Unexpected and Handy Uses for Products in Your Medicine Cabinet

You might never have realized that there is a world of uses for beauty products beyond the obvious. If you’ve got a medicine cabinet full of products that never seem to get used up, or have a dilemma that you just can’t seem to solve, look in your bathroom:

New Uses for Baby Oil:

  • Remove latex paint from your skin by taking a cotton ball and liberally applying baby oil. You might have to scrub a little, but the paint should come out.
  • Untangle an annoying knot from your necklace chain by massaging baby oil on the tangled spot. Use a straight pin to carefully pull the knot apart.
  • Don’t like the way bandages pull your hairs when you need to pull them off your skin? Try rubbing baby oil over the sticky parts of the adhesive bandage before pulling.
  • Slip off a stuck ring by rubbing baby oil on your finger and rotating the ring until it comes off.

New Uses for Dental Floss:

  • Unstick a photograph that’s been glued to an album page by running a piece of dental floss between the photo and the page until it comes off. You’ll be able to remove the picture and keep damage to a minimum.
  • Save a beaded necklace by using dental floss as a temporary chain. Thread the loose beads on the dental floss to keep them safe until you find a more permanent solution.
  • Hang a lightweight painting by using dental floss in place of picture wire.
  • String a popcorn garland during the holidays: Just thread the floss through a needle as you would ordinary sewing thread.
  • Tie your hair back if you don’t have elastics available.
  • Cut a cheesecake: Use unwaxed, unflavored floss to slice any soft layer cakes, or homemade cinnamon buns from a roll.

New Uses for Antacid Tablets:

  • Clean a toilet by dropping an antacid tablet in the bowl, wait 20 minutes, and then wipe clean with a toilet brush.
  • Remove a stain from a vase’s bottom by dropping an antacid tablet in the vase with some water. Let it sit for several minutes before rinsing and wiping dry.
  • Soothe a sting by dissolving two tablets in a glass of water and then dab on bug bites.
  • Make a bottle rocket to impress the kids: pour water into a plastic 35-millimeter-film canister until it is one-third full, drop in a tablet, replace the lid, and quickly place the canister upside down on the ground. Stand back. In 5 to 10 seconds, the gas pressure will make the canister pop its lid and shoot several feet into the air.

New Uses for Cotton Swabs:

  • Touch up chipped paint on the walls or use to apply wood stain on elaborate carvings or scratches on furniture and floors.
  • Keep your phone charged: Use a swab dipped in alcohol to clean the battery contacts of a cordless phone, cell phone, or laptop. By keeping the battery clean, you extend the life of the battery.
  • Apply Halloween makeup with cotton swabs instead of your expensive makeup brushes.
  • Dip cotton swabs in your eye makeup and seal in a plastic baggie. When you go out at night keep the plastic baggie in your purse and touch up your makeup on the go.
  • Shine your silver with cotton swabs, especially in tiny crevices.
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