Not Just for Kids: 28 Ways Baby Oil Saves You Money

Here's why this emollient for infants belongs in the home of every financially shrewd adult.

15. Paint remover

Got latex paint on your hands or arms after painting a room? It might rub right off, or it might embed itself in your knuckles and other skin folds. A post on Instructables.com recommends massaging paint spatters with baby oil in circular motions.

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. Be sure to wipe up any drips so no one slips.

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 on a baking sheet and squirt on some baby oil. Once the paper has absorbed the oil, run it through the shredder.

28. 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.

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Donna Freedman
Donna Freedman @DLFreedman
A former newspaper journalist, Donna Freedman has been a staff writer for MSN Money and Get Rich Slowly, and freelanced for a wide variety of online and print publications. She got a ... More

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