Baby powder can help you in more ways than just a quick fix for greasy hair or sweaty skin. Yes, that’s right, you can use baby powder in your garden in multiple different ways. Your tomatoes and butternut squash can grow in peace with the protection on this simple household staple.
Many people might not think that ants could be harmful to a garden, but they are drawn to the sweet tastes of your garden’s produce. Sprinkle some baby powder around the doorways, foundation, and other points of entry to your home. Ants are repelled by the strong odor.
Beetles love to chew and destroy leaves, making them super annoying garden pests. Sprinkle baby powder directly onto the leaves in your garden, and reapply after every rain. The insects won’t enjoy the taste, and they will go munch elsewhere.
These cuddly little animals are one of the worst garden dwellers! They hop onto the beds and eat just about everything. Shake the powder over seedlings and younger plants to discourage the persistent rabbits.
Raccoons and Possums
These nighttime critters hate the feel of baby powder on their paws! So try using the powder to draw a line barrier around your garden. The powder irritates their skin, fur, and paws, and they won’t want to come back once they’ve experienced that.
At the end of a grueling, hot day, gardening gloves can be so hard to take off, especially when you’re drenched in sweat. Sprinkle powder into your gloves before you put them on, and they will slip off with ease at the end of the day. Plus, your skin will be nice and soft.
Shovels, pruning shears, and other tools can give you some nasty blisters after a long day working on the garden. Coating them in baby powder will protect your hands from their roughness, and add some friction, which prevents slipping.
Because of its clean, fresh scent, baby powder is wonderful to toss into your shoes or gardening boots to keep the stink at bay. It will help soak up the moisture from your sweat as well.
Give your indoor bulbs a head start and extra protection from rodents by sprinkling the seedlings before you move them to the ground outside. Place the bulbs in a large Ziploc bag, add three tablespoons of baby powder, and shake.