Baby oil uses extend beyond bare bottoms and cradle cap. This multitasker is all grown up and ready to tackle plenty of jobs around the house.
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Baby oil isn't just for babies. Yep, baby oil uses go beyond the nursery (and no, we're not referring to sunbathing). In fact, you can use baby oil all over the house, from the laundry room to the bathroom. Here are some clever baby oil uses.
Baby Oil Uses: Gooey Gummy Messes
Whether you've stepped in gum, dropped it, or your kids have made a major mess with it, grab some baby oil. All you have to do is saturate the gum with baby oil. Leave it on the surface for a minute or so and then wipe it away with a paper towel or comb it out. If you need to remove the oil, wipe with white vinegar to break up the oil!
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Baby Oil Uses: Sticky Shredder Solver
If your paper shredder is sticking and isn't doing the job any more, don't but a new one, try this. Lay a couple of pieces of paper on a baking sheet and squirt it with a little baby oil. Let the oil soak into the paper and then shred. The oil will lubricate the shredder while it's shredding.
Baby Oil Uses: Bargain Baby Wipes
Cut a paper towel roll in half so you end up with two halves that look like toilet paper rolls. Put them in an airtight container, a coffee can or formula can is a great fit. Mix one and a half cups of water, and a tablespoon each of baby shampoo and baby oil. Pour it over the towels and let them soak. When they're good and wet, pull out the center core and pull your homemade wipes easily one by one out of the center.
Baby Oil Uses: Scummy Soap Build-Up Remover
You can keep nasty soap scum from building up on shower curtains and shower doors by coating them with a little baby oil. Be careful not to let any drip onto the floor, it's slippery! Now if you've already got soap scum, use some baby oil to break through that hardened scum. Just put some on a wash cloth and scrub the that scum away.
Baby Oil Uses: Dusting Helper
Apply a small amount of baby oil to a lint free dust cloth. Working in a circular motion, apply oil to wood furniture. Once the oil has been worked into the wood, go over it again with a clean micro fiber cloth working with the grain of the wood for a beautiful, flawless finish.
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Baby Oil Uses: Zipper Helper
Stubborn zippers are no match for baby oil; use a cotton swab to lightly coat both sides of the zipper. Then work the zipper back and forth several times; it'll work like new!
Baby Oil Uses: Dish and Glass Unsticker
If you have a dish or glass stuck to a wood tabletop, don't try to pull it off or you'll damage the finish. Instead, squirt some baby oil around the base of the dish and let it sit for a few minutes. A gentle twist and the dish should pull off easily without damaging the tabletop.
Baby Oil Uses: Paint Problem Solver
If you get paint on your skin, rub a little baby oil into it with a washcloth to easily remove those splatters from your skin.
Baby Oil Uses: Bandage Saver
To remove a plastic bandage without pain and without leaving behind a sticky mess, use a cotton ball to cover the bandage with baby oil. Leave it for a minute and then easily remove the bandage. This tip is great especially if you have little ones who tend to scream when you pull that bandage off.
Baby Oil Uses: Bug Deterrent
Rub some baby oil on exposed skin before you go outside to keep bugs at bay.
Since baby oil is essentially mineral oil plus fragrance, you can use mineral oil in place of baby oil, if you so wish.
Please leave us a comment and tell us your creative baby oil uses!