16. Hand degreaser
Working on your car or doing some other greasy job? Baby oil is kinder to your hands than harsh soaps.
17. Steel or chrome shiner
Wipe stainless steel or chrome with a little oil on a soft cloth, and it will shine like a good deed.
18. Wood duster and shiner
Put a small amount of oil on your cloth before dusting, and dust will stick to it. Give the wood a gentle rub with a second (dry) cloth until it gleams.
19. Squeaky-hinge lubricant
A drop or two should do it — and baby oil smells a lot better than WD-40.
20. Soap scum fighter
Coat shower curtains and doors with a small amount of baby oil, being careful to wipe up any drips.
21. Adhesive bandage remover
Time to change the Band-Aid on your kid’s knee? Saturate it with oil and wait awhile; the adhesive should lift right off with no pain.
22. Price sticker remover
If a sticker resists removal from a glass, china or plastic item, rub in some oil and wait a bit. The sticker should peel off much more easily. (Note: Don’t do this on cloth or paper items, as the oil will stain.)
23. Golf club polish
Depending on which golf aficionado you talk to, you can protect and shine your clubs with gun oil, WD-40, special golf-club polishes, petroleum jelly, a silicone gun cloth or, yes, baby oil.
24. Dashboard improver
A post on eHow.com notes that scratches can develop on the plastic lenses covering the odometer and other things on the dashboard of your car. Rub them with a bit of baby oil to improve the look.
25. Zipper fixer
Zipper stuck? Apply baby oil with a cotton ball or swab until the zip returns to a zipper. Avoid staining by being careful not to get the oil on the main fabric of the garment.
26. Leather oil
Rub a little baby oil onto leather shoes or bags to keep them from looking dry.
27. Paper shredder oil
If you have a document shredder – and you should – keep things running smoothly with an occasional oiling. Put a couple of pieces of paper in a baking sheet and squirt on some baby oil. Once the paper has absorbed the oil, run it through the shredder.
28. Cradle cap reliever
A kind of dermatitis that causes scaly patches on the infant scalp, cradle cap is common but can be distressing to parents. Rub a small amount of baby oil onto the child’s head and let it soak in for a few minutes before shampooing.
29. DIY baby wipe
The Live Well Network offers a simple recipe that uses water, baby wash solution and baby oil plus paper towels. Or use flannel or cotton fabric cut into squares; these can be laundered along with diapers and reused.
30. Bubble gum remover
Kids end up with gum on their skin or in their hair? Rub a small amount of oil into the mess to soften it, and then gradually work it out with a comb.
For more household hacks for everyday items, check out:
- “77 Uses for Baking Soda — and How It Could Save Your Life“
- “The Case for Vinegar: 83 Amazing and Environmentally Friendly Uses“
- “20 Unusual but Handy Uses for WD-40“
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