Alternative Uses for Hair Conditioner

Ideas Include Dryer Sheet, Shaving Cream, and More

Have lots of hair conditioner that you got free with coupons, or just a bottle that you didn't like? Put your excess to work with these alternative uses:

Leave-In Conditioner/Detangler

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Tame frizz, flyaways, and tangles by whipping up your own leave-in conditioner. All you need is hair conditioner and water.

Dryer Sheets

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Replace store-bought dryer sheets with your own homemade version. Just fill a spray bottle with one part water and one part conditioner, and shake to combine. Then, label the bottle, and store it with the rest of your laundry products. To use: simply spray some on a washcloth, and toss it in the dryer with your clothes. Easy and affordable.

Shaving Cream

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Shaving cream is expensive, and it leaves that annoying rust ring in the shower. Forgo all of that by using a cheap bottle of hair conditioner instead. Just squirt some into your hand, work it into your skin, and continue with your regular shaving routine.

Stainless Steel Polish

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Tired of forking over big bucks for stainless steel cleaner? Use hair conditioner to eliminate those fingerprints and smudges on your appliances instead. Just apply a dab to a clean cloth, and rub it into the surface of your appliances. Then, buff with a second cloth to remove any excess.

Note: As with any new cleaner, it's best to test it in an inconspicuous area first.

Hand-Wash Detergent

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Add a squirt of hair conditioner to a sink of warm water when you have delicate clothing items to wash. This works well for pantyhose, unmentionables, woolens and many other items.

Unshrink a Sweater

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If you accidentally toss your wool sweater in the dryer, fill a sink with warm water, add a tablespoon of hair conditioner, and allow it to soak for several hours. Then, squeeze the excess water out; lay the sweater on a flat surface, and gently stretch it back to its original size (use another sweater as a reference). Note that this will only work if the sweater hasn't been felted by the heat.

Makeup Remover

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Apply a small amount of conditioner to a washcloth, and use it to remove your makeup before bed. Just give your face a quick rinse when you're done, and you're ready to catch some ZZZs.

Unclog a Drain

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Cure small clogs by squirting some hair conditioner in the drain, and following up with some hot water. The conditioner will act as a lubricant to help get the drain moving again.

Condition Brushes

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Work a small amount of conditioner into your paint and makeup brushes after you clean them to reshape and soften the bristles. A dab of olive oil will also do the trick.

Remove Stickers, Bandages and Temporary Tattoos

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If you don't have any rubbing alcohol on hand, grab a bottle of conditioner the next time you have a sticker, adhesive bandage or temporary tattoo that you want to get rid of without a lot of pain or scrubbing.