3 Uses for Baby Powder That Have Nothing to Do With Babies

Health & Wellness on 08.03.11
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Almost every new mom winds up with a bottle of baby powder or two in the house via a new-baby gift basket. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against the use of baby powder, as it's too easy for the baby to inhale. Some say cornstarch based powder is okay, but still - it's not pleasant for anyone to breathe in powder.

Baby powder isn't that great at preventing or treating diaper rash either. When I was taking my daughter to daycare, diaper cream was all the rage while nary a bottle of powder was seen.

So what to do with your baby powder? Don't throw it away! There are a few great uses for baby powder when you're the parent of young kids.

1. No Time for a Shower? It's Powder Time!

What new mom has the time or energy to wash her hair on a daily basis? Not that you're supposed to wash your hair daily, anyway. My hairdresser yelled at me for doing that.

Don't bother spending money on a dry shampoo between washes. Ditch the tired old ponytail. Instead, just sprinkle a little powder on your palms, rub them together and pat down any greasy areas of your hair. The powder will absorb the oil, and your hair will look great for longer in between washes.

2. Got Ants? It's Powder Time!

I can't even pretend to be embarrassed about the ants who have come sniffing around Alex's splat mat beneath her highchair tray. I try to keep the area as neat as possible, but four meals a day eaten by a kid who loves the gravity test has resulted in some ants.

It's nice to use a relatively safe substance like powder to get rid of pests, especially when you have crawling babies in the house who would pick up an ant trap and put it in her mouth if given the opportunity.

Just sprinkle a little powder along the ant trail and anywhere you see ants scouting for food, and presto! Ant pandemonium! They will go berserk, flee the scene and depending on how much powder you use, probably won't come back for a very long time.

3. Want to Go for a Run? You Guessed it. Powder Time!

It's a hot sweaty summer, and no one likes a case of prickly heat rash. Sprinkle a little powder wherever you chafe before heading outside. The powder will help reduce friction when running to keep your skin protected and smooth.

Katie Morton is the founder of The Monarch Company. Get a FREE copy of her eBook, 10 Steps to a Blissful You, to get started on developing extraordinary willpower for life.

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