Smooth New Uses for Lip Balm | Reader's Digest

Smooth New Uses for Lip Balm

Why this lip care staple is one you won't want to be without.

from Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things

Prevent windburn
You love to ski, but you hate wearing a ski mask. Next time you go snow skiing, try rubbing lip balm, such as ChapStick, on your face before you hit the slopes. The lip balm will protect your skin from windburn.

Remove a stuck ring
No need to pull and tug on your poor beleaguered finger to try to remove that stuck ring. Simply coat the finger with lip balm and gently wriggle the ring loose.

Groom wild eyebrows
Use lip balm as a styling wax to groom unruly mustaches, eyebrows, or other wild hairs.

Zap bleeding from shaving cuts
Ouch! You just cut yourself shaving and you’ve no time to spare. Just dab a bit of lip balm directly onto the nick and the bleeding from most shaving cuts will quickly stop.

Lubricate a zipper
Rub a small amount of lip balm up and down the teeth of a sticky or stuck zipper. Then zip and unzip it a few times. The lip balm will act as a lubricant to make the zipper work smoothly.

Simplify carpentry
Rub some lip balm over nails and screws being drilled or pounded into wood. The lip balm will help them slide in a little easier.

Keep a lightbulb from sticking
Outdoor lightbulbs, which are exposed to the elements, often get stuck in place and become hard to remove. Before screwing a lightbulb into an outdoor socket, coat the threads on the bulb with lip balm. This will prevent sticking and make removal easier.

Lubricate tracks for sliding things
Apply lip balm to the tracks of drawers and windows, or to the ridges on a medicine cabinet, for easier opening and shutting.