Household Tips: 15 Unusual Uses for Shaving Cream (WWII Series)

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.

Household Tips
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.

Household Tips

  1. Carpet – to remove stains, spray the area with shaving cream and wipe with a damp sponge. Let it dry overnight and vacuum.
  2. Chrome – to shine, wipe it down with shaving cream and remove with a damp cloth.
  3. Eyeglasses – to keep from fogging up, apply shaving cream to the lenses and wipe clean with a soft cloth.
  4. Finger Nails – to clean, work some shaving cream all over the nails and clean with a nail file.
  5. Hands – to clean, spray some shaving cream on your hands, rub them together and wipe with a towel.
  6. Hands – to remove grease, spray a generous amount of shaving cream on your hands, rub them together and wipe with a towel.
  7. Jewelry – to clean, scrub the jewelry with shaving cream and an old toothbrush.
  8. Mirrors – to clean, spray the mirror with shaving cream and wipe with a clean dry cloth.
  9. Mirrors – to keep from fogging, wipe the mirror with shaving cream and wipe it off with a dry cloth before showering.
  10. Oven – to clean, spray the oven with shaving cream and scrub with a scouring pad. Rinse with clean water.
  11. Paint – to remove from hands, spray some shaving cream on hands, rub it in real good and then rinse with soap and water.
  12. Shower Doors – to clean, spray the doors with shaving cream and wipe with a clean, dry cloth.
  13. Stains – to remove, work shaving cream into the stain then with a clean, damp rag. Let it dry and launder according to directions.
  14. Windshields – to keep from fogging, apply shaving cream to the windshield using a damp cloth. Buff with a dry, soft cloth.
  1. Hinge – to stop squeaking, apply shaving cream to the hinge.
  2. 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.


  1. You seem to have combined the tips for hinges and baseball mitts.

  2. Scented or unscented shaving cream is excellent after a gym work- out. Lather your sweaty areas with shaving cream, rinse with water and use your regular soap. I am telling you it works. It also is good for strong adult urine body smells. People who wear depends or diapers.

  3. In the Army, we used to use the shaving cream on a new pair of combat boots to break them in, but that was the old style black leather ones. I've used it on new motorcycle boots too!