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6 genius uses for deodorant you had no idea were possible. Or worked.

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Confession: I love a multi-tasking product more than most. What’s not to like, given that they usually cut drawn out beauty processes in half (and for half the price)?

A face wash that also doubles as shampoo! Conditioner that can be used as a shaving cream! It’s sheer brilliance. Deodorant was one of those products I always assumed was pretty one-dimensional. Sure, it stops me sweating, but can I set my makeup with it? Does it double as bubble bath?

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Turns out it does a lot more than just mask bad BO. Take one simple deodorant (I’m loving the MooGoo Fresh Cream Deodorant at the moment) and you can basically solve all of life’s problems. Kind of…

 1. Protect against blisters

Forget band-aids – apply deodorant to the sides of your feet before taking your new shoes out for a spin. It will act as a barrier between your skin and the shoe, preventing blisters.

Applying deodorant can prevent blisters forming from new shoes. Image via iStock

2. Prevent ingrown hairs

A simple swipe of deodorant after shaving can ease painful razor burn and help prevent ingrown hairs.

6. Remove nail polish

Running out of nail polish remover is no longer a sentence to chipped nail hell if you happen to have a deodorant lying around.

No nail polish remover? No problem. Image via iStock.
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A spritz of spray deodorant on a cotton ball will take off your nail polish, thanks to its high alcohol content. (Post continues after gallery.) 

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4. Soothe insect bites

Been bitten by a mozzie and without spray? Thanks to the aluminium salts present in most deodorants, a quick swipe will provide you with instant relief.

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5. Fix squeaky doors.

This one surprised us. If you're not so handy with a hammer, spraying deodorant onto a noisy door hinge will stop the squeaking.

6. Prevent chafing

Ever run so hard you get chafing? No, me neither. BUT if it does happen, don’t worry - just apply a thin layer of deodorant onto the affected area before you start exercising.

Related: Mia Freedman: “That time I spent $100 to remove one pimple.”

Have any more genius hacks for deodorant? What's your favourite multi-tasking product? 

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