Clever uses for cotton wool balls

Cotton wool balls are a common household staple that rarely make it beyond the bathroom door.

If you only use them for removing nail polish you’re missing a trick – there are plenty of clever ways you can put your cotton wool balls to use around the home.

Here’s a few of our favourites – will you give any a try?

Remove mould and mildew

Removing black mould and mildew from those hard to reach places in the kitchen and bathroom can be particularly tricky, but this simple tip can make it all easier. Soak a cotton wool ball in liquid bleach or whatever cleaner you like to use. Apply the soaked cotton balls to hard to reach spots and leave to sit for several hours. Scrub and rinse as usual – you’ll be amazed what a difference it makes!

Combat fridge odours

If your fridge has a lingering sour smell, try soaking a cotton wool ball with some vanilla extract or another essential oil. Place it at the back of the fridge overnight – when you come back, it should smell much nicer!

Freshen a room

Cotton wool balls are also an easy way to help your room smell nice. Before you vacuum, soak your favourite room spray in a cotton wool ball and place it in the vacuum bag. The scent will be slowly and subtly released around the room as you clean.

Freshen your coats and handbags

Spritz some perfume over a cotton wool ball and place in your winter coat pocket before you put it away for the season. The cotton wool ball will hold the scent and keep your clothing smelling fresh. This also works very well with handbags, and even shoes!

Makeshift kindling

If you’re lighting an outdoor fire in your garden, cotton wool balls can be used as kindling to help you get it started quickly.

Banish rabbits from the garden

Cotton wool balls dipped in vinegar are a safe and effective deterrent for rabbits who come to eat your garden plants. Simply place them around your flower beds to keep unwanted visitors away.

Do you know any clever uses for cotton wool balls? Share your wisdom in the comments below!

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3rd Jun 2017
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In winter put a few drops of your favourite essential oil on a cotton wool ball and lay it in the radiator for lovely room fragrance.
3rd Jun 2017
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I will try the cotton wool balls with vinegar our plants are all ways being devistasted

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