I’ve always thought of a pumice stone as a bit of a torture device for removing dry, rough skin from my heels. It doesn’t necessarily hurt that bad, but there’s just something about rubbing that rough stone on my feet that gives me the heebie jeebies! But did you know pumice actually has a myriad of other uses?
Let’s start with a quick lesson on pumice. Pumice is a actually a type of volcanic rock. It is extremely light weight but strong enough to be used as an abrasive. It’s used in everything from dental products, to scouring powders, water filtration systems, concrete, grout, potting soil and more! Most of us won’t be using pumice for its industrial purposes, so today I’m sharing 10 handy uses for pumice around the house!
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1. De-pill Sweaters
I did an entire post last November on how to de-pill sweaters. At the time I hadn’t run across the pumice stone method. I recommend using a high quality pumice stone. Cheaper ones will flake off on your clothes. You can even find stones specifically meant for use on sweaters. To use, rub the pumice stone across pilling areas of your sweater. Then use a lint roller to pick up the pills.
2. Clean Your Toilet
Click here to see my absolute favorite method for cleaning a toilet. If that cleaner won’t get the yellow ring off your toilet, a pumice stone will surely do the trick! Be sure to wet the stone before using or it will scratch your toilet.
3. Clean Your Oven
My favorite way to clean my oven is the ammonia method. However, I often get requests from blog readers who don’t like using ammonia. Using a pumice stone is a great alternative! It takes a little more elbow grease than the ammonia method, but it’s definitely effective.
4. Remove Dog and Cat Hair from Upholstery and Carpets
This video shows how effective a pumice stone is at removing dog hair from a car floor mat. It works the same way on car seats, couches, rugs, etc.
5. Add Ground Pumice to Potting Soil
Click here for a fast-draining potting mix recipe for succulents. One of the key ingredients is ground up pumice!
6. Hair Removal
You can remove body hair with a pumice stone. Soak a pumice stone in warm water for about 5 minutes. Lather skin with soap. Gently rub the pumice stone on skin in small circular motions for 1-2 minutes. Rinse off the soap and dry skin. Be sure to use lotion after hair removal. Click here to read more about this method.
7. DIY Distressed Jeans
Click here for a great video that shows you how to use a pumice stone to add distressing to a pair of jeans.
8. Essential Oil Diffuser
Put about 35 drops of your favorite essentials oils on a pumice stone. The porous nature of the pumice allows the oils to slowly diffuse into the air. Click here for some of my favorite Spring essential oils blends!
9. Manicure Tool
Use a damp pumice stone to help remove excess skin from cuticles before painting your nails.
10. Homemade Soap
You can use pumice stone powder to make homemade soap. Click here for the recipe from Frugally Sustainable.
What is your favorite use for a pumice stone?