My husband and sons, like many boys, aren’t interested in carrying anything other than a wallet with them. They don’t even carry lip balm, which is odd to me since I know they all use it regularly. But there’s nothing inherently wrong with choosing not to carry lip balm. It just makes me laugh that instead of simply carrying a tube in their pocket, they keep it handy by stashing tubes all over the house! (There are tubes in a kitchen cupboard, in the drawers of both bathrooms, inside the end table in the living room, and so on.)
But having secret lip balm stashes all over the house has actually come in handy! Aside from supplying much needed lip moisture, there are plenty of ways to put it to good use. Today I’ll be sharing 11 everyday situations where lip balm can really come in handy! By the end of this post, you may be considering starting your own emergency lip balm stash! ;-)
11 Everyday Problems You Can Solve With Lip Balm
1. Dry, Irritated Nose
Repeatedly wiping and blowing your nose due to sickness or allergies can cause a lot of irritation! A dry, irritated nose can be painful and even lead to nosebleeds. To avoid this, use a bit of lip balm! Just swipe a bit of it onto your finger, then apply it to the irritated areas. You’ll get instant relief and lasting moisturizing effects.
2. Cracked Cuticles
Cracked cuticles can quickly become painful hangnails! If you notice a cuticle crack forming, swipe some lip balm onto it. It’s a quick and easy way to moisturize the area, even when you don’t have lotion handy.
3. At-Home Hair Color
Coloring your hair at home can be a great way to save money. But it can also be a very messy affair! To prevent accidental hair dye stains along your hairline, use lip balm! Just apply a layer of it all the way around your hairline. It will act as a protective barrier between the dye and your skin to prevent stains!
4. Nicks From Shaving
Minor nicks and cuts from shaving are all too common. And how do those little cuts bleed so much?! You can stop the bleeding in it’s tracks by applying a little bit of lip balm to your shaving cut. Problem solved!
5. Flyaway Hairs
Flyaway hairs or static got you down? A little lip balm is all you need! Just swipe a little bit of it onto your fingers, then use your fingers to smooth the hairs back into place. Bad hair days have met their match!
6. Rogue Eyebrows
Sometimes it’s not the hair growing on top of your head that won’t stay put—it’s your eyebrows! If you have an eyebrow hair that just won’t stay put, use some lip balm to fix it! Put a small dab onto your finger, and use it to smooth the hair back into place.
7. Stubborn Sticker Residue
Some stickers can seem downright impossible to remove all the way. (I’m looking at you, TJMaxx price stickers!) But you can dissolve stubborn sticker residue with lip balm! Apply a generous layer to the sticker and/or residue, and let it sit for 10 minutes. You’ll be able to wipe both the balm and loosened sticker residue away easily!
8. Mascara Smudges
Mascara smudges can occur due to crying, laughing, allergies, sweating, or a combination of all of the above. But you can use lip balm to erase those smudges quickly and easily! And best of all, it won’t affect your foundation or any other makeup that you don’t want to ruin.
9. Stuck Zipper
Struggling with a stuck zipper? Swipe a bit of lip balm over the zipper teeth where the zipper gets stuck. It will lubricate the zipper teeth and help the zipper glide through them more easily.
10. Dull Shoes
If your shoes are looking a bit dull and you’re pressed for time, you can shine them up with a bit of lip balm in a pinch! Just rub a bit of it onto your shoes, then use a clean, dry washcloth to buff them to a shine.
11. Sticky Drawers & Doors
If you are at your wit’s end with drawers, windows, and cupboard doors that won’t close smoothly, lip balm works great in a pinch! Just rub a bit onto your finger, then rub your finger over the hinges or tracks that are giving you trouble. Open and shut it a few times to work the lip balm in, and it’ll be smooth sailing from there!
Do you use lip balm in a unique or non-traditional way?