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If you're like me and just can't resist a free sample or have bought a shampoo just to find out you hated it, but don't want to waste it by throwing it away, then this information is for you. If you are like the select few who have decided to stop washing their hair, then you too may have some left over shampoo lying around that you'd like to use up. This information will also come in handy if you're just looking for a way to live more frugally, since a bottle of shampoo is much less expensive than the household cleaners in this list than it can be used in place of. If, on the other hand, you don't have any unwanted bottles of shampoo lying around, can afford to hire someone else to do your cleaning, so don't care about how much it costs, then this article may not be of much interest to you. Unless, also like me, you just have an insatiable curiosity for all things unusual, new and perhaps even trivial :).
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HEALTH & BEAUTY
1. Make your own body scrub by mixing unwanted shampoo with sugar or salt. A word
of caution: sugar is less abrasive and just as good an exfoliant as salt. Salt can scratch skin and
stings like the dickens when it does, too!
2. Use as a body wash.
3. Washing eyelashes & brows with baby shampoo works wonders for dry eyes. Dry eye is caused by our natural oils and washing the lashes several times a day and using liquid tear products can help dry eyes.
4. Revitalize your feet give them 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.
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5. Remove hair spray from walls. Shampoo is tailor-made to handle hair product buildup.
6. Remove make up with shampoo and a soft cloth. Rinse your face with tap water afterwards. Baby shampoo is best because it's tear free and, therefore, safe for eyes.
7. Fill a small bowl with shampoo and soak your fingernails and cuticles. Not only cleans, but softens.
8. Use baby shampoo as a facial cleanser if you have dry skin
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9. Use as a substitute for bubble bath.
10. Shampoo and conditioner work great as a substitute for shaving cream. Shampoo is much less drying than soap, too.
11. Harsh soap can dry out hands, but sometimes you need something strong for extra grime–next time, try using shampoo as a hand cleanser. It tackles messes with out drying out your skin. You can also just put it in your liquid soap dispenser for everyday use.
12. Worse than a wound is often the removal of a bandage. Let a few drops of shampoo soak through the adhesive part and the bandage should peel off without pain and sticking.
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13. It might sound impossible but try it if you have got paint on your clothes. It will take the paint right off the clothes.
14. Use to wash out pantyhose, tights, and stockings.
15. Shampoo can remove the blood from your white linens. Pour the shampoo directly onto the blood spot and Cover the area with a wet towel. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes. See it for your self what shampoo can do and your detergent could not. It really works.
16. To get the yellow off of the collar and cuffs from a shirt use shampoo as a pretreatment and see it working.
17. Shampoo works well on laundry stains–treat the stain with a few drops of shampoo, rub them in, let soak, and then launder as usual.
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18. If you are out of toilet cleaner try using shampoo. It does work as a good tub cleaner.
19. For cleaning fiberglass sinks and tubs it can't be beat.
20. Use shampoo in a bucket of water to clean the dirt and grime off of your fiberglass boat. Rinse clean with a garden hose and allow your boat to air dry.
21. Use it for cleaning the cork handles on old fishing poles.
22. Use conditioner free shampoo for cleaning your arts and crafts paint brushes. Put a drop in the palm of your hand and scrub the brushes vigorously and rinse and repeat until all the paint is gone. (Never use extra hot water when washing paint brushes, it loosens the glue resulting in bristle loss!)
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23. Shampoo can be used as a multi-purpose cleaner. Use it like as liquid cleaner for mopping the floor, washing woodwork, etc.
24. If you are one of those who spins your own yarns, then the wash fleece with your shampoo. Once washed, the yarn is already fairly clean and has a nice fragrance.
25. Use leftover shampoo with regular baking soda to clean and polish almost any hard metal surface till it gleams, especially chrome. It works wonders on rings in the bathtub, kitchen sinks, and shower tiles without the awful fumes. The best part it leaves shower smelling great!
26. Clean the grill rack from the oven.
27. Use shampoo and a soft bristled brush to clean family headstones. Rinse the suds clean, and the headstone will be clean and shiny.
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28. Grab the shampoo and a clean rag to spot clean the outside of your refrigerator and stove. It will remove greasy spots, as well as dirt and other food spills too.
29. Shampoo can also be used to unclog a toilet. This is quite helpful in a hotel room. Pour a little shampoo in the water so it hits the side of the bowl and slides down next to the offending material. Wait 15 minutes. Flush. Less embarassing than calling maintenance.
30. Try shampoo on rug and carpet spills, dab a few drops on with some water and blot with a towel. Repeat until spill is gone.
31. Shampoo works well to remove body oil and gunk from combs and hairbrushes; comb out any loose hair and swish the comb/brush in some warm water and shampoo. Let it soak for a few minutes, then rinse well.
32. You can clean houseplant leaves using a few drops of shampoo in a bowl of water; dip a towel in the solution, wring it out, and wipe away dust.
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33. Loosen stuck nuts and bolts with a drop of shampoo. Let it seep into the threads and the bolt should loosen easily.
34. Use shampoo to lubricate squeaky hinges.
35. For a stuck zipper, put a drop of shampoo on a Q-tip and dab it onto the zipper. The shampoo will help the zipper to slide easily.
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36. Resize a shrunken sweater. 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. Your patience will be rewarded!
37. No tear baby shampoo works great as a dog or cat shampoo. Not only will it not hurt their eyes, but it will make their coats shiny and tangle free. It kills fleas too.
38. Donate your old shampoo to Clean the World to help fight acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease due to lack of hygiene supplies.
39. Buff your shoes. In a pinch, you can revitalize leather shoes and purses by using a small amount of shampoo on a clean cloth. Rub into worn areas as you would shoe polish, and give it a buff. This also offers some protection from salt stains.
40. A few drops of shampoo rubbed onto the inside surface of a swimming mask, then rinsed in sea water, will prevent the mask from fogging up.
41. Diluted shampoo can take the place of bubble soap for bubble-blowing wands.
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Happy scrubbing :),