Have you ever done something and instantly realized you made a BIG mistake? That’s what happened to me when I carelessly sprayed adhesive on an object while holding it in midair over my kitchen sink. My pretty white sink was covered with icky, sticky residue. I was panicking. I rent my home and was expecting my landlord to drop by. What would he say when he saw what I had done to the sink? How could I be so stupid? I started trying to clean it with anything I could think of- Windex, Kaboom, fingernail polish remover, Comet. Nothing in my household cleaning arsenal was working. I tried scraping but was getting nowhere fast.
I thought of the product Goo Be Gone but realized I didn’t have any. I was going to have to put on a bra and shoes (GASP) and go out and buy some. Then, I glanced over at my bottle of baby oil and thought, hmmm, that might work. What would it hurt? So, I squirted a little on a paper towel and the angels came down from heaven and sang “HALLELUJAH”! The sticky adhesive mess just wiped away. I didn’t even have to scrub. I was amazed. I was saved. This little clear bottle rescued me from my foolishness.
If you see any marks in this sink, they are scratches but I’m going to do what Jillee of One Good Thing suggests and use some Barkeeper’s Friend on it to remove the scratches.
I decided to test it on a label that was stuck to a glass jar. It worked! It took just a tiny bit of scrubbing,/rubbing and the label was off. I have heard of people using lighter fluid, gasoline, soaking in hot, soapy water, using blow dryers, and the safe and simple solution was sitting in their bathroom all along.
That little clear bottle is quite a miracle worker. Here are 20 other great uses for baby oil:
- Furniture Polish- Some people like to add lemon juice but I just use the lavender scented baby oil to make my wood furniture shine.
- Eye Makeup Remover- Why buy that expensive eye makeup remover when baby oil works great and moisturizes your delicate eye area at the same time.
- Make Homemade Baby Wipes- Combine 1/4 cup of baby lotion, baby wash, and baby oil with 1 1/2 cups hot water and pour over a stack of paper towels cut in half inside a plastic container.
- Chrome Polish- Polish chrome hubcaps, faucets, golf clubs, you name it.
- Ear Wax Remover- Just apply a few drops.
- Latex Paint Remover- Pour a generous amount on a cotton ball and scrub onto skin.
- Shoe Polish- Shines your shoes and helps keep them waterproof. Just buff on.
- Bath Oil- Just add a couple of drops and relax in the tub while softening your skin.
- Treat Cradle Cap- I used this on my babies to remove the dry, scaly skin that would build up on their scalps.
- Massage Oil- Helps to relax those tired muscles and reduce the friction against your skin.
- Remove Gum from Hair- If your kids ever get chewing gum stuck in their hair, a little baby oil will help loosen it.
- Aftershave Moisturizer- Keep your legs super smooth after shaving with baby oil
- In Shower Moisturizer- Add 1/2 cup to your shower gel. Apply with a sponge to lock in moisture while showering.
- Eliminate Head Lice- The oil will suffocate the bugs and the nits will slide off the hair shaft. Cover the child’s hair with baby oil and use a lice comb. Comb and remove any nits and bugs regularly. Wash the oil from the hair with dawn dishwashing liquid. Repeat until there are no more bugs or nits.
- Untangle Necklaces- Add a drop or two of baby oil and use a straight pin to remove the knot.
- Remove Rings- If your fingers have swollen and you can’t get your rings off, a little baby oil will help them slide right off.
- Unstick Zippers- Wipe along the edge of the teeth then pull the zipper up and down and the zipper should glide smoothly.
- Soap Scum Remover- Wipe down showers and tubs with baby oil to protect it from the buildup of soap scum. Already have soap scum? Rub it away with baby oil.
- Prevent Stretch Marks- Pregnant women can prevent stretch marks by rubbing baby oil into damp skin once or twice daily after bathing.
- Bandage Removal- Keep those bandages from pulling and hurting when it’s time to take them off by rubbing baby oil over them first.
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