Terrific Ways to Use Talcum Powder

Keep ants away
For an effective organic ant repellent, scatter talcum powder liberally around house foundations and known points of entry, such as doors and windows. Other effective organic repellents include cream of tartar, borax, powdered sulfur, and oil of cloves. You can also try planting mint around the house foundations.

Fix a squeaky floor
Don’t let squeaky floorboards drive you crazy. For a quick fix, sprinkle talcum powder or powdered graphite between the boards that squeak. If that doesn’t do the trick, squirt in some liquid wax.

Remove bloodstains from fabric
To remove fresh bloodstains from clothing or furniture, make a paste of water and talcum powder and apply it to the spot. When it dries, brush away the stain. Substitute cornstarch or cornmeal if you are out of talcum powder.

Get rid of greasy carpet stain
A greasy stain can spoil the look of the most luxurious carpeting. You can remove greasy stains from a carpet with a combination of talcum powder and patience. Just cover the affected area with talcum powder and wait at least 6 hours for the talcum to absorb the grease. Then vacuum the stain away. Baking soda, cornmeal, or cornstarch may be substituted for the talcum powder.

Degrease polyester stains
Your favorite polyester shirt or blouse may come back in style someday, but you’ll have to get rid of that ugly grease stain before you wear it. To get rid of grease stains on polyester, sprinkle some talcum powder directly onto the spot and rub it in with your fingers. Wait 24 hours, and gently brush. Repeat as necessary until the stain is completely gone.

Loosen tangles and knots
Don’t break a fingernail trying to untie that knot in your shoelace. Sprinkle some talcum powder on shoelaces (or any knotted cords) and the knots will pull apart more easily. Use talcum powder to help untangle chain necklaces too.

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