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I don’t know what exactly triggered the idea to do a WWII post on Baby Powder, but when I sent out the call to family and friends I was pleasantly surprised at how useful this little bottle can be. We were able to come up with a list of 30 Frugal Living Tips from WWII. Who would have thought that a powder meant to heal little rashed bottoms, or as my grandmother called them, bums, could do so much.
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- Chafing – to avoid, sprinkle
the area with a little baby powder.
- Deodorant – to sweat, dust
sweat prone areas with a little baby powder.
- Diaper Rash – to soothe,
dust their little bottoms with baby powder before diapering.
- Eyelashes – to make them
look longer, dust your eyelashes with a little baby powder before applying
- Eyelashes – to add volume, dust
your eyelashes with a little baby powder before applying mascara.
- Hands – to soften, use baby
powder instead of hand lotion.
- Make-up – to set, use baby
powder instead of expensive finishing powder.
- Shampoo – to make your own
dry shampoo, sprinkle a little baby powder in your hands and rub it into your
- Shaving – use baby powder
instead of after-shave.
- Shaving – to prevent
friction when using an electric razor, lightly dust skin with baby powder
- Waxing – to ease pain, dust
the area with a little baby powder before applying the wax.
- Blood Stains – to remove, make
a paste using baby powder and water. Apply the paste to the stain and let it
dry before brushing the stain away.
- Grease – to remove from clothing,
sprinkle both sides of the fabric with a little baby powder. Rub it in and then
brush away the powder. Repeat until the stain is gone.
- Pet Accidents – to remove
odors, wet the area, blot dry and then sprinkle with a little baby powder. Let
it dry and then vacuum.
- Sheets – to make them cool,
sprinkle a little baby powder on them before crawling in.
- Shoes – to eliminate odors,
dust the inside with a little baby powder and let them sit overnight.
- Walls – to remove grease,
sprinkle some baby powder on a soft cloth and rub the spot until it’s gone.
- Ants – to repel, sprinkle
their trail with some baby powder.
- Flower Bulbs – to keep them
from being eaten by garden pests, coat the bulbs with baby powder before planning.
- Flower Bulbs – to keep them
from rotting, coat the bulbs with baby powder before planting.
- Beach Sand – to remove
easily, sprinkle some baby powder on your skin and brush off the sand.
- Books – to remove mildew
odors, make sure that the book is dry, than sprinkle the pages with some baby
powder. Let the books sit for several hours before brushing away the baby
- Books – to remove mold, make
sure that the book is dry, than sprinkle the pages with some baby powder. Let
the book sit for several hours before brushing away the baby powder.
- Floorboards – to keep them
from squeaking, sprinkle the floor with some baby powder and sweep it into the
- Necklace – to untangle,
sprinkle it with baby powder and work out the tangles.
- Pets – to make them smell
good, rub a couple of handfuls of baby powder into their fur. Let it sit for a
couple of minutes and give them a good brushing.
- Pets – to shine their coats,
rub a couple of handfuls of baby powder into their fur. Let it sit for a couple
of minutes and give them a good brushing.
- Playing Cards – to keep them
from sticking, place the deck of cards in a bag, sprinkle with a little baby
powder and give the bag a good shake.
- Rubber Gloves – to easily
slip on, dust the inside of the glove with a little baby powder before putting
– to easily remove knots, sprinkle the laces with a little baby powder before
loosening the knots.
What are some unique ways you use Baby Powder?
* If, by some small miracle, you worked at Amway in Ada, MI in the 1980’s and were the person my mother loaned the notebook to, please Contact Me. The notebook is a small (aprox. 6″x9″) black leather, 3-ring binder, and contains hand drawn patterns (teddy bear), recipes and household tips and tricks. It would mean so much to my family to have it back.
Artsy VaVa says
I had no idea! Thanks for the tips.
AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa says
This is so cool! Never knew half of these…pinned!
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