Who would have thought this household staple would have so many uses!

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The humble talcum powder has been a bathroom staple for generations but today it’s being classed as one of the best multi-tasking products around! From an effective eyelash thickener to a skin soother, talcum powder has some very unique uses! Here’s what you can do…

Prevent chafing
Everyone knows what this feels like right? Either on a hot summer’s day or before exercising, dust some talcum powder between your thighs to prevent chafing. It will help to eliminate friction when you run so your skin will stay smooth and pain-free avoiding the risk of sores.

Combat smelly shoes
If you or someone in your house has stinky shoes, talcum powder works wonders to eliminate the smell in your hallway! Simply sprinkle a light dusting of talcum powder inside the shoe and leave them overnight. In the morning, shake out the baby powder and you’re good to go! Try this tip with your gym trainers before you go to the gym too, and the powder will absorb any sweat leaving your shoes smelling fresher.

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Thicken your eyelashes
Try dusting them with talcum powder before you apply mascara. The powder acts as a primer which gives you fuller, longer looking lashes without the need for falsies!

Help your make-up last much longer
By absorbing and removing facial oils, talcum powder helps to set your make-up for the day or night. Quick Tip: Talcum powder can also be mixed with a powder or bronzer that is a bit too dark to lighten it up.

Soothe dry skin and treat eczema
Talcum powder can work like a moisturiser to help soothe extra dry skin and if you have areas of irritated skin, rub a bit of talcum powder in to calm it. You can actually by dermatologically approved powder for prone skin – click here to find out more.

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Wipe away sand easily
If you are headed to a beach this summer make sure you pack talcum powder alongside your bottle of sun cream! There’s nothing more frustrating than feeling itchy when you apply sun cream covered in sand, so sprinkle the powder on areas that have sand stuck to you and wipe off. The sweat, oil and water that’s causing the sand to stick will be absorbed by the powder meaning the sand can be easily wiped off your skin. Better still, you’ll know your car and house won’t turn into a sandy mess too!

Use instead of dry shampoo
Sprinkle some talcum powder underneath the top layer of hair at your roots to absorb excess oil. If you have dark hair, mix the powder with cocoa powder and for red hair, mix in some cinnamon. Gently brush through to evenly distribute the product evenly and no-one will ever know!

Cool your sheets
During a hot summer’s night, sprinkle some talcum powder on your bed sheets before heading to sleep and you’ll feel cool and dry all night long!

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Get silky smooth legs
After exfoliating, apply talcum powder to the area of skin you’ll be waxing before you begin. It will absorb any excess oil on the skin’s surface so the wax will be able to grab your hairs better. Better still, your skin will be soothed by the cooling effect of the powder.
Freshen up your house
If your wardrobe is smelling a bit musty – guess what? You can freshen it up with talcum powder! Sprinkle a small amount into a jar or dish and leave it in your wardrobe. The moisture removing properties of the powder will keep it free from that musty smell. You can also you can use it to freshen up your carpets as well. Sprinkle a light covering on your carpets, let it sit for about fifteen minutes and then hoover up – this works wonders for removing tough smells, such as pets or cigarettes.

  • Irene Rawlinson

    It is good for getting rid of ants – sprinkle on the floor where they are and the disappear.