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When you have shampoo that you don't like to use on your hair, there are other ways to use this product. This guide contains uses for shampoo.


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January 27, 2010

Use leftover shampoo you no longer want to use for your hair, to wash your hand wash items. You can also use liquid hair conditioners as a laundry softener to remove any static cling once your clothes are dried.

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January 17, 2017

If you think you don't have a budget yet to buy a car shampoo, there's another way to make your car shine without spending too much. You can use your shampoo, my shampoo, and their shampoos! It would make your car shine and it won't minimize paint to lessen the color. It's a friendly shampoo to your car.

If you have a selection of shampoo samples at your home, any hair shampoos will do. Pour the shampoo in a bucket of water and your ready to wash your car! The hair shampoo is very friendly to your car, especially the paint.

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February 2, 20170 found this helpful

Care for your wool items at home instead of paying for expensive dry cleaning. This is a guide about using shampoo to wash wool.

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By 2 found this helpful
January 25, 2010

Does anyone have any ideas of what to do with old shampoo and conditioner? I hate to just throw it out.

By Des from Canaan, ME


January 25, 20100 found this helpful

Use the conditioner for shaving! Works great!

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January 25, 20100 found this helpful

Water down the shampoo and use it as liquid hand soap. Use an empty bottle you already have. Old shampoo is good for doing hand laundry like lingerie.

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January 25, 20100 found this helpful

I dilute cheap and/or old shampoo and put some in my toilet brush holder. Then when I clean my toilet, I tap the brush on the side of the holder and swish my toilet bowl. Clean in a second and smells great!

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January 25, 20100 found this helpful

Ditto on the shampoo suggestions below. If you have a pump from a store bought hand soap that is a foaming hand soap and then fill it with only an inch or so of shampoo and then add water it works great and last forever.


I have also used older shampoo with a bath poof as a body shower gel type soap. I used up a shampoo that was too stinky for me as a toilet bowl cleaner.

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January 26, 20100 found this helpful

Wow I just tried the toilet bowl trick. It works great, thanks so much :)

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January 27, 20100 found this helpful

I've used shampoo for scrubbing my tub with (a a scrub brush, I mean), as a body wash, and as bubble bath. Also, I've heard it kills 99% of bacteria.

Conditioner works great as an alternative to shaving cream for legs. It goes on smooth, you can see more where the hair is still left during shaving (better than through thick shaving cream foam), and your legs are ultra soft and moisturized from the conditioner.

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January 28, 20100 found this helpful

I use conditioner as a leave in spray type conditioner. I didn't like the way it left my hair using it in the shower so I put a 1/4 of it in a spray bottle and filled it with water.


Just shake before using and spray hair. I was paying 4$ for spray conditioner,now it's just pennies.

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January 28, 20100 found this helpful

Use them to wash and condition your makeup brushes.

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January 28, 20100 found this helpful

I've heard shampoo can be used for getting out ring around the collar in laundry, and maybe other oil-based stains stains.

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January 31, 20100 found this helpful

Wool and cashmere sweater will be really soft and fluffy if you use the shampoo to wash and the conditioner in the 1st rinse.

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August 29, 2012

I need some advice please. I have 6 large bottles of Denorex extra strength anti dandruff shampoo, purchased on a half price offer, and a moment of madness on my part! The problem is, everybody in the family hates the stuff and Ii was wondering if it can be used for other things?


I tried to use it as a bathroom cleaner and it literally peeled the skin off my hands and stung pretty badly. It must be strong stuff.
Please, any suggestions for alternative uses before I toss the whole lot away?

By cettina from Malta, Europe


September 5, 20120 found this helpful

Depending on how long you've had them and where you bought them, you may try returning them for a refund. Other than that if you don't get another suggestion here try your local freecycle group. I'm sure someone would take them off your hands.

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January 6, 20140 found this helpful

How about donating them to your local homeless shelter? I am sure they could use it.

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January 26, 20100 found this helpful

I recently purchased some hair shampoo which did not agree with my hair. I ended up putting it into a used hand wash dispenser bottle. Seems to be working very good as a hand wash soap.


By Jackie from Adelaide. S.A.


Use Disagreeable Shampoo for Hand Wash

I use it to scrub my toilet. (05/23/2008)


Use Disagreeable Shampoo for Hand Wash

That's a great idea! I usually just struggle through it cause I can't stand to discard it, or I give to one of my boys! (05/23/2008)

By Judi

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