Saturday, October 31, 2015

10 Clever Uses For Baby Oil


Baby Oil is one of those household products we totally take for granted. At any given moment you have at least one bottle -- maybe more! -- in your house and you don't even know it until you absolutely need it. The things is, though, you should have it at the ready all the time. Because there's so many ways you can use baby oil to make your life better. Check out a few of those things now from Jamie Harrington of

  • Unstick a Stuck Paper Shredder.
I can’t ever remember where I put that tiny bottle of oil that came with my shredder. But, if you have a paper shredder that just seems to not want to work and gets everything stuck, try putting a dew dabs of baby oil on the blades. This almost always makes mine work better and prevents jams. If there is a current jam, allow it to sit for a while to work into the paper and blades, and then proceed.
  • Remove Soap Scum.
Soap scum can be a pain, and some people (meaning me) prefer not to use harsh chemicals to clean their home (and mostly I hate the smell of chemicals–ick!). So, for stuck on scum, I use baby oil! I won’t use the whole bottle, but instead, just drip a little bit on a rag to help scrub away the scum. It comes of like a gem and then I can just follow-up with a rinse and viola! Clear, pretty tile, tub or shower surround!
  • Dust Wood Furniture, D├ęcor, Floors–Just Don’t Slip.
Baby oil works wonders for dusting wood items–even in a hurry. Just apply a few dabs to a cloth and wipe down the area you’d like to clean and it’ll shine-on like a crazy diamond. You can also use one of those nifty removable-head mops (Swiffer, O-Cedar, etc.) with a cloth and a touch of oil to dust and shine wood floors. Just beware, its a lubricant (the word “oil” is prominent in its name), so don’t slip…
  •  Shaving (Legs, Arms, Whatever!).
Baby oil can work as moisturizing shaving cream. Similar to olive or coconut oil (but much cheaper), it will allow for a closer shave, and leave you with soft skin. It also works well for those with sensitive skin–if you get the fragrance-free variety. Even if you don’t shave WITH the baby oil, if you dab a little on after shaving, you get amazing moisture that lasts!
  •  Untangle Necklaces, or Anything That Tangles (except Christmas Lights).
Small chains are in a conspiracy together to be lame and annoying. They hang innocently in my jewelry cabinet and tangle themselves while I’m not looking…And they are not easy to untangle when it inevitably happens. Little brats. No need to panic, though, just add a drop or two of the oil to the knot in the necklace and let it sit for a minute. The knot should loosen and be easy(ier) to undo. This can also work with shoelaces and other items that tangle easily (but works best with the necklaces).

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