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Baby Oil Uses - Not Just for Baby Soft Skin

Updated on June 29, 2011

Why I Buy Baby Oil With No Children at Home

Baby oil is associated with babies, baths, and baby soft skin. And it's nice for all of that. But baby oil is very cheap and there are a myriad of baby oil uses that can be used around the house. Although I don't have children anymore, I still keep a bottle of baby oil handy. Here are a few reasons why:

Baby Oil Uses for Beauty

Everyone knows about baby oil's use as a cheap, gentle makeup remover, don't they? If you didn't, you do now. Just put baby oil on a cotton ball or cotton square. Use it to remove about any makeup, even mascara. And you get soft skin out of the deal, too.

One of my favorite baby oil uses is as a moisturizer for my hands and feet at night. I wear cotton socks and gloves to bed after applying the baby oil. When I wake up, my hands and feet are so soft and smooth. I also massage baby oil into my cuticles at night. This is really effective at preventing hang nails.

Another excellent beauty use for baby oil is for shaving. Forget expensive shaving cream that always seems to run out when you need it most. Baby oil softens the hair, making it easy to shave. Just rub into your skin a couple of minutes before shaving. Plus, you get super soft legs as a result. Works on beards, too.

Use expensive hair serum to control frizzies? Baby oil to the rescue of your pocketbook! It works just as well as expensive hair products to smooth hair and control frizz. It only takes a very little amount, or your hair will look limp and oily! Just put a drop or two into your palms, rub together, and then run your hands through your hair where it needs it.

Uses for Baby Oil Around the House

Another of my preferred baby oil uses is for polishing furniture and woodwork. I have lots of wood furniture, solid wood doors and woodwork throughout my house. Whenever they start to look dull, most of the time I use baby oil. I just pour a bit on a clean cloth and polish away. If it's gentle enough for baby skin, I figure it's fine for my wood furniture. And it works really well.

Baby oil is great at removing sticky things that don't want to be removed. I use baby oil to remove stickers instead of that expensive stuff you can buy in home improvement stores just for that purpose. It also removes gum.

If I notice a squeaky door or a drawer that keeps getting stuck and I don't have any regular oil lubricant around, out comes my handy bottle of cheap baby oil that I have poured into a spray bottle. (I use an old window cleaner bottle that I recycled, no less.)

Another of my unusual but effective baby oil uses is for untangling necklaces. I just put a couple of drops of baby oil on the knot, and it helps loosen it for easier detangling. It also works if you have a ring stuck on your finger. Just add a dab of baby oil to your finger above the ring. Massage it down under the ring. It will loosen the ring right off your finger!

Bet You Didn't Know Baby Oil Was so Useful

I bet you didn't know there were so many baby oil uses! If you have any more uses for baby oil that I haven't mentioned, why not tell me about it in the suggestions below?

Oh yeah, one thing baby oil is NOT recommended for is as a personal lubricant. It will destroy a condom, diaphragm, or other type of barrier type birth control, rendering them useless. Plus, using baby oil can cause yeast infections. So, don't mention that use! I don't want any unwanted pregnancies or yeast infections on my watch. ;-)

Baby Oil Uses - Comments and Suggestions

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      Laura Schneider 5 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      I agree with Chloe--I'd never heard of it being used to untangle necklaces, but I've got a jewelry box full of tangled messes and a full bottle of baby oil in the bathroom waiting to do battle. :-) Cheers!

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      halina 6 years ago

      I use few drops of baby oil in my bath. Works great.

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      Teresa Peach 6 years ago

      Hi, I am a new Hubber. I liked your baby oil article a lot! I have used baby oil for removing my eye make up for years! I am 48 and have barely any visible age around my eyes and I think I owe it to the baby oil!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      I have been using baby sop for years. Its cheap and so beneficial. If it is good for a baby. Thank you for a very informative hub

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      ChloeP 7 years ago

      Nice hub Angela.Some things there I have never thought of - especially using baby oil to untangle necklaces.

      Baby oil smells gorgeous too. It makes quite a nice massage oil.

      You might want to check out my hub on the uses of Avon Skin So Soft Dry Oil Body Spray. Great minds think alike!! x