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12 Surprising Uses for Cotton Balls

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5. Prevent Blister Pain. So you got a blister from your new shoes, but you still want to wear them? Placing a cotton ball on the sore, and then securing it with a bandaid, will help cushion your skin from further pain.

6. Keep Your Purses Smelling Nice. Spritz a little perfume on a cotton ball and keep it in your purse. It’ll smell nice and fresh! Replace every one to two weeks.

7. Ease a Toothache. It’s 1AM, and that toothache just won’t go away. If you can’t get to a dentist immediately, there are ways to remedy that. The best, from my (unfortunate) personal experience? Cotton balls soaked in whiskey, vanilla extract or clove oil is the perfect remedy for a toothache. Soak the cotton ball in the alcohol, and apply directly to the affected area.

8. Clean & Store Jewelry. Cotton balls are the perfect, delicate tool for cleaning jewelry. They are also a great way to store jewelry, and prevent that big wad of tangled necklaces and bracelets that happens otherwise! Unroll the cotton ball and store jewelry in cushioned tiers.

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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

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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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