How do I remove baby powder from bathroom woodwork?

Tammye Lockwood
by Tammye Lockwood

I need to know how to remove baby powder from woodwork in bathroom, especially in nook and crannies and rough edges of cabinets. Also how to slow down the process of it ingraining it again.

  11 answers
  • Oliva Oliva on Jan 06, 2019

    Vacuum, using the crevice tool or soft brush attachment

    • Tammye Lockwood Tammye Lockwood on Jan 06, 2019

      Well the powder is really embedded in the wood. I have scrubbed with furniture cleaner and just soap and water. It comes right back.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 06, 2019


  • Jeanne Martin Jeanne Martin on Jan 07, 2019

    How about blowing it out with one of those cans of air?

  • Robert G Robert G on Jan 07, 2019

    Get a hard bristle paint brush, and go over it dry, back and forth. Then spray a piece of wax paper with either furniture polish, or liquid furniture lemon oil or spray stainless steel cleaner oil based and blend your paint brush through the mixture, getting it on the bristles, then go back to your base boards and go over it again getting in the nooks and crannies. Buff to shine.

  • V Smith V Smith on Jan 07, 2019

    How does the powder come back after you clean it out? You need to clean it out and vacuum it away then caulk the crevices that it is collecting in. Also, you need to knock off the rough edges of the cabinet with some steel wool. Consider buying a dust buster type device so you can get it up as soon as the powder lands. You may need to forego using powder in the batroom until you have the crevices cleaned and sealed up. Maybe apply your powder on the bed with the covers folded back.

  • Oliva Oliva on Jan 08, 2019

    Sand down to bare wood. Restain and poly seal with 3 coats sealer.

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Jan 08, 2019

    Stiff bristled toilet bowl brush do it when dry then vacuum with heavy duty/strong vacuum,or as Jeanne Martin said can of air or even air compressor(you could rent one) if you get it wet your making plaster of paris/chalk or worse,really tough to remove from wood gets ingrained in wood fibers. Here's from article I found--But seriously, it depends on the baby powder.Most are made from talcum powder (Talc), which would form a gritty paste that would dry like the weakest cement you can imagine, into the basic consistency of sidewalk chalk.If it is made with cornstarch, you would get a fluid-solid hybrid.Cornstarch with water makes a fluid when, under higher pressures, becomes a solid. If it has gotten wet & then dried I'd say try really hot water to break it down & some steel wool also may need putty knife or even fine tipped metal skewer to scrape/pick it out of crevices on cabinets,baseboards. Good luck sounds like mess,but nothing is impossible! Try putting the powder on inside shower or tub area easier to clean up.

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    • Sandy Sandy on Apr 27, 2020

      What on earth exactly is going on in the bathroom, why would they have destroyed it, evicted and kicked out so they decided to destroy the house?????4-27-20

  • Tammye Lockwood Tammye Lockwood on Jan 09, 2019

    Thanks for all the answers I received. Lynn and Luuezz I believe you have suggested what would work in my situation. Again thanks for all answers given.

  • Arthur J Stolts Arthur J Stolts on Dec 27, 2020

    A brush with very fine but stiff bristles worked pretty well for me. I took a cheap paint brush and cut the bristles short with scissors so they'd be stiff enough to get the powder out. Then vacuum up the loose powder. After removing all the powder I could I used Bona on the surface. One of the spots was baby powder a kid had thrown at least a year before and hadn't come up with the usual hardwood maintenance of vacuuming and using a Bona mop.

  • EricaC EricaC on Aug 12, 2021

    I love baby powder. I just purchased " dustoff compressed gas in a can" and then did a quick wipe with vinegar and water. I wanted to cry with joy. I was so excited I googled how I can post and share this!!! Remind you I use baby powder everyday and even a toothbrush was not removing all the powder.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Nov 01, 2021

    Hi, I think the advice is not to use any or as much baby powder as you have been doing, but if you really want to use it, put some on your hand or cloth rather than sprinkling it all over.