If you don’t have a baby in the family, you’re probably unfamiliar with the best-buy baby powder options around today. If you’re concerned about talc, look for a talc-free baby powder like Hello Bello Premium Organic Baby Powder, $7.99 for a 6.1-ounce container on Amazon. For those prone to rashes, consider a powder formulated for sensitive skin, like Caldensene Medicated Protecting Body Powder, $5.48 at Walmart. Or just go basic with a multipurpose option like Burt’s Bees Baby Bees Dusting Powder, $8.99 for 7.5 ounces.
Dust your hands lightly with the powder before you get to work weeding, digging, and pruning. Keep the container within reach so you can reapply as needed. You can also use baby powder elsewhere in the garden. Dust tool handles with it to avoid blisters. It’s one of the natural ways to get rid of ants without poison. Baby powder is also an excellent deodorizer: Puff some inside your garden shoes to keep them smelling fresh.