9 Alternative uses for baby products

By Drum Digital
01 August 2014

Most moms, and especially those who’ve travelled with their babies, know you sometimes need innumerable baby products to make it through the day. But have you ever considered some alternative uses for these items? We give you 9 clever ideas.

1. Baby wipes: Who says baby wipes can only be used when changing a nappy? They’re also great in lieu of make-up remover or shoe cleaner, or even to remove stains. It can even be used to relieve the pain caused by sunburn. Click here for 15 great uses for baby wipes.

2. Baby powder: This magic powder works as a great alternative to dry shampoo (for people and pets!) and you can use it to remove grease stains. You can also sprinkle it on your sheets to keep them smelling good or in your shoes as a foot powder. It’s even very handy in removing sand from your skin after a day at the beach!

3. Baby shampoo: Instead of just washing your baby’s hair with it you can wash your delicates and handwash-only items, and remove any unwanted stains. It also removes built-up make-up beautifully.

4. Baby oil: You won’t believe how many uses this product has. Not only does it help with dry skin, it also prevents stretchmarks and works wonders to shine stainless steel. For more creative ideas on how to use baby oil go here.

5. Baby food jars: Use your baby’s empty food jars to store bolts, screws or even loose herbs. These are also very handy for craft projects such as votive candles or as paper weights.

6. Baby lotion: When leather loses its lustre you don't have to spend a lot of money repairing it. Just apply a few drops of baby lotion, clean carefully with a soft cloth and let it dry. You’ll see your purse or your favourite boots regain their like-new shine.

7. Vaseline: There are so many uses for Vaseline – apply on chapped lips or dry patches of skin or use it as a make-up remover. One of our favourites is to mix it with a bit of Tang powdered drink for a flavoured lip gloss! Click here for more alternative uses.

8. Baby nappy rash cream: Yes, it's heavy, smells horrible and is a pain if it ever stains your clothes but nappy rash cream is a miracle worker for skin. Use it as a night-time treatment to dry out pimples, to help with itchiness or to get rid of bug-bite inflammation.

9. Bedtime bubble bath: The lovely scent isn’t just for soothing babies to sleep . . . sometimes SuperMoms need to calm down too.

-Janine Nel

Sources: examiner.com, babycenter.com, themotherlist.com, christinaloves.com, fustany.com

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