I was organizing my storage shelves the other day and realized that I had over 10 cans of shaving cream. No I'm not a hoarder, I'm a bargain shopper. I can't resist a sale, especially if I can buy them for just pennies a can. Usually I don't have this many, but somehow my shelves got disheveled and I just kept buying more, I'm blaming the kids for the messy shelves, they haven't really caught on to organization yet. All of these cans made me think, hmmm, I wonder if my grandmother had any WWII household tips for using shaving cream. So, I sent out THE email to my family and a few close friends and they started blowing up my inbox with some really great uses.
Picture from: Razorland55
Isn't this a great vintage picture from the 1940's?
Now, before I share with you all of these brilliant uses for shaving cream, I must warn you, if you use the gel kind you are going to have a real mess on your hands. These tips are intended to save you a little money and make your life a little easier. This series is to help you BUST the FLUSTER, not create it, so be sure that the can you are using says CREAM, like the Barbasol one does.
- Carpet – to remove stains, spray the area with shaving cream and wipe with a damp sponge. Let it dry overnight and vacuum.
- Chrome – to shine, wipe it down with shaving cream and remove with a damp cloth.
- Eyeglasses – to keep from fogging up, apply shaving cream to the lenses and wipe clean with a soft cloth.
- Finger Nails – to clean, work some shaving cream all over the nails and clean with a nail file.
- Hands – to clean, spray some shaving cream on your hands, rub them together and wipe with a towel.
- Hands – to remove grease, spray a generous amount of shaving cream on your hands, rub them together and wipe with a towel.
- Jewelry – to clean, scrub the jewelry with shaving cream and an old toothbrush.
- Mirrors – to clean, spray the mirror with shaving cream and wipe with a clean dry cloth.
- Mirrors – to keep from fogging, wipe the mirror with shaving cream and wipe it off with a dry cloth before showering.
- Oven – to clean, spray the oven with shaving cream and scrub with a scouring pad. Rinse with clean water.
- Paint – to remove from hands, spray some shaving cream on hands, rub it in real good and then rinse with soap and water.
- Shower Doors – to clean, spray the doors with shaving cream and wipe with a clean, dry cloth.
- Stains – to remove, work shaving cream into the stain then with a clean, damp rag. Let it dry and launder according to directions.
- Windshields – to keep from fogging, apply shaving cream to the windshield using a damp cloth. Buff with a dry, soft cloth.
- Hinge – to stop squeaking, apply shaving cream to the hinge.
- Baseball Mitt - to break it in, fill the inside of the mitt with shaving cream. Insert a baseball and rubber band it together. Let it sit for several hours.
Didn't I tell you that there were some brilliant household tips for using shaving cream? Let me know what I missed.
* If, by some small miracle, you worked at Amway in Ada, MI in the 1980's and were the person my mother loaned the notebook to, please Contact Me. The notebook is a small (aprox. 6"x9") black leather, 3-ring binder, and contains hand drawn patterns (teddy bear), recipes and household tips and tricks. It would mean so much to my family to have it back.