That tube of lip balm we all have rolling around the bottom of our bag is so much more than just a fix for chapped lips! Here’s a list of 19 surprising and useful ways to use lip balm that you may not have considered before.
Note: For most of these uses, plain (unflavored, uncolored) lip balm varieties are recommended. To read about making your own all-natural lip balm at home, click here.
Soothe an irritated nose
Repeatedly wiping and blowing your nose due to a cold or allergies often results in a dry, irritated skin around or inside the nose. Get fast relief by running a finger over your tube of lip balm, then wiping the finger over the irritated areas.
Cuticle cream substitute
If you notice a cracked cuticle that’s threatening to become a painful hangnail, head it off by applying a bit of lip balm to the area.
Prevent blisters in a pinch
Blisters from shoes are a result of friction between the shoe and your foot. If your shoe is rubbing and you can’t change into a different pair right away, you can minimize friction and avoid a painful blister by applying a layer of lip balm to the area.
Minimize mess from at-home hair coloring
Keep your hair-dye on your hair and off of your skin by applying a layer of lip balm around your hairline.
Dab a bit of lip balm on a razor knick to stop the bleeding quickly.
Tame flyaways and staticky hair
Flyaways and staticky hair are easily tamed with a bit of lip balm! Simply swipe a few fingers over your lip balm and smooth the hairs back into place.
Emergency eye cream
To soothe puffy eyes or undereye circles, lip balm makes a great substitute for eye cream in a pinch!
Tame rogue eyebrows
Smooth that stray eyebrow hair back into place with a small dab of lip balm on your finger.
Remove sticker residue
Dissolve that maddening residue from stickers by applying a layer of clear lip balm to the area. Wait 10 minutes, then wipe away the lip balm and loosened residue!
Erase mascara smudges
Mascara smudges from crying, laughing, allergies, or sweating can be lifted easily using a bit of lip balm. Another bonus – the lip balm won’t affect any foundation or makeup you’re wearing underneath!
Unstick a zipper
Fix a stuck zipper by smearing a small amount of lip balm over the zipper’s teeth where it’s stuck. This will lubricate the zipper parts and help them slide against each other correctly.
Keep shoelaces tied
If your shoes laces keep coming untied during the day, lip balm can provide a quick fix. Just rub a bit of lip balm into the knot using your finger, which will provide friction to help the knot stay tied.
Shine your shoes
If your shoes are looking a little dull, but you don’t have the time or the money to go get a shoe shine, rub some lip balm on your shoes and buff them with a dry washcloth.
Remove a stuck ring
No need to pull and tug on your poor beleaguered finger to try to remove that stuck ring. Simply coat the finger with lip balm and gently wriggle the ring loose.
Lubricate tracks for easier sliding
Apply lip balm to the tracks of drawers and windows, or to the ridges on a medicine cabinet, for easier opening and shutting.
Protect a pet’s paws from ice
Walking on ice, snow and salt can cause irritation on your pet’s paws in wintry conditions. Coat your pets’ paw pads with clear lip balm before heading out the door. The balm will serve as a barrier to safeguard sensitive paws.
Rust-proof outdoor lightbulbs
When your porch light burns out, it can be tough to twist the lightbulb out because moisture from rain and snow caused it to rust in the socket. Coat the threads of the new bulb with lip balm BEFORE twisting it into place. The film will act as a sealant to stop water from seeping in and oxidizing the metal. When it comes time to change the bulb again, you’ll be able to unscrew it with ease.
Prevent nails from splitting wood
When hammering a nail into a piece of wood, sometimes you end up splitting the lumber. Rub clear lip balm over the hardware before starting any job. The slick coating will help the nails slide into the wood without incident.
Make an improvised candle
Open your lip balm and insert a match stick. The matchstick acts like a wick, absorbing the wax from the lip balm to keep the flame burning. It won’t burn all evening, but it is a good temporary candle that will make it a lot easier to get a fire started.
Have you ever used lip balm for something other than moisturizing your chapped lips?