Repurpose Your Stockpile– 10 Alternative uses for Shampoo

March 29, 2012

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If you have been sharing in the Coupon “High” you probably have a stockpile of toiletries that you have gotten Free or really really cheap.  What’s a person to do with all those items?   Of course you can use them for their intended purpose or donate them, but you can also repurpose them.

Today, I’m sharing 10 Alternative uses for Shampoo.  By the way, you can get Free Travel sizes of shampoo this week at Target.  With spring cleaning coming, the first idea is perfect.

  1. Remove hair spray from walls - Do your bathroom walls have a bunch of shiny spots from hairspray that overshot your head? You can get it off without sanding and repainting. Simply put some shampoo on a wet sponge to clean, and wipe off suds with a clean, wet sponge. Shampoo is the ideal thing for this job because it is specifically made to handle hair product buildup.
  2. Revitalize leather shoes and purses – You don’t need to buy expensive mink oil to refresh your shoes and purses. A little shampoo and a clean rag will work great. Rub shampoo into worn areas in circles to clean and bring back the color of your accessories. In addition, it will protect your shoes from salt stains.
  3. Remove a bandage painlessly – Do your kids scream when you take a band-aid off them? Use shampoo and they won’t anymore. Rub just a drop of shampoo on and around the bandage to let it seep through the air holes. Wait a couple seconds while it seeps through and then it will come off very easily.
  4. Resize a shrunken sweater – This one takes a bit of time and patience, but is worth it since it can save an expensive sweater. Using baby shampoo and warm water you can bring it back to full size. Fill a basin with warm water, squirt in some baby shampoo, and swish once with your hand. Lay the sweater on top of the water and let it sink on its own and soak for 15 minutes. Gently take your sweater out without wringing it and put it in a container, then fill the sink again with clean water. Lay the sweater on top and let it sink again to rinse. Take the sweater out, place it on a towel, and roll the towel to take out most of the moisture. Lay the sweater on a dry towel on a flat surface and gently start to reshape it. Come back to the sweater while it’s drying to reshape a little more each time. The end result will be your sweater back at it’s normal size.
  5. Use to wash delicates- No need to buy expensive Woolite, you can use your free shampoo to clean your delicates. It suds up well with just a drop and is gentle on your delicates.
  6. Revitalize your feet – Give your feet a pick-me-up while you sleep. Rub a little shampoo all over your feet and put on a light pair of cotton socks. When you wake up, your feet will feel smooth and silky.
  7. Clean your car – Here’s another expensive product you don’t need to buy. The grease-cutting power of shampoo works great on your car too. Use about 1/4 cup shampoo to a bucket of water and sponge up the car as usual. You can also use a dab of shampoo directly on a rag or sponge to get off those hard-to-remove tar spots.
  8. Lubricate a zipper – If your zipper gets stuck, don’t yank on it until it breaks. Put a drop of shampoo on a cotton swab and dab it onto the zipper. The shampoo will help the zipper to slide free, and any residue will come out next time you wash the item.
  9. Lubricate stubborn nuts and bolts – Got a nut and bolt you can’t separate? Instead of buying spot lubricant, try a drop of shampoo. Let it seep into the threads and the bolt will be much more cooperative.
  10. Substitute for shaving cream – Did you run out of shaving cream and it’s not on sale this week? Instead of using soap, try shampoo. It lathers well, plus it has softening agent

Not only do these alternatives give me a way to use up some of the shampoo I already have, but they also save me from having to buy expensive products such as Woolite and Car cleaner.

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kathy March 29, 2012 at 10:26 am

Conditioner makes the best shaving cream ever.

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The Coupon 'High" March 29, 2012 at 11:35 am

I’ve used that too. Stay tuned for my 10 Alternative uses for Conditioner.

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