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12 Surprising Uses for Cotton Balls

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12 Surprising Uses for Cotton Balls


Cotton balls don’t usually make it out of the bathroom. We use them to remove nail polish and makeup, to help clean cuts and scrapes.. but that’s about it. It’s too bad, because there are plenty of other fantastic uses for cotton balls. Click through to check out some of them.


Around the House.

1. Make the Fridge Smell Nice. Just can’t get rid of that funky smell in the fridge? Dampen a cotton ball with some vanilla extract and place it on a shelf towards the back of the fridge.

2. Combat Mildew. All those nooks and crannies in the bathroom are primo spots for mildew — and, of course, can be difficult to reach. Soak cotton balls in bleach, place it in that hard-to-reach spot, and let it sit there for a couple of hours. Rinse with warm water and the spot will be good as new!

3. Freshen up the Room. Before you vacuum, place a cotton ball soaked in your favorite scent in the vacuum cleaner’s bag. The scent will be slowly released into the room.

4. Protect Rubber Gloves. Your manicured nails may look fabulous, but they sure get in the way of doing the dishes! Don’t wreck another pair of rubber gloves. Instead, put some cotton balls in the tips of the gloves so your nails don’t tear them up.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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6:59PM PDT on Sep 23, 2013


6:50PM PDT on Sep 23, 2013

groovy, thanks!

5:44PM PDT on Aug 29, 2013

Wow....great ideas, thank you!

10:58AM PDT on Aug 23, 2013

A few tips, I never thought of..thanks

5:35AM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

Thank you

7:51PM PDT on Jul 1, 2013


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4:48AM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

2:27AM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

Thanks for sharing!

12:59PM PDT on Jun 28, 2013

Would never have thought of using them for daffodils! Fab xxx

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