Everyone knows that it’s a good idea to keep some cotton balls on hand for those day-to-day little scrapes and cuts that need cleaning. If you have children, you are very aware of the benefit of having some cotton balls in the bathroom. But these fluffy little jewels have a lot more uses than cleaning little dings on little knees.
“Versatile” is an understatement
To describe cotton as a “versatile” plant is akin to describing the Mississippi River as a “little creek.” From the myriad uses of the cotton fiber to the vast number of uses for cottonseed oil, cotton continues to be one of the most important natural plants in the Earth’s biosphere.
The cotton ball has traditionally been used in medical facilities and beauty salons. Ladies love them for removal of nail polish and makeup. But there are so many other things that these squishy blobs of cellulose can do! Here’s a few examples you may not be aware of:
- Freshen up the ‘fridge. Cleaned the fridge but still notice that weird smell when you open the door? Apply multiple drops of vanilla extract to a cotton ball, then place it on a shelf at the back of the fridge.
- Clear the mildew. We all know how much mildew loves to crowd into those nooks and crannies in the bathroom. We have choice words to say about it every time we try to clean and can’t get at it. Cotton balls to the rescue! Soak a few cotton balls in bleach, then place them in that spot that refuses to be cleaned. Let them sit there, working their magic, for a couple of hours. Rinse the area with warm water and the mildew should be history.
- Do-it-yourself air freshener. Soak a cotton ball or two in your favorite scent. Place the cotton balls in your vacuum cleaner’s bag before you vacuum. As you vacuum, the scent will be slowly spread into the room.
- Pad your rubber gloves. Those manicured nails you’re so proud of look great, unless they’re sticking through the tips of rubber gloves when you’re doing the dishes. Push a cotton ball into the tip of each finger in your gloves so your nails don’t tear through.
- Fresh smelling purse. Dabble a little of your favorite perfume on a cotton ball and keep it in your purse. It will smell great for a week or two. Replace the cotton ball when you notice the scent waning.
- Temporarily ease a toothache. If you’ve got a stubborn toothache and can’t get to your dentist right away, a cotton ball can help. Soak a cotton ball in clove oil, vanilla extract or whiskey. Apply the cotton ball to the affected tooth, then see your dentist as soon as you can.
- Sparkle up your jewelry. Cotton balls are perfect for the job of cleaning jewelry. You can also unroll the cotton ball then roll your necklaces and bracelets up like a cushioned burrito to store them.
- Keep the bunnies at bay. We all love cute little fluffy bunnies but not if they’re eating their way through our gardens. Employ this trick with cotton balls to humanely keep them at bay. Soak cotton balls in distilled white vinegar. Put them all in a plastic film container after you’ve poked two holes in the top. Place the container in the garden to keep the bunnies out.