20 Alternative Uses for Shampoo

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After donating unused soap and shampoo to Clean the World, a non-profit organization that provides hygiene supplies to those at risk of infection and disease due to lack of soap, I realized that many of us have extra shampoo lying around for various reasons. Whether it’s from collecting hotel shampoo, purchasing a fragrance that is overpowering, or switching to a natural brand before finishing the current bottle, don’t let the extra shampoo go to waste. Here are twenty ways to use it up:

– Donate unused shampoo to Clean the World to help combat respiratory infection and diarrheal disease caused by lack of hygiene supplies.

And now, stepping off my soapbox…

– Apply a drop of shampoo to a Q-tip and dab it onto a stuck zipper to help it glide smoothly.

– Give your leather shoes and purses a quick refresh by rubbing a small amount of shampoo on worn areas with a clean cloth, then buffing. This also protects against salt stains.

– Use just a drop or two of shampoo as a substitute for expensive specialty soaps when hand-washing laundry.

– Treat laundry stains with a few drops of shampoo, rubbing it in and letting it soak before washing as usual.

– Apply shampoo to the adhesive part of a bandage and let it soak through to make removal less painful and sticky.

– In a pinch, use shampoo as a substitute for bubble bath.

– Lather up with shampoo (or conditioner) as a nourishing, less-drying alternative to soap when shaving legs.

– Use shampoo instead of harsh soap to clean hands without drying out the skin or put it in a liquid soap dispenser for everyday use.

– Soak combs and hairbrushes in warm water and shampoo to remove body oil and buildup, then rinse well.

– Mix a few drops of shampoo with water to wipe down dusty houseplant leaves with a towel.

– Quickly clean tubs, showers, and sinks with shampoo as a liquid cleaner that rinses clean and makes chrome shine.

– Massage a few drops of shampoo through paintbrush bristles to clean them, but avoid using hot water which can loosen the glue and cause bristle loss.

– To remove spills on rugs and carpets, try using shampoo. Apply a few drops with water and then blot with a towel. Repeat the process until the spill is gone.

– Prevent swimming masks from fogging up by rubbing a few drops of shampoo on the inside surface then rinsing it off.

– Use diluted shampoo instead of bubble soap for bubble-blowing wands.

– For car washing suds, add 1/4 cup of shampoo to a pail of warm water and lather up the car as usual.

– Create a paste by mixing shampoo with baking soda to clean chrome on vehicles. Rinse thoroughly and buff to shine.

– To loosen stuck nuts and bolts, apply a drop of shampoo and let it seep into the threads. The bolt should then loosen easily.

– Shampoo can also be used to lubricate squeaky hinges.

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FAQ

1. Can shampoo be used to clean makeup brushes?

Yes, shampoo can be used to clean makeup brushes! Simply wet the brush, apply a small amount of shampoo, and work it into a lather. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and let the brush air dry.

2. Can shampoo be used as a body wash?

Yes, shampoo can be used as a body wash in a pinch! However, it may not lather as well as traditional body wash and could potentially be more drying to the skin.

3. Can shampoo be used to clean jewelry?

Yes, shampoo can be used to clean jewelry! Mix a small amount of shampoo with warm water and soak the jewelry for a few minutes. Use a soft-bristled brush to gently scrub away any dirt or grime. Rinse thoroughly and let the jewelry air dry.

4. Can shampoo be used to wash delicate fabrics?

Yes, shampoo can be used to wash delicate fabrics! Mix a small amount of shampoo with cool water and gently hand wash the fabric. Rinse thoroughly and lay flat to dry.

5. Can shampoo be used to clean carpets?

Yes, shampoo can be used to clean carpets! Mix a small amount of shampoo with warm water and use a scrub brush or sponge to work it into the carpet. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and let the carpet air dry.

6. Can shampoo be used to clean paint brushes?

Yes, shampoo can be used to clean paint brushes! Simply wet the brush, apply a small amount of shampoo, and work it into a lather. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and let the brush air dry.

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