Unusual uses for your shampoo and conditioner

Unusual uses for your shampoo and conditioner

Surprise secret uses for...


  • Washing up liquid. Shampoo is actually twice as effective on dirt and grease than regular dish soap and much gentler on skin.
  • Make up brush and hairbrush cleaner. Keeping make up and hairbrushes clean is essential for banishing hidden dirt and bacteria. Remove excess hair and residue from your brushes then leave them to soak in a bowl of warm water and shampoo for 10-15 minutes. Rinse and leave them to dry out for squeaky-clean brushes.
  • Clean delicates. Instead of forking out for expensive hand wash products, just use shampoo to wash your delicates instead.  Use shampoo as you would normal hand wash detergent and rinse out.
  • At-home manicure. You don’t have to go to the salon to treat yourself to a manicure.  Soak your hands in gentle shampoo and warm water for silky soft mitts and clean cuticles.
  • Stop mirrors from fogging. Squirt a bit of shampoo on a paper towel and rub it into the mirror then wipe it away with a clean cloth. Next time you shower your mirror will be fog free with no streaks.
  • Body wash. If you’ve run out of shower gel or want to save space on packing, shampoo can easily be used as body wash.


  • Fabric softener. Keep a bottle of conditioner in your laundry room for when you run out of fabric softener. Conditioner does the exact same job.
  • Remove make up/ At a pinch, a dab of conditioner can remove make up, just put some on a cotton pad to gently remove make up then rinse your face. This is great for when you’ve forgotten your make up remover on holiday, but isn't recommended for everyday use.
  • Cuticle cream. Some cuticle creams can leave you with greasy fingers, instead try dabbing a little conditioner onto your nails beds before pushing them back.
  • Tame static hair. If you are prone to frizz or static hair, put a tiny amount of conditioner on your palms, rub them together and lightly smooth them over your hair. It will keep flyaways at bay and provide a gorgeous scent.
  • DIY detangler. Get an empty spray bottle, fill with water and a dash of conditioner and shake well. Spritz over wet hair to avoid knotty nightmares.
  • Fix stubborn zippers. Conditioner is a lubricant so if you have a stiff zipper, rub a little on either side of the zip to get it going again.
  • Shaving cream. Conditioner is a great alternative to shaving cream as it gives you a close shave and moisturises at the same time. Some women find it leaves their skin less irritated than soap too.


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