Right now, millions of women all over the planet are carrying a fresh new napkin or two in their bags. If you’re one of these women, you should know that napkins and panty liners have tons of other uses besides containing menstrual flow.
These things are basically just hyper-absorbent, deodorizing, and disposable sanitary pads wrapped in cotton and individually packaged in waterproof plastic containers. All of these qualities and materials make them perfect for a number of alternative uses. You can even buy them almost everywhere. If you want, you can even get them in bulk for wholesale prices at your local grocery, because after finding out what else these things can do, you might want to stock up.
1. Use Them to Cover and Protect Wounds
Not everyone carries a first-aid kit. If you do happen to carry one, it should include a couple of napkins and some tape. They’re perfect for stopping the bleeding as well as putting pressure on small to large cuts. If there’s a lack of traditional medical equipment, or if your bandages have been exposed to dirt and grime, a fresh napkin and tape will do just as nicely.
It’s all thanks to the napkin’s absorbency, toughness, and sanitary packaging. Additionally, the surface of a fresh pad can also generously hold medicated ointment that can not only prevent contamination but also hasten the healing process.
Taping it all up neatly and with enough tightness allows the wound to be protected and secure enough for transport while minimizing aggravation to the wounded person. If you’re hiking, skating, or engaging in whatever physical activity that might cause you to get wounded, napkins and tape can be turned into instant and highly effective DIY bandages.
2. Use Them to Filter Dirty Water Before Boiling for Drinking
In a desperate situation where you’re forced to drink water from sources that you can’t really trust to be clean, boiling alone may not be enough to make it safe for consumption. If you need to drink from streams and other natural sources of water, you can lessen the risk of consuming harmful materials by using an unscented napkin as a filter.
Fill up a large container with the questionable water. Open up an unscented napkin and put it over the mouth of the container. Secure the napkin tightly with tape, string, or anything you can use to keep the napkin in place. As you pour out the water, the napkin is going to filter all the dust, pebbles, and even some metals from the water. While this alone doesn’t ensure that the water is 100% clear of harmful materials and bacteria, it’s a big step in cleaning it up for consumption. In a pinch, this technique could literally save lives.
3. Use Them to Make a Cheaper Shadow Shield
If you use shadow shields for when you don’t want your eye shadow to get everywhere as you’re putting it on, you might already have an idea of how this might work. For this purpose, it’s best to use thin napkins and panty liners. Just cut them up equally into 3 pieces. Take one of the pieces, peel off the covering, and stick the entire thing on the back of your hand (just to lessen the stickiness for the next step). Now stick a part of the pad to your cheeks, just below your eyes, with the rest of the pad sticking out. Voila! You’ve got instant shadow shields. Depending on how much coverage you want, you can make 2 to 4 cheap shadow shields with each pad.
4. Use Them to Grow Some Beans or Alfalfa Seeds
This is a great little project for introducing little girls to the water-retaining qualities of pads and napkins. Just soak a pad with water to capacity, and put it in a glass jar that’s lying down flat. Sprinkle the seeds of whatever sprouts that you want to grow. You can put this entire thing near a sunny window and in time, it’s going to sprout some delicious tiny produce that you can put in pastas and pizzas.
5. Use Them to Clean Up Wet Messes
If necessary, a napkin can be a virtually indestructible paper towel. They’re the perfect small-sized disposable cleanup pad. This is especially true if you find napkins containing baking soda.
Do you have a dirty microwave? Soak a napkin in water and nuke the wet pad for about a minute. This steams up the inside of the microwave, softening up whatever’s stuck on its walls, roof, and floors. The same pad can be used to wipe the whole thing off later. Repeat as necessary.
They can also be used to soak up melted ice and take care of strange gooey messes in the refrigerator. If you do find napkins with baking soda, they’re perfect for deodorizing the refrigerator after cleanup. Just open it and put it in the ref; it’s going to absorb the odors automatically. You can even use the sticky side to place the napkin on the roof or walls of the ref.
6. Use Them to Control Your Sweating
Large, thick napkins can be used as deodorizing, comfortable, and disposable shoe pads. Just lay them out on your shoes before putting them on. This is a great solution for anyone with excessively sweaty feet.
You can also use 2 napkins as an instant pair of armpit sweat protectors. Just stick them to the inside of your shirt’s armpit. Once they’re completely soaked, replace them with new ones. If you’re a small person, cutting a single napkin in half can be enough to produce a pair of protectors. You can do this if wearing formal attire gets you sweaty, as a napkin won’t be noticeable under several layers of clothing.