Shampoo is largely associated with hair and its cleansing properties in that arena. It turns out it has many uses beyond hair hygiene. Here are some ways shampoo may be beneficial in other ways in the home.
Medicinal or therapeutic uses
- Remove bandages painlessly – just rub a drop of shampoo around the edges of a bandage before removing it. It will slide off easily. No more bracing yourself and clenching all your muscles in preparation.
- Make your own body scrub by mixing leftover shampoo with salt or sugar. While both are great exfoliants, sugar is preferable because it is less abrasive and there is less of a chance of it stinging compared to salt.
- Use it as a body wash substitute and a facial cleanser if you have dry skin.
- It can be used to revitalize feet and give them some TLC. Just rub some all over your feet and put on a light pair of socks for smoother feet the next day.
- Soak your fingernails and cuticles in a diluted mixture for clean nails and softer hands. 6 Home Remedies To Whiten Stained Nails
- Remove make-up with shampoo and a soft cloth then rinse your face afterwards if your make-up remover is over.
- No shaving cream? Shampoo works as a great substitute.
Skin and beauty
- Use it like liquid soap. It’s cheaper and works just as well. Harsh soaps dry out hands, while shampoo is mild making it a great substitute in your liquid soap dispenser.
- Clean your paint and make-up brushes. Soak in shampoo and warm water while gently massaging the bristles for the best results. This mix can also be used to clean combs and hairbrushes as well.
Floors and laundry
- Use it to wash your delicates including pantyhose, tights, and stockings.
- Pour some over a paint stain and scrub the pant out before washing it. This will remove the stain and can also be used for carpet spills.
- To get the yellow off of the collar and cuffs from a shirt, use some shampoo as a pretreatment.
- It can remove blood stains from white linen. Pour some directly onto the stain and let it sit for 15-20 minutes.
- Make your own mopping solution by adding a capful of shampoo to a bucket of warm water. It works great on linoleum and ceramic tile floors.
- Use it to clean the grill rack from the oven.
- Shampoo is designed to cut through oil and hair product build-up, so it works great for cleaning the tub and shower. Use it to clean your tub and shower and you’ll drastically reduce your scrub time. Apply shampoo with a rag, let it sit for a while then rinse.
- Out of toilet cleaner? Pour some shampoo into your toilet then brush. It works best on fibreglass tubs and sinks. It can also unclog a toilet. Just pour some into your toilet water until it hits the sides of the bowl and slides down to the clog. Let it sit for 15 minutes before you flush it down.
- Wash your car with it. It’s mild and does not harm the paint. Just mix some in warm water and use it to wash your car. Mix it with some baking soda and use it to clean and polish chrome fixtures and finishes from car rims to taps.
- Revitalize leather shoes and purses. Rub some shampoo into the worn areas and rub with a clean rag. It will bring the colour back and protect them from salt stains as well.
- Wash your pet in human shampoo to remove any dirt buildup.
- Clean houseplant leaves with a clean cloth dipped in a mixture of shampoo and water.
- Baby shampoo can resize shrunken sweaters restoring them to their full size once more. Fill a basin with warm water, squirt in some baby shampoo, and mix. Lay your sweater on the water and let it sink on its own. Let it soak for about 15 minutes. Gently take it out and then lay it on a basin with clean water. Let it sink again as it rinses. Take it out, lay it in a towel and roll the towel to take out most of the moisture. Lay it on a flat surface and then gently begin to reshape it. Keep coming back while it’s drying and reshaping a little more each time. Soon, you will see your own little miracle.
- Loosen stuck nuts and bolts with a drop of shampoo. Allow it to seep into the threads and it should loosen easily.
- Rub some of it onto a stuck zipper to lubricate its teeth and get the zipper to move.
- Lubricate a squeaky hinge by rubbing some shampoo on it.
- Make the kids some bubble solution from diluted shampoo. It works just as well as store-bought bubble solutions and costs way less.
Go forth and get the most out of your shampoo.