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10 Things You Didn't Know Chapstick Can Do

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10 Things You Didn't Know Chapstick Can Do


Though small and unassuming, a tiny tube of chapstick packs a lot of utility into its minuscule proportions. Whether brand name or generic, lip balm does much more than protect your lips from the cold! With all the tasks it can help you accomplish, you should always keep a tube in your pocket.


Remove stubborn stickers from jars, plastic, and other items by applying a bit of clear chapstick to the sticky spot. Let the waxy substance sit for about 10 minutes. After the lip balm has softened the sticker, it will be a lot easier to scrape off.


You know chapstick can protect your lips from the cold, but it can also warm up your whole body. That's because this wonder product can help small tinder to burn longer, aiding you in getting a fire started. Remove a dab of chapstick from the tube and rub it into a wad of dried grass, bark, or even the loosened cotton fibers of a Q-tip. Light it with a match and watch the firestarter burn long enough to ignite larger tinder. Before you know it, you’ll have a roaring fire.


If a hard-to-budge drawer makes getting dressed into a game of tug-of-war, here's a trick to make opening your wardrobe a bit easier. Lubricate old drawers by putting a little lip balm on the runners or tracks. The smooth stuff will act as a lubricant, making the drawers slide more easily, and silencing their squeaking.


If an emergency power outage or dark night at the campsite find you in need of a little light, try this simple trick. Make a candle in a pinch with a match and a tube of chapstick. Turn the wheel on the tube to push the chapstick above the plastic container. Then, insert the match in the of the tube, and light. It will not burn all night, but it will light your way temporarily, and even help you start a fire.


Sticky zipper? Loosen the stuck teeth by rubbing a bit of chapstick over them. Then move the slide back and forth a few times to work in the waxy substance. That's all it takes to return your zipper will to its zippy self.


Over time, tools and clamps can get a bit bound up. Smooth out the action on sticky bar clamps by lubricating them with a bit of chapstick. It will also work to ease the screw mechanism of a bench vice.


Working up a sweat in the yard during cold weather can result in your safety or sun glasses fogging up. Fight the fog by rubbing a small amount of chapstick onto the lenses, then buff it off with a soft cloth. This simple act will reduce the fog, and clean your glasses at the same time.


Keep from splitting lumber when driving a screw on your next project by lubricating fasteners with chapstick before using them. The lip balm will help ease the screw into the wood, giving you a clean finish.


When stored in the open, any utility knife, chisel, or pair of scissors can become susceptible to rust. Keep any sharp metal tools, whether in the garage, basement, or outdoor shed, rust-free by rubbing a little chapstick on the blade edges before putting them away.


Like metal tools, the screw base of outdoor lightbulbs often succumb to rust due to exposure to rain and humidity. It's no surprise that rust makes these same light bulbs difficult to remove when it’s time to replace them, which can make the task dangerous since stuck light bulbs can crack and break. Save your fingers—and your time—by putting a little chapstick on the threads of the light bulb base before screwing bulbs into sockets. It will protect the metal from the elements and make changing them a cinch.

You can go to the dollar store and pick up two containers of chapstick for a dollar. Experiment with it and learn other tricks you can do with it.

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