5 Uses for Lanolin Nipple Cream that Don’t Involve Nipples

Nipple cream is wonderful stuff.  It’s gooey, sticky, and it feels so good on sore nipples.  I have a variety of nipple creams.  I’ve put all kinds of things (in addition to babyspit) on my nipples: the MotherLove Herbal Nipple Cream, the MotherLove Diaper Rash and Thrush Cream (on my nipples), the lanolin cream in the purple tube, plain old olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil.  But I’ve found that nipple creams are great for more than just nipples!  Here are my top five non-nipple-related uses for nipple cream. Specifically, I’m going to be talking about the nipple cream in the purple tube since it’s fairly inexpensive and I don’t mind slathering the stuff all over creation.

  1. Lip Balm!  This is, hands down, the best lip balm around.  The tiniest bit of nipple cream can protect, moisturize, and heal your dry, cracked lips. It doesn’t tingle and sting like certain lip balms do. It just leaves a smooth, rich, protective barrier. After I’m done putting lanolin on my nipples, I rub whatever is leftover onto my lips. Feels so good!
  2. Ointment for Scraped Knees.  The Grasshopper can be so sensitive sometimes on her wounds.  If she falls and skins her knees, even taking a gentle bath stings the wounds.  I hate seeing either of my babies cry.  Enter the lanolin.  It gives a soothing, non-stingy barrier, and helps it heal faster.  We save it especially for the rug burn-type wounds where the skin gets abraded off and every little touch burns like the dickens.
  3. Drool Rash Ointment.  We are approaching teething-time with little Miss Cricket, and her poor chin has seen better days.  She gets dry, chapped skin from all the slobber flowing down over her chin to her bib.  Enter the nipple cream. A few applications later, and the dry, red rash is completely gone.  I always rub a little up on her cheeks, too. It keeps her skin smooth and fresh. And I don’t have to worry about her rubbing a little into her mouth.
  4. Diaper Rash Cream.  Just like on the chin, lanolin makes a great barrier.  It protects the bootie from the wets and dirties, and it heals the chapped area.  Are you seeing a pattern here?  Any time something is chapped and rashy, stick some lanolin on it! Just use good hygiene here and do not cross-contaminate the tube of nipple cream with booty germs.
  5. Razor Nick Ointment. Not only does it soothe the sting and promote healing, but it stops the bleeding too. Handy!

And what if you get lanolin on something?  Yes, it stains. And no. You can’t just toss it in the washer to get the stains out.  So what do you do if your favorite bra, nursing pads, or sheets get lanolin stains on them?  Break out the blue Dawn! The grease-fighting action gets the oily lanolin out. Squirt some on the stain. Rub, rub, rub. Leave it to sit for a while. Overnight is good. Toss it in the washer, and voila! The lanolin stains are gone!

Do you have any odd-ball uses for nipple cream?  I’d love to hear!

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19 thoughts on “5 Uses for Lanolin Nipple Cream that Don’t Involve Nipples

  1. If you use cloth diapers and have wool covers you can use lanolin to rewaterproof the covers. I’m so not into handwashing these things so they go through the clothes washer and sometimes the drier. When I have 4 or so that are clean at the same time I mix a table spoon of lanolin in about a cup of warm water. They won’t really mix (oil and water) but all you are doing is using the water as a carrier for the lanolin. I pour the water lanolin mix over the piled up diapers. Then I smoosh them around in any run off to get as much lanolin to the fabric as possible. You’ll know the areas that tend to get the most wet on your kid’s diaper covers. Let them dry and put them to work. I can get a few washings out of each lanolin session.


  2. Use it for cracked heels and callouses… Rub it in and put on a pair of socks! Your feet will be smooth in the morning 😉


  3. I apply it on my 3 year old upper lip whenever he has a runny nose as wiping it all the time makes his upper lip red and dry and chapped. Gets rid of chapping real fast and protects his skin from the mucus that always runs down from his nose!


  4. Eczema rashes. My daughter suffers from dry patches and I use it on her skin. It works better than some of the other remedies I have tried.


  5. Newborns always have scaly skin. I use it on their hands instead of lotions since I KNOW it’s safe if they get it in their mouths!


  6. Thank you so much for this. I have a ton of lanolin left over from breastfeeding and I didn’t want to throw it all away. I just didn’t know other ways to use it.


  7. I’ve been using it inside my nose. It’s been dry and cracked from the sudden cold weather and indoor heating. Works like a charm!


  8. My kids are long past breastfeeding…but I keep buying the stuff. Best chapstick ever! My husband even loves using it for hand cream. If your hands are dry/burned from chemical cleaners it works amazingly well!


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