24 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Baby Shampoo
What’s gentle enough to use to cleanse your baby’s tender hair and skin but strong enough to wash your car? Why, baby shampoo! Who knew?!
Wash your face
If it’s gentle enough for your baby’s skin, then it stands to reason it would be gentle enough for your own. That’s how Heidi Klum came to include baby shampoo as part of her go-to beauty routine. She calls it “gentle” and “thorough,” according to Hello Giggles.
Ouchless adhesive bandage removal
“Just rip off the Band-aid,” they say, but if you’re not brave enough (and who really is?), you can rub a drop of baby shampoo onto the adhesive, and it should curl right up off your skin. And if it’s your toddler who’s in need of removal, you can add a drop of food coloring and ask your toddler to help you “paint” the bandage, suggests Very Well Family.
Clear your sinuses
A neti pot can help keep your sinuses clear and eliminate snoring, but if you add a drop of baby shampoo (a half teaspoon to 8 ounces of saltwater), it can help you get over a sinus infection, according to Mas Takashima, MD, director of the Sinus Center at Baylor University. “We tell our children to wash their hands with soap, not with plain water, in order to clean bacteria from their hands. The same concept is being used in the sinuses,” writes Dr. Takashima. But be sure to clear it with your own physician first, and please follow these safety tips whenever you use your neti pot.
Treat minor eye inflammations
Got red, itchy eyelids? You could have blepharitis, which the American Optometric Association says is a common eye disorder often caused by bacteria. And just as with sinus infections, eye infections can respond well to a bit of baby shampoo, which is famous for not irritating baby’s eyes. Simply apply a warm compress, then gently scrub your eyelids with a dilute mixture of baby shampoo plus water or saline solution (a drop or two of shampoo to 8 ounces of the water or saline).
Remove hair color
How could something gentle enough to use on your eyes and in your nose be strong enough to remove hair color? Just add a bit of baking soda to your baby shampoo, and scrub that excess color away. It might take a few rounds of “lather, rinse, repeat,” but beauty experts swear by it, and it’s a lot more gentle than bleach. And next time around? Try avoiding these hair color mistakes!
Clean costume jewelry
Diamonds are the hardest substance on earth, right? So it wasn’t surprising to me when my jeweler recommended cleaning my engagement ring by boiling it in a mixture of baby shampoo and water. But did you know you can also use baby shampoo to clean costume jewelry, which is notoriously less durable than diamonds? Simply mix together one drop each of baby shampoo and water, and apply with a Q-Tip or a soft toothbrush. Then rinse with cool water and dry thoroughly. Here are 12 other surprising ways to clean your jewelry.
Mop the floor
If you’re trying to reduce your use of harsh chemicals when cleaning your house, consider using baby shampoo (one tablespoon to a gallon of water) to mop your floors. It’s gentle, but it helps remove oils, and it rinses clean, without residue. Here are 15 chemical-free ways to clean your home.
Steaming your carpets doesn’t mean you have to use harsh chemicals. As with your floors, you can use baby shampoo instead. Just add a capful, et voila, your carpet isn’t just clean, it won’t irritate your crawling baby’s skin. Don’t miss the other natural carpet cleaners.
Clean your stovetop
Baby shampoo is formulated to gently cleanse baby’s skin of the excess oils that can contribute to skin irritations. That means it’s also good at cleaning your stovetop. Since your stovetop is more durable than your baby’s skin, try mixing a sprinkle of baking powder for extra cleaning power. Find out 17 brilliant ways to fix things with baking powder.
Clean and maintain your leather furniture
Your leather furniture doesn’t require any special “leather cleaning” solution. In fact, it’s kind of begging you not to treat it so harshly, according to the Krazy Coupon Lady. Instead, just use a bit of baby shampoo, mixed with water and applied with a damp (not soaking wet) cloth. No need to rinse. Simply buff off any excess.