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7 creative (and super unusual) ways to use baby oil
March 15, 2017
Baby oil moves out of the nursery and into your medicine cabinet, your jewelry drawer and even your clothes closet. Here are seven unconventional uses that'll convince you to keep this inexpensive product on hand.
1. Fix a stuck zipper Tanya Sharma of Momtastic recommends a little baby oil to nudge a stuck zipper back into action. Use a cotton swab to apply a small amount of oil to the area, then gently work the zipper back and forth to release it.
2. Soften ear wax buildup Apply a few drops of baby oil into your ear to soften built-up ear wax. Use a dropper; the American Academy of Otolaryngology says to never insert any item, such as a cotton swab or cloth, into the ear canal itself.
3. Untangle a necklace Using a toothpick or cotton swab, apply a drop of baby oil to the knot in the necklace. Kat Collings of WhoWhatWear says the now-slippery knot will undo itself more easily as you work the chain.
4. Remove a temporary tattoo Rub the tattoo with a soft cloth or cotton ball saturated with baby oil. For a particularly stubborn tattoo, do a second wash with rubbing alcohol after the baby oil, says Rob Callahan of LiveStrong.
5. Remove eye makeup Many people swear by baby oil as a natural way to remove eye makeup. While effective, baby oil can leave a residue that clogs pores, says Dana Oliver of the Huffington Post, so be sure to wash the area thoroughly after you swipe it with oil.
6. Remove gum from hair Just use your fingers to work some baby oil into the gum-infested hair, and the gum wad should slide right out, says Beth B. on Thrifty Fun.
7. Soften dry hair Wendy of XO Vain uses this trick to soften the ends of her hair when dry. Apply baby oil to a makeup pad or tissue, then press around the ends and hold for a bit, allowing the oil to saturate the hair. Go easy on the oil, or you'll weigh down your hair and make it greasy.