Talcum powder is nothing but the powdered form of talc; the softest mineral known to exist on earth that tops the list on the Mohs hardness scale. This powder is primarily used for its moisture absorbing properties, although there are other uses too. Use of talcum powder comes in handy...
What is Talcum Powder Good for?
This is especially important in the case of babies who are prone to develop rashes from urine. So, talcum powder minimizes the risk of rashes and increases comfort in hot weather.
Summer months can be extremely uncomfortable, especially when the bed sheets feel hot and sticky. Manage this problem by getting some talcum powder between the sheets to help it absorb perspiration and let you sleep in comfort.
For Squeaky Stuffs
If you are bothered with squeaky floorboards, then do not be anymore. Just sprinkle some powder on the noisy area and let it do its work to cut down the friction and finally the squeak.
For Grease-Stained Apparels
You have a fine looking polyester shirt or blouse, but you can't wear it because of that lousy, ugly grease stain! Before you think of doing away with the cloth for good, give your talcum powder a shot.
Try sprinkling some of the powder directly onto the spot. Thereafter, rub it with your fingers and give it 24 hours. Use a brush to gently rub the powder off and with a couple of repetitions, the stain will be gone and your apparel will be as good as new.
Over time, the powder will absorb the grease, and then you can vacuum the stain away. In a similar way, you can also take care of any bloodstains from clothing or furniture. Make a mix of the powder and water, and work it on the ugly spot. Let it dry before you brush the stain away.
But there is a catch! As mentioned earlier, when it comes to usage of talcum powder, the first thing that comes to mind is summer, sweat, rash and especially diaper rash. According to what Dr. Jo Ann Rohyans MD (Pediatrician - Columbus, OH) and Dr. Jennifer Shu MD (Pediatrician - Atlanta, GA) have to say, you may be forced to think otherwise.
According to these medical experts, products such as the talc-based powders, although may look or feel good, may be hazardous to health, especially to babies. Given the minute size of the powder particles, they may be easily inhaled, and this may interfere with normal breathing and even cause severe lung damage.
To add to this, Rohyans is also with the opinion that the benefit of using talcum powder to treat or prevent diaper rash, does not have any evidence to back it up. So what most pediatricians recommend is the use of powders with a cornstarch base, but that too, sparingly and with caution.
If we consider the views of the pediatricians earlier, then use of talcum powder for baby skin care may not be a good idea after all. But for the other applications, we have a green signal. The only precaution to be taken is to ensure that you don't inhale the powder too often while using it.