There’s no denying that tampons are the most popular menstrual product out there (riiiight before pads). Tampons are obviously great when you have your period, because they’re comfortable, they’re easy, and they keep blood from getting everywhere. But here’s a little known fact: that is definitely not the only thing they’re good for. You can use tampons for other things besides collecting menstrual blood! I mean, sure, using a tampon for anything else might raise some eyebrows, but ignore what other people think, because these are some seriously brilliant ways to use them.
I get it – tampons, despite being so popular, still have a weird stigma surrounding them. A lot of people still stress about being spotted with one in their hand while walking to the bathroom, and it’s still considered “progressive” if a dude can manage to buy a pack of them for his girlfriend. So you probably don’t want to just pull a tampon out of your bag, unwrap it, and use it for something completely random… except I’m telling you that you should. We are all underusing these magical products! Don’t believe me? Here are some brilliant alternative uses for tampons that have nothing to do with menstrual blood – and you need to try them ASAP.
Remove Nail PolishWhen I saw this I nearly lost it. This is such a better way to get nail polish remover out of a bottle without getting it all over your nails or hands. You can extend the applicator only a little to press down, or you can unravel the tampon all the way and use it like you would use a cotton ball. Tampons are more absorbent than cotton balls, so they're less likely to leak acetone everywhere. It's great for precision work, especially if you don't want to ruin your manicure, or just for broad strokes. Source: Pinterest
Hair CurlersHeat free curls for the win, y'all! What's roughly the same size as a hot roller or foam roller and come in bulk packs? TAMPONS! I found this tutorial on YouTube - the vlogger used tampons to curl her hair. I was skeptical, but I watched, and honestly? Her curls look amazing. You basically roll your tampons over damp hair (with frizz serum), secure with a bobby pin, and let sit for a while! She doesn't sleep on them, but sprays them with hairspray and lets them set for four hours. And they last for days! Someone try it out and let us know how it goes.
A Secret WalletIt's a good piece of advice to always have emergency cash on hand and to keep it somewhere other than your wallet, just in case your stuff gets stolen. So... where do you keep it then? Pop a tampon out, and stick a few bills rolled up into an empty plastic applicator and voila! No one is going to go rifling around your tampon box looking for cash. If you're going to the beach or going out with friends and need to bring some extra cash in case your wallet/debit card goes missing, this will definitely do the trick.Source: iStock
Starting A FireWe've all wanted to set our tampons on fire one time or another. Now, you have an excuse! Tampons are actually really great fire starters. Light a tampon and use it as kindling if you want to start a campfire. Newspaper and cardboard lights up quickly and won't stick around long enough to spread to the remaining firewood. That's where tampons come in! Unravel them and throw them in a fire and you're pretty much good to go.Source: iStock
Spider RepellantIt's not just you - the winter means the spiders that normally live outside decide to have a spider party in your house. They creep in small holes and sneak-attack you when you're sleeping and it's the worst. Gross. The thing spiders hate the most is peppermint oil. If you want spiders to GTFO or stay away from you, soak a tampon in peppermint oil and leave it where you want to keep them from getting to. Small cracks or holes in your house, at the foot of your bed, wherever. Stay spider free and smell like peppermint, what's not to love?Source: iStock
Cleaning Up Awkward SpillsOn the go spot treatment and awkward spots are the spill-disasters we all wish we could avoid. Tampons are the perfect shape for precision blotting and getting into weird spots that your hands or towels can't normally get to. Good tampons should be absorbent and what a better time to put it to the test and use it to your full advantage than when you spill something and need to sop it up super quickly? They're good for everything.Source: iStock
Freshening Up Your ClosetWe've all seen these satchels of potpourri hanging out around people's houses. Well, did you know that tampons can be used for basically the same thing with a little assistance from your favorite perfume or essential oil? I've seen tutorials where you make them decorative and literally hang tampons on your closet shelves and... I'd pass on that, but if that's how you roll, do you. Some people also like to leave the scented tampon scent on there and others like to make their own scent. Tuck them away and let the scent keep your closet fresh and smelling like it just came out of the laundry for way longer.Source: iStock
DIY Eye MaskDestress your face with this DIY eye mask. Take a tampon out, spread out the cotton, put your favorite DIY serum on it and let it sit on your face. Yeah, I know tampons on your face is weird, but if you think about it - they're sterile! They come in protective packaging, so in reality, they might even be cleaner than using a towel or washcloth. So why not?Source: iStock
Containing A NosebleedWe've all seen this in movies and TV but it actually works! Instead of replacing wadded up tissues or using one of your hands to hold it in place when you really need to be doing other things, just put an OB tampon up there and you're all set! They're absorbent so you don't need to replace them as much and sterile so you're being healthy. Bloody noses are always awkward and strange and allergy season is right around the corner, so this is bound to happen. Tampons will save your life in this situation - trust me on this.Source: iStock
Which one of these tampon hacks do you need? Which ones have you already tried? Let us know in the comments!
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