11 Surprising Uses for Talcum Powder

By - July 1, 2019
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Talcum powder is not just useful for babies. This versatile white powder can do so much for us than prevent diaper rash. Below are some of the most surprising uses for talcum powder.

#1 Dry Shampoo

Baby powder is ideal for a dry shampoo. All you need to do is sprinkle powder on your comb and run it through your hair all the way down to the roots. It takes all the oil and grease out and makes your hair look like you just washed it. Plus it smells good so your hair will smell like it was washed.

This can work very well for people with blond or gray hair. If you have brown hair, you should add a bit of cocoa powder before you comb. (diyncrafts.com)

#2 Pet Shampoo

Baby powder is not just great as a dry shampoo for people. It works great for dogs, too. If your dog has not had a bath in a while or you want to just give him a quick refresh, rub a handful of talcum powder into his fur. Let it sit there for a few minutes and then brush it out. It will take the oil out of the hair and make their coat look like it was just washed. It smells great too and will reduce that yucky dog odor that they can get if they have not been bathed recently. Also, your dog will probably prefer having a dry shampoo than one with water.

#3 Get Rid of Sand

If you are going to the beach this summer, bring talcum powder. It helps to get the sand out that gets into your clothes as well as your house or car after you have been at the beach. Sprinkle some powder over anyone who has sand on them. The powder makes it easier to get the sand off and you will be happier to not have sand all over your car or house.

#4 Get Out Grease Stains

Talcum powder is helpful for keeping your favorite clothes clean and new looking by getting out grease stains. If you get grease on your clothes, you only need to apply some baby powder on a cotton ball and dab the grease stain. Rub the powder into the stain well and shake off the powder that is left. Repeat this until you see all the grease is out and then wash it as you normally would.

#5 Use on Playing Cards

Adding talcum powder to playing cards is an old but effective trick to make cards easier to handle and prevents them from sticking together. When you buy a new deck, put them in a Ziploc bag with a bit of baby powder. Seal it and shake a few times to get the powder all through the cards. Once you take the cards out and shake off the powder, they are smoother and easier to shuffle and deal.

#6 Untangle Jewelry

Isn’t it annoying when you have a favorite necklace that keeps getting tangled? It can take hours to get all those tangles out, especially from a chain that is smaller and there is a risk of kinking or breaking the chain, which means you then cannot wear it. The next time you have tangles in your favorite necklace, get out the baby powder. Sprinkle a little on the chain but make sure it gets into all those crevices and crooks. The powder helps to loosen up the knot a tad, and makes it easier for you to get them undone.

#7 No Chafing

If you run a lot, especially during the summer, you may get chafing in your groin or other areas. Rub some baby powder in the sore area and it will clear it right up. It eliminates friction when you run so your skin is smooth and has no pain. This is a good idea for any repetitive movement that causes friction. It works great on inner thighs and other areas that rub together when you walk or run.

#8 Reduce Waxing Pain

Waxing is helpful for getting out unwanted hair, but it can leave you with pain. If you apply talcum powder right before you apply the wax, it will make the whole process less painful. The powder effectively absorbs moisture, which lets the wax work more effectively because it will stick to every single hair. Also, it protects your skin and leaves it smoother and less painful and red.

#9 Freshen Smelly Shoes

If you have shoes that smell, baby powder can do a lot to get rid of the stinky odor. This is a great thing to try for new tennis shoes, which usually start to smell when you get sweat in them from your feet. Sprinkle a bit of baby powder in all your shoes that smell and let them sit for the night. Shake them out in the morning and your shoes will smell good as new.

#10 Protect New Flower Bulbs

When you purchase flower bulbs, it is smart to dust each with baby powder before you plant. Put a few of the bulbs in a Ziploc bag with a few tablespoons of baby powder. Seal it and shake it a few times. The baby powder coats the bulb roots and protects them from rot. The powder also keeps away voles, grubs, moles and other rodents. Many experienced gardeners do this to protect their new bulbs before they plant them.

#11 Use on Old, Moldy Books

If you have old books that have mold in them, you can get rid of it and make them seem and smell almost new again with some baby powder. You need to let the books dry out first, so open them and let them dry in the air for a day. After they have dried, sprinkle some baby powder between each page. Stand them up and leave them for a few hours. You might want to leave them until the next day to see best results. Then brush the powder out and they will smell a lot newer.

References

11 Brilliant Uses for Baby Powder. (2019). Retrieved from https://www.diyncrafts.com/7271/lifehacks/20-brilliant-uses-for-baby-powder

Melinda J.
Melinda J.

Editor-in-Chief of TalcumPowderSafety. Since 1999, she's worked across a multitude of areas of consumer protection including defective products, environmental issues, identity theft, predatory lending and more.

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