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Use up unwanted shampoo

By on September 12, 2011

Shampoo can be used in a variety of ways in your household. This is helpful when you have an accumulation of free samples, or when you clean out your closet and find older, partially used bottles. Samples are wonderful to use when traveling, to tuck into gift baskets, or to use as stocking stuffers. You can donate them, too. However, this doesn’t help for any unwanted shampoo that’s already been opened.
Here are a few alternative uses for any extra shampoo you have left.



Instead of using shaving cream, use leftover shampoo or free samples. One reader, Deanna H., shares: “I’ve read people use hair conditioner or shampoo instead of shaving cream and gels in the shower. I do one better: After I lather my hair with shampoo or conditioner, I take the excess and use it on my legs for shaving. You’re rinsing it down the drain, so you might as well get one more use.”


Add a squirt of shampoo to a finger bowl of warm water to soften cuticles for home manicures.


Baby shampoo works well for hair and skin for all ages. You can use it as a makeup remover, too. Another reader, Tracy Q. from New York, shares: “I make homemade body wash from cheap shampoo. You need 1 cup of Suave shampoo, 1/2 cup water, 3 tablespoons table salt or Epsom salt. Combine all the ingredients together and whisk the mixture until it’s kind of frothy. Pour it into a recycled liquid soap container and voila! You have instant body wash at a fraction of the cost!”


Take the ouch out of removing a sticky bandage. Apply a few drops of shampoo on top of the bandage. Rub it in and let it soak in to work on loosening the adhesive for a minute or two. Then lift the bandage with ease.


Fill a small sink with hot water and add a few squirts of shampoo to it. Soak brushes and combs in it. Swish the comb and brushes a few times. Use the comb to scrub the hair brush to remove any hair, hair oil or lint, and continue to swish until clean.


To prevent swim masks and goggles from fogging up, fill a squirt bottle with a mixture of one part baby shampoo and two parts water. Apply it to the goggles, and lightly rinse.


Rub full-strength shampoo directly onto grease stains or ring around the collar prior to washing.


Use shampoo to clean your tub, sink, chrome faucets and shower walls. Use a Scotch-Brite scrub pad, a loofah or a nylon bath puff to help you scrub away soap scum. You can cut the legs off pantyhose and use them as a scrubbers, too. Use baking soda with the shampoo if you need a stronger abrasive cleaner.
Another reader, Lisa C. from Texas, shares: “If you have tile on your bathroom floor and use a lot of hairspray products, then you have sticky floors like I do. I’ve been trying to find the perfect cleaner to take care of this problem. I’ve used Pine-Sol, vinegar, Scrubbing Bubbles and liquid Lysol, and none of these worked very well. So not long ago I thought, ‘OK, now what?’ Aha! Shampoo! It worked like a charm. It’s also very frugal, since I use whatever is on sale.”

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