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Old June 1st, 2009, 12:43 AM
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Default Off-label uses of products

i want to know what products HTers use in a way that the product was not originally meant for, like toothpaste or hydrocortisone for zits. the reason i'm asking is because i just heard of a new one: monistat anti-chafing gel as face primer!

here's an adweek article re off-label product use.

so, do you folks have any other products you use in ways that they weren't originally meant for? it doesn't have to be skin/cosmetic-related. goodness knows there's a whole host of off-label uses for baking soda and vinegar.

i'm going slightly off-topic in a topic starter i'm posting, but the whole visine-as-diarrhea-inducer is false...in fact, ingesting visine is quite dangerous.
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Old June 1st, 2009, 01:40 AM
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Interesting idea for a thread, cyn. I'm looking forward to the various uses. Here's what my memory can dredge up:

Preparation H - under eye de-puffer/wrinkle reducer! However, after lots of research I learned that the product for distribution in the U.S. doesn't contain the main ingredient that de-puffs! The Canadian product does!

Dawn - for dishes and for laundry. When I downsized to small space living I was looking for a dual purpose cleaner to cut back on packaging. I've used Dawn for both purposes for at least 10 years. I buy the big jug from Costco and it lasts for 9 months or so, probably longer. Very cost effective!

Dryer sheets - I cut them in half for use in the dryer and I place half a sheet between the mattress pad and bottom sheet when I change the bed.

Baking soda - use it to brush my teeth

Olive oil - apply it to wet arms and legs after a shower; probably the equivalent of 1/4 tsp. rubbed between my hands. I refuse to buy expensive, beautifully packaged lotions! I'd rather put that money towards the treat mentioned below!

Pretty Hands & Feet (I think that's the name!) - Great exfoliator! I use it on my face. Well, I did for years and years. Now that I'm hitting Medicare age I'm treating myself to a facial now and then!!!

Sunscreen - I use it in place of Armorall (sp?) on my car's dash. Works great and helps protect it from the sun's rays. I usually buy a high SPF, cheap bottle that's on sale.
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Old June 1st, 2009, 01:53 AM
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cynsaligia: I'm a little off your topic here but your topic reminded me of products liability cases where the manufacturers wind up having to create elaborate warnings about the use of the product or possibly be held liable for harm that may be caused by the product being used in a way that the manufacturer could not have forseen (or create the warnings and then still be held liable *g*). I don't mean things like using a vinegar/water solution to wipe windows or mayo as a hair conditioner (I am not recommending the mayo thing, just saying that I've seen it suggested) but some really wacky uses for products. I know there are crazier examples but right now I can only think of a case where someone pulled open an oven door and stood on it as if it were a step-ladder to get stuff from a shelf. Oven door broke, person fell down and sued the maker of the oven for not warning people not to stand on the open oven door.

and now dating my age probably - how many of us remember (or were) asian girls using tape to make "double eyes"?
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Old June 1st, 2009, 11:10 AM
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I use dental floss to truss chicken. I also use one of those adjustable steamer basket as a colander.
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Old June 1st, 2009, 11:25 AM
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...and now dating my age probably - how many of us remember (or were) asian girls using tape to make "double eyes"?
Which reminds me of what my mother said yesterday. My youngest son definitely inherited our pake genes and she tells me, "Good thing he not a girl yeah? He'd have to use da tape to make double eyelid."

I said, "I don't think Asian girls do that anymore Mom"

Back on topic, once I ran out of hair gel and had to put my boy's unruly hair into his usual ponytail with something to tame it. I ending up using a very light, nicely scented (not floral) lotion and it worked better than hair gel! He had no stray hairs at the end of the day and when he took his hair out of his ponytail it was super soft.
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Old June 1st, 2009, 11:50 AM
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Stale beer as a hair conditioner.

When my youngest nephew was born at home (which was not in the plans - the labor just went too quickly for them to get to the hospital), my brother-in-law used dental floss to tie off the umbilical cord before cutting.

Like tutusue, I used baking soda (with a pinch of salt) as a toothpaste - learned that one from my grandmother.
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Old June 1st, 2009, 01:03 PM
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Plug in a laptop running windows into an Xbox 360 to use as a wireless adapter. Beats buying the Xbox wireless adapter for $100.
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Old June 1st, 2009, 03:32 PM
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Oxy10 acne cream and some sunlight removes sharpie ink from vinyl.

Dryer sheet resin will repel gnats and mosquitoes, good for dogs when the bugs are bugging em, just rub down their fur with the sheet.
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My friend told me she uses a teaspoon of baking soda in her shampoo which acts as a clarifying agent to remove build up of mousse etc it's also good for after being in a chlorinated pool.

I use toothpaste to polish silver, it works! I learned that on the old "Quear Eye" show, I miss that program although I think it ran it's course.
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Old June 1st, 2009, 05:07 PM
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Model rocketry tends to use products not intended for the hobby. For instance, emory boards, normally used to trim nails are used to clean the clips that are used to attach to the rocket motor ignitor wire.

Baby powder is used to make the plastic parachutes not to stick together and it also makes a nice puff cloud when the rocket ejects it's parachute.

Sealable food containers made by Rubbermaid or Tupperware can be used to store model rocket engines (keeps out the mositure).

Fishing snap swivels are used on parachutes. You easily change the parachute due to damage or use a smaller parachute if the wind is stronger than usual.
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Before buying that tube of brass/copper polish, consider using those extra packets of hot sauce you didn't use from your last visit to Taco Bell. Works like a charm. If you don't believe me, try it on a dirty penny.
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Old June 2nd, 2009, 11:35 AM
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WD40 for soap scum on shower door and walls. I've also heard about using a non-lye based oven foamy cleaner like Easy Off Fume Free Max for scum on shower doors and walls.

RainX car wax applied to the shower doors after the scum is off keeps it from accumulating as quickly.

Just be careful to clean any of the slippery stuff off the floor so there's no accidents.


{edit} I have used engine degreaser on a friend's tub before...it was a rental and they got in with no security if they did the cleanup. That tub was NASTY!! But it came out clean except for the chipped fiberglass.

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WD40 for soap scum on shower door and walls. I've also heard about using a non-lye based oven foamy cleaner like Easy Off Fume Free Max for scum on shower doors and walls.[...]
This doesn't involve an off label use, but to keep the soap scum from becoming a problem in the first place or in the future, use only liquid soaps while showering/bathing. Both body and face soaps come in liquid form. I've adhered to this practice for the 2 years I've owned my town condo and for the last 8-10 years at Makaha and I have not had to de-scum even once! I have handheld shower heads at both places and do a quick rinse on the tiles at the end of a shower. No more cleaning needed...seriously. When you think about the consistency of liquid and bar soaps it's easy to understand this theory!
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Before buying that tube of brass/copper polish...
And if you already DO have a can of Brasso, it can work wonders on scratched compact discs; used it at work and at home for many years.
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I used empty pizza boxes as a doorstop in college.
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I use a cup of vinegar as fabric softener per laundry load. It's much cheaper and environmental friendly. My clothes come out soft and no, they don't smell like vinegar!

I'm going to try using sunscreen for the dash of my car and RainX for the shower! Great ideas, tutusue and Peshkwe!
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Does anyone have a good, off label use product, other than gaffers/electrical tape, to tack up my car's newly sagging headliner? It just pulled away from where it joined the top of the rear window. Bummers...
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Old June 3rd, 2009, 12:10 AM
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Does anyone have a good, off label use product, other than gaffers/electrical tape, to tack up my car's newly sagging headliner? It just pulled away from where it joined the top of the rear window. Bummers...
I don't have the info you're asking for but I know someone who'll replace it for about $100. I have the info at work and can pm you tomorrow.
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Old June 3rd, 2009, 12:39 AM
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Tutu, talk to Cyn's person. A $100.00 isn't a bad price for a full headliner repair. If it's dropping the original adhesive is degrading from heat and humidity and eventually, even if you fix the back, you'll end up with it falling in another spot.

All that is needed is some spray adhesive and a flat card to smooth it out, but it's a messy job cleaning the old glue off and pulling down the fabric without stretching it to get to good glue then spraying the new adhesive on. And the over spray gets over anything not covered...like hair...plus it stinks.
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Thanks, cyn and pesh. $100. is worth it to me. Three years ago I had the interior liner of the retractable sunroof replaced to the tune of $250. I really don't want to repeat that magnified by at least 5!!! TIA for the name and contact info, cyn.
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Does anyone have a good, off label use product, other than gaffers/electrical tape, to tack up my car's newly sagging headliner? It just pulled away from where it joined the top of the rear window. Bummers...
Back in the day, I had a car where the headliner was held up with staples . Though, today, I'd probably shell out the $100.
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Thanks, cyn and pesh. $100. is worth it to me. Three years ago I had the interior liner of the retractable sunroof replaced to the tune of $250. I really don't want to repeat that magnified by at least 5!!! TIA for the name and contact info, cyn.

Actually I can see where the cost for that comes in, the seals are a bear to deal with and if they aren't put back in properly...drip...drip...drip

My hub used to do furniture and car upholstery and I'd help out every so often after my work was done.
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Cheap hairspray removes pen ink from fabrics. Just spray, then rinse.
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My employee showed me this: perfume removes permanent "Sharpie" marker stains from clothes and other things. We had a dress shop and someone always missed with the price marker onto the new clothes. Just be careful the perfume gets washed out. Especially good when some uses the wrong style markers on a "white board" meant for dry erase.

Hydrogen peroxide removes blood from dainties. And other stuff.

Bon Ami cleanser makes a good cheap toothpaste. It's recommended for Corning Ware, and as the label states "hasn't scratched yet."
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Bon Ami cleanser makes a good cheap toothpaste.
The stuff is non-toxic ... but putting a household cleanser in your mouth? Probably not the best idea.
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