Do you ever feel like you have so many of something that you wonder what you can do with all the extra you have?
Cotton balls are plentiful around my house, especially since I tend to purchase them in bulk from wholesale clubs. So I always have a plethora of cotton balls and I’ve found so many great uses for them all over the home besides just in the bathroom.
Crafts: I think that other than using them for their traditional purpose, crafts tend to be the next most common use for cotton balls. You can use them as fur on animals, hair on humans (yes you can color them), and as snow.
Ears: They make great earplugs to block out sound. In addition you can use them to clean earring posts and ear lobes for pierced ears. Or if you need to put drops in your ears, saturate a cotton ball with the liquid and place inside the ear. They also prevent water from getting in the ears when bathing and washing your hair. They don’t help as much when swimming due to the fact that if a head is submerged into water, so is a cotton ball.
Blisters: I love cotton balls for new shoes. Simply put them in your shoe wherever it’s rubbing, or if you already have a blister just place the cotton ball on top and you’re good to go.
Jewelry: Cushion breakable items such as jewelry. You can spread the cotton ball out, and some even unroll and then use the cotton to cushion your jewelery and other small items. Cotton balls are also great for cleaning jewelry. They are gentle on fragile items.
Cushioning: Use them to keep blisters and sores from rubbing on socks, shoes and other items. Just place the cotton ball on the spot and secure with a bandaid.
Seed Starters: I use cotton balls as seed starters each year for my garden. They hold water well, and there is a great tutorial for how to use cotton balls with seeds.
Nail polish: Beyond using them to remove nail polish, you can also use them to separate your piggies while painting your toes.
Deodorizer: You can saturate a cotton ball with vanilla extract or another extract or essential oil and place in the refrigerator for a mild but effective deodorizer. The same works for trash cans, baby’s diaper pail, and your sock drawer.
Cleaning: I always have trouble cleaning around my shower and toilet in the bathroom, as well as around the bathroom sink. Often mildew breeds right there in the grout between tiles in those exact locations. However, use a cotton ball! Just soak a few of them in some bleach and place them in those difficult spots. Leave them for a couple of hours to do their job and when you remove them, you’ll find it looks great. Wipe the surface with warm water when finished.
Rodent Bait: We occasionally get mice in our garage. I hate it so much. Instead of using food or something else to trap them, which will also increase your insect population and can get gross, soak cotton balls in an extract and put them in the traps. I have found almond and vanilla to work well. I’m pretty sure you could use any though.
Applications: Using a cotton ball, you can apply astringents, lotions, oils, cleaners and anything else to their required surface. Keeps your fingers and hands clean and evenly covers.
Fire Starters: Use them for lighting oil lamps and candles. You can take two cotton balls, and roll them into long pieces. Then twist the two cotton pieces together and you have a wick to light a fire.
Rabbit Repellent: My garden is mine. It does not belong to the cute, adorable bunnies that like to make lunch out of my plants or have their countless litters in my garden. Soak cotton balls in vinegar and put them into a container with holes poked into it. I use large containers but some people use film canisters (which are getting harder to find with digital cameras), so I just use food storage containers…. Poke holes in the top, fill with vinegar soaked cotton balls and leave one in each corner of your garden. The fragrance is usually strong enough to keep them away. With this technique, I also sprinkle pepper everywhere. It’s cheap and it keeps them out. It really works. I haven’t had a problem last year or this year yet.
Cheap Potpourri: Spray with perfume or another spray and leave in drawers, closets and other places you might like to keep smelling fresh and good. You can even drop on in your purse after it dries and each time you open your purse, the scent will be released. Use under the seats in your car as well.
Vacuum Cleaner Deodorizer: Does your vacuum cleaner stink when you turn it on to use it? Yeah ours does too occasionally. We fix the problem by soaking cotton balls in extracts or scented oils, allowing them to dry and then placing them into the vacuum cleaner bag.
Children’s Games: You can have a relay race where you try to balance a cotton ball on a spoon. Be more creative and have them carry it in their mouths without dropping.
Insect Repellent: Most especially Ants. Ants are annoying and almost everyone finds an ant problem somewhere in or around their house at some point. You can use cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil and leave them in various places. It repels them.