If you’re an avid gardener or even a part-time enthusiast, it’s always helpful to have some tried-and-true hacks. Have you ever tried baby powder in your gardening? Turns out there are a variety of ways it can lend a huge helping hand in the garden. This video, courtesy of Natural Ways, makes a pretty stellar case for picking this up on your next run to the grocery store or pharmacy.
Use baby powder for:
Ants: They’re small, but ants can certainly be a pest, so sprinkle the powder around the home’s foundation, doorways and other areas of your house. Ants don’t like baby powder and will go out of their way (and away from your home) to avoid it.
Aphids: Aphids, which are known as plant lice, greenflies, blackflies and whiteflies, kill plants and are a definite garden pest. Sprinkle the powder anywhere you’ve seen them in your garden beds and you’ll keep them at bay.
Beetles: Ants and aphids… and beetles too hate baby powder. Japanese beetles are known to munch at plants, so give the leaves a dusting of powder, reapplying after it rains or you’ve watered the garden. The beetles hate the taste so they’ll leave your plants alone.
Rabbits: Almost everyone with a garden has had to deal with pesky rabbits, but again, baby powder comes to the rescue! Save your plants from hungry bunnies by shaking the powder over them.
Other Animals: While that covers most of your basic pests, there are likely to be other animals that sneak into your gardens at night. While baby powder might not keep them entirely away, it will likely deter them because they reportedly don’t like the way it feels on their paws.
Glove Comfort: Here’s an easy tip – shake a bit of powder inside your gardening gloves before you set off to work. It will keep things dryer and prevent chafing so your hands won’t look like they’ve been gardening all day!
Tools: Reduce friction when you apply some baby powder to your spades, shears, and shovels, protecting your hands from slipping and/or becoming rough and blistered.
Shoes: A day in the garden can mean some stinky footwear, so shake a bit of baby powder inside to absorb moisture, as well as reduce the smell and mold.
Root Rot: If you start bulbs indoors, you can dust a bit of powder on them to prevent rodents from wanting a bite. Place bulbs in a ziplock bag, add a few tablespoons of baby powder and shake to coat. When you plant them, the roots won’t rot or get eaten by mice.
Among the many comments left on social media about baby powder’s effectiveness was one person who shared: “This works great. I always carry it when we are out in our RV. Just sprinkle around patio area and tires to keep ants away from seating area and out of RV. Doesn’t kill them, just sends them elsewhere.”
Another commenter noted: “Here in Arizona, rabbits make it difficult to have a garden, so I am going to try this around my flowers.”