Additional Uses for Shampoo

Ways to Use Up Extra Hotel Shampoo

Those free shampoo samples and hotel leftovers can really pile up! Here are 10 uses for shampoo to help you work through your surplus:

Liquid Soap

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Shampoo makes an excellent liquid hand soap, and it's loads cheaper than any soap refill that you can buy. Just fill your soap dispenser about a third of the way with shampoo; fill the rest of the space with water, and give the dispenser a good shake to combine everything.

Have a foaming soap dispenser? You can use shampoo to make your own foaming soap refill, too.

Also Worth Trying: Add baking soda to a bottle of shampoo to create your own mechanic's/gardener's soap.

Shaving Cream

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Cross shaving cream off of your shopping list for good. A squirt of shampoo works just as well, and will never leave those nasty rust stains on your tub.

Tip: Mix shampoo and conditioner together (or use a two-in-one) to give your skin an extra boost of moisture.

Body Wash

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Save some cash and cut down on the number of bottles in your shower by using shampoo in place of your body wash. It will lather up beautifully and leave you smelling great.

Also Worth Trying:

  • Add a capful of shampoo to your bath water in place of bubble bath
  • Mix some salt or sugar into your shampoo to create your very own body scrub

To Hand Wash Clothes

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Forget about buying special laundry detergent for your delicates. A squeeze of shampoo in a sinkful of water is all you need to clean undergarments, sweaters and anything else that you like to handwash.

Laundry Stain Remover

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Blast away your toughest laundry stains with a squirt of shampoo. It works especially well on oil and blood stains. Just work a bit of shampoo into the spot; let it sit for a little while, and rinse clean. Repeat if necessary.

To Spot Treat Carpet/Upolstery Stains

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Work a small amount of shampoo into any carpet or upholstery stain. Then, simply dab the spot with a damp rag until the stain lifts.

Tip: If you're worried about colorfastness, test this trick out in an inconspicuous area first.

Kitchen Degreaser

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Use shampoo to remove grease buildup from your kitchen counters, walls, and appliances. Just apply a small amount of shampoo to a wet rag. Work it into the area that you wish to clean, and let it sit for a few minutes. Rinse clean, and all that grease should be gone.

Tip: Boost the effectiveness of the shampoo, by adding a bit of baking soda. It'll act like a scouring powder, and get that grease off even faster.

Floor Cleaner

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Make your own mopping solution by adding a capful of shampoo to a bucket of warm water. It'll do a great job on your linoleum or ceramic tile floors.

Bathroom Cleaner

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Shampoo is designed to cut through oil and hair product build up, so it works great on soap scum, too. Use it to clean your tub or shower, and you'll drastically reduce your scrub time. Just apply shampoo with a rag. Let it sit for a bit, and rinse clean. That's really all there is to it!

Have hair spray build up on your bathroom walls? Shampoo will remove that, too!

Bubble Solution

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Keep the kids entertained by making bubble solution from diluted shampoo. It works just as well as store-bought, and costs way less.