If there’s anything we learned from watching MacGyver, it is that everything in this world has multiple undiscovered alternative uses. With a bit of creativity, the need to find alternate solutions to household problems can open up new and amazing uses for common household items, particularly the ones in your bathroom. Some of these alternate uses can be as strange and unexpected as they are useful. For instance, did you know that you can…
Use Soap to Lubricate Basically Anything
Have you ever tried driving a screw into a piece of wood? Besides hammering it into position before screwing it in, there’s a way to make this even easier. What makes this so difficult isn’t just the hardness of the wood. The friction of the metal against the wood contributes to this being a sweat inducing chore. There’s a simple way to get rid of that friction. Coat the shaft of the screw with soap before you hammer it into place. Just don’t coat the head as that might make your screwdriver slip off. This is going to make it much easier to screw it into the wood than before.
The same goes for saw blades. Whether manual or electric, the blade of a saw is a lot less likely to split wood if it’s lubricated. It’s going to cut smoother, much faster, and with a lot less resistance. Soap is simply a great lubricant for metals and wood, and it doesn’t damage either material. It even comes in a package that’s makes it easy to carry around and apply to equipment.
If you’ve got a squeaky fan belt running in your car, can you guess the solution? Start with a dead engine. Take an already-reduced piece of soap, or cut off a small piece from a bar. You’ll need it to be small enough so you can reach into the hood of your engine and apply soap on every part of the belt that touches the pulleys. After doing this once, start the car to turn the belt over so you can apply soap to every part of the belt. Just repeat this process if the noise comes back.
You can also rub a needle on soap to make it go through stiff garments easier, making sewing less stressful on your hands. If any drawers in the house are either squeaky or malfunctioning, lubricate the sliding parts with soap. The same goes for any sliding doors or windows that don’t work well anymore. Stuck or sticky zippers? Rub soap on the grooves. It even works to loosen old door locks if you don’t have any WD-40. The best part is that you don’t need any special soap to do any of this. You can just use a bar of classic Safeguard for any of these purposes.
Mouthwash is an All-Around Topical Medical Solution
You already know that Sensodyne is a great way to clean the inside of your mouth, especially if you’re prone to ‘pangingilo’, otherwise known as having sensitive teeth. But did you know that it can also be a great addition to any first-aid kit? The important thing to remember here is that all
mouthwash, whether alcohol-based or not, is designed for a single main purpose: killing bacteria.
Thus, it can also be used as a hand sanitizer and facial astringent. It can even get rid of any unwanted odors in the hands; you can use it right after cutting up garlic. You can also mix it with water to make a deodorizing and disinfecting foot bath that will not only treat fungal infections,
but also soften your feet’s skin and nails in preparation for a pedicure or a foot scrub.
Mouthwash is also great for treating poison ivy, reducing the appearance of bruises, and reducing itchiness and inflammation from different insect bites. So if you encounter any of these painful hassles and don’t have any actual medicine at the ready, grab that bottle of mouthwash. Alcohol-free mouthwash is fine, just make sure that it’s also sugar-free. Otherwise, it’s going to get sticky after you apply it on your skin.
Unexpected Uses for Lotions and Moisturizers
As you can imagine, lotions like those from Nivea also have lubricating properties that are similar to soap. This is what makes both lotion and bubbly soap perfect for shaving the legs or any other part of your body; for overly-sensitive parts of the skin, just stick to using lotion. It’s going to work in a similar way as expensive shaving gels, but without burning a hole through your wallet. Besides these obvious benefits, what else can lotion do for you?
It can reduce chances of shock via static electricity. If you work in a heavily air-conditioned place that’s carpeted from wall-to-wall, you may already know that touching your coworkers can sometimes lead to sudden static electric shock. Applying lotion on your hands forms a barrier on the skin that prevents the transfer of electricity, no matter how dry the air is.
Because of its formulation, lotion also works great for polishing leather shoes. So, if you need to look extra posh or dapper later, and don’t have time to shop for actual shoe polish, you can just dab a generous amount of lotion on a piece of cloth and rub it on your shoes. Put some work into it. This method can get rid of deep scratches. As a bonus, it leaves your shoes not just with a brilliant shine, but also a protective layer that keeps dust and dirt away. So don’t be so quick to throw away those expired bottles of lotion. They’re great alternatives to shoe polish.
Lotion is also a great and healthier alternative to hair styling products, too. If you want smooth, flowing hair without any unsightly and frizzy wisps, lotion can help. Dab tiny bits of lotion all over your palm, put down the lotion, and then touch your hands together. With small dabs of lotion covering both your hands, it’ll be easy to spread it all over your hair and get the desired effect. It’s a simple hairstyling hack that even MacGyver would have loved to know about.