The early days of parenting fly by fast. Left with a mountain of diapers, baby powder, shampoo, and more, you might be wondering what to do with it all...especially once your baby has outgrown 'em. So here's five ways to put those leftover baby products to good use with these simple cleaning hacks that will save waste and make your household chores even easier.
1. Baby Wipes
Baby wipes are the queen bee of cleansers. Long after your toddler is toilet trained, you’ll still want to stock the house with these versatile little miracle workers. If you’ve ever handled a baby wipe, you know they’re absolutely perfect for cleaning just about any mess, from food covered faces to mysterious sticky spills. You can even pop one on the end of a Swiffer-style floor duster for a quick mop.
THE CLEANING HACK: What you might not have realized is that baby wipes are also excellent stain removers for clothes and fabric. They work very well to wipe away spills on microfiber upholstery. First blot the stain with the wipe and then gently rub to fluff up the fabric. They are also the perfect solution to those annoying white deodorant stripes. Just rub a wipe gently on the mark and watch it disappear.
2. Cloth Diapers
Beyond the obvious use, cloth diapers are great to have around even after your toilet-training days are over.
THE CLEANING HACK: The soft cotton cloth inserts are virtually lint-free which makes them perfect for dusting delicate items like soft wood, vases, crystal, and other decorative tchotchkes. All those layers are also super absorbent, which makes cloth diaper inserts a reusable alternative to paper towels for quick cleanup of spills. Just keep clean cloths in a kitchen drawer or on a hook for easy access when accidents happen.
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3. Baby Shampoo
The gentlest cleanser you can find also makes a great option for cleaning other family members who need delicate care—ie, your dog. The mild formula of baby shampoo can help get a pooch clean without irritating or drying out its skin. Just rub on as you would with a regular dog shampoo.
THE CLEANING HACK: Baby shampoo also makes a great cleanser for your makeup brushes. Add a drop of baby shampoo to a bowl of lukewarm water. Swirl your brushes around in the bowl, then rinse them out under running water. Shake off the excess water and let them air dry.
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4. Baby Powder
Along with your bundle of joy, you’ve probably gained a few additional household stains, thankfully baby powder can help with that. You might never solve the mystery of how those greasy fingerprints ended up all over the hallway walls, but removing them will be a piece of cake.
THE CLEANING HACK: Pour a pinch of baby powder on a clean dusting cloth (or one of those super useful cloth diapers!) and rub it onto any greasy spots. Repeat if needed until the stain is gone. This cleaning hack also works for grease spots on clothes. Just sprinkle onto a grease stain and gently rub it in before washing. And your house isn’t the only thing that baby powder can help you clean. It makes a great DIY alternative to pricey dry shampoos. Just sprinkle a little baby powder on your scalp and brush or comb it through your hair until you can’t see it.
5. Baby Detergent
If you splurged on that giant bottle of overpriced baby detergent, only to discover you're too exhausted to worry about separating loads, you can chalk it up to live and learn (we've been there!).
THE CLEANING HACK: Luckily, that pricey baby detergent can work as a handy cleanser for some of your own clothes. Delicates, like bras, and any items that require special care, like hand washing only, will benefit from being washed in a gentle baby detergent, since it’s less harsh than the regular variety.
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Tell us in the comments: What’s your favorite baby product cleaning hack?