Different Uses for Talcum Powder
Johnson & Johnson has been selling talcum powder products to the American public for more than a century. Johnson’s Baby Powder was first released on the market in 1894. Shower to Shower, a deodorizing talcum powder for adults, was heavily advertised on television during the 1960s (“Just a sprinkle a day helps keep odor away”) and is still available online and at various retail stores.
Talcum powder absorbs moisture and odor and reduces friction. It has many practical uses, but unfortunately, it has been linked to ovarian cancer when used for feminine hygiene purposes. Also, many pediatricians recommend against using talcum powder on babies as it can cause respiratory problems and damage the lungs.
Common Uses of Talcum Powder as a Household Product
Talcum powder is made from crushed talc, the softest known mineral. Because this mineral has moisture absorbing, odor-preventing, and friction reducing properties, it has many varied household and cosmetic uses. Talc is an ingredient in countless cosmetic products, including:
- Face powders
- Blush products
- Eye shadows
- Dry shampoo products
Many people have consistently used talc products for other household uses:
- To absorb grease stains on clothing: Talcum powder is often used by applying the powder to a cotton ball and dab at the stain until the grease is removed prior to laundering.
- Dry shampoo your hair: Many people sprinkle talcum powder on a comb and run the comb through hair to remove oil.
- To remove sand after a day at the beach: When wet sand is clinging to the body and clothing, many have sprinkled talcum powder generously over everything, and then simply brushed the sand off.
- To stop wood floors from squeaking: A common use is to sprinkle talcum powder on the floor and sweep it into the gaps to eliminate squeaks.
- To deodorize a pet: Pet owners commonly shake the powder on and brush for a dry shampoo to make a pet smell fresh without bathing.
- Used to make playing cards easier to handle: Card game aficionados often place a deck of cards in a plastic bag with some talcum powder, seal the bag, and shake to distribute the powder.
- To remove mold from books: When books have acquired mold, talcum powder is often used to resolve it. The books are opened so they dry, and then talcum powder is sprinkled between each of the pages. The book is then left standing, and left until the following day, when the talc is simply brushed off.
- To make eyelashes thicker: Some women commonly apply powder to their lashes prior to applying mascara.
- To protect flower bulbs: Flower bulbs can be protected by the use of talc, as it coats the roots of the bulb, protects against rot, and wards off rodents.
- To repel ants: Ants do not like talcum powder. Many people use the powder by sprinkling the product around window panes and floors, or other spots where ants could enter.
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