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November 17, 2011

Alternative Uses for Shampoo and Body Wash

Help the environment by finishing up those shampoos and body washes you hated and stashed under the bathroom sink. Check out this post for ways to use the products up.

Recently I’ve stopped using shampoo. No I’m not gross, I’m using Wen products.  But now I have to figure out what to do with all of my left over partially finished shampoo bottles. As mentioned in a recent blog post, I have a problem where I buy too much of one kind of product when things are on sale… thus I have more than five shampoo bottles under my sink waiting to be used.

Here are some alternative uses for shampoo (that also apply to body washes, except for the first one) to help you get rid of this product build up.

  1. Use shampoo as body wash! If it can clean your hair, it will clean your body.
  2. Fill up your pretty soap bottle in the bathroom or kitchen with shampoo or body wash instead. Often times you can buy a generic large shampoo bottle for $1, which is cheaper then soap! I’ve been using shampoo as soap in my bathroom for years and no one has noticed.
  3. Shampoo is perfect for cleaning up your makeup brushes. See how I do it here.
  4. Spot clean stains before they go in the wash. Rub a little with water on a spot and let it sink in before you put it in the washer.

Can you think of any extra uses for shampoo or body wash? Post them in the comments below! 

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  • Krystyn

    I like the idea of using it as handsoap. I don't like using antibacterial handsoap, so this is a great option!

    November 17, 2011 at 2:53 pm Reply
  • justine domantay

    this is very clever! Yeah,I saw you use the shampoo in cleaning up your sigma brushes :D

    November 18, 2011 at 6:52 am Reply
  • alexandra16

    that seems good! i;'ll try it!!

    November 19, 2011 at 11:38 am Reply
  • Rebecca Kelsey

    Glad to help!

    November 30, 2011 at 4:59 pm Reply
  • Rebecca Kelsey

    Haha, it works!

    November 30, 2011 at 4:59 pm Reply
  • Rebecca Kelsey

    How'd you like it?

    November 30, 2011 at 4:59 pm Reply
  • Ayn

    Shampoo and body wash can be diluted and spraying on eyeglasses for cleaning.

    February 26, 2012 at 6:31 pm Reply
  • Helen

    the wen link at the beginning of this post leads to sth irrelevant i think.maybe not. just check it and if it needs to, change it. xo

    July 20, 2013 at 5:14 am Reply
    • rebeccakelsey

      Thanks Helen! I just fixed it.

      Kindness is the best accessory,

      July 21, 2013 at 10:30 am Reply

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