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6 Smart Reasons to Use Baby Powder in Your Garden

It’s not just for babies anymore! From keeping bugs away to making gloves easier to remove, here’s why every gardener should have a bottle of baby powder on hand.

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1. Great for “baby” plants, too!

Baby powder has many uses outside of babies. It can cool down hot sheets in the summer, remove stains, and get rid of mold—and those are just some of its amazing household uses.

But you won’t believe how it can also make gardening easier. Here’s why you should keep a bottle in your garden shed or garage.

First of all, it’s great for bulbs! If you sprinkle baby powder on bulbs before planting them, their roots are less likely to rot. Baby powder also acts as a protective layer against hungry mice.

2. Keep bugs away

If you see ants in your garden, it’s likely only a matter of time before they enter your house. Luckily, baby powder can protect your home and garden—ants avoid it!

Keeping ants away will also help eliminate aphids known as plant lice.

These pests have a symbiotic relationship with ants. Finally, sprinkling baby powder directly on the leaves can help keep leaf-eating Japanese beetles at bay. Here are 10 other ways to get rid of household pests without chemicals.

3. Deter larger pests

As bothersome as insects are, larger animals like rabbits and raccoons can do just as much, if not more, damage to your plants.

But if you sprinkle some baby powder on and around your plants, rabbits won’t find them as tasty anymore!

It can even help deter less picky eaters like raccoons and possums. While they don’t mind eating it, they hate it when it gets on their paws.

4. Easy glove removal

Shaking some baby powder into your garden gloves before putting them on makes removing them easier. Once you’re done gardening, the gloves will slide right off.

Say goodbye to sore, achy hands after gardening. Here are some great health benefits of gardening.

5. No more blisters

Sprinkle some baby powder on the handles of your garden tools to make them less rough on your hands. This is especially helpful if you’re not using gloves.

Like gymnasts’ chalk, baby powder prevents the tools from slipping out of your grip. Here are some easy home remedies for blisters.

6. Smell fresh!

It’s no secret that gardening can make you hot and sweaty.

While flowers might smell nice, you could probably do without the earthy scent that lingers afterward.

What better way to mask it than with the pleasant scent of baby powder? Sprinkle some in your shoes—the powder absorbs sweat and prevents mold.