basic old bottle of baby powder that you have in the back of the cupboard. Who knew?
Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.