Absorbent powders soak up moisture, grease, or odors. They can be used effectively as body powders and as spot removers.
Talc (French chalk), a finely powdered mineral, and cornstarch, from corn kernels, can be used either mixed with each other or alone as moisture-absorbing body powders.
Fullers earth, a white or brown clay like powder, removes grease from clothing and carpets. Spread the soiled fabric on a clean cloth. Sprinkle a dense layer of powder onto the spot and rub the powder gently into the fabric. When a light crust has formed, scrape away the powder. For a stubborn spot, leave the powder in place for 10 to 12 hours. To lift grease from carpeting, sprinkle the affected area generously, let the powder stand for several hours, then vacuum.
Baking soda absorbs unpleasant odors. Place opened packages of it in the refrigerator or bathroom. To deodorize carpets, sprinkle on, let stand, and vacuum.