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12 Surprising Uses for Hair Care Products

12 Surprising Uses for Hair Care Products

They keep your hair looking great, but did you know that shampoo, conditioner, and hair spray can work wonders outside of the shower? From soothing band-aid removal to de-shrinking your clothes, read on for ingenious ways to use hair products.

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Around the House.

1. Oil Nuts and Bolts. Shampoo is a terrific tool for  lubricating stubborn nuts and bolts. Apply a drop of shampoo and let it sit for a minute or two before working on them.

2. Clean the Bathroom. You don’t need to look far to clean build-up in the tub — shampoo will work just perfectly. Use it in place of your regular cleaner to tackle all the grime.

3. Clean Chrome. In your bathroom and on your car, a mixture of shampoo and baking soda works wonders on chrome. Combine into a paste and polish as you normally would.

4. Prevent Foggy Mirrors. Stop fogging up the mirrors in your bathroom by dabbing a little shampoo on them before you jump in the shower. This will also work to prevent  swim masks and goggles from fogging up.

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5. Soften Itchy Knits. Don’t suffer for fashion! Soften your itchy wool clothing with some hair conditioner. Soak your sweater in cold water before removing from the wash, gently pressing any excess liquid out until the garment is damp. Using your fingers, generously work hair conditioner into the wool and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Rinse off the conditioner, gently press dry again, and leave to fully dry for about 24 hours.

6. Un-Shrink Clothes. Accidentally shrunk your favorite t-shirt? All is not lost! Soak the t-shirt in hot water and a few squirts of hair conditioner for 5-10 minutes. Rinse and let dry fully.

7. Seal Shoe Polish. A good coat of hair spray over just-polished shoes will help preserve the polish.

8. Wash Delicates. Fill your sink up with water, add 1/2 teaspoon detergent and 2 teaspoons hair conditioner. Gently hand wash your lingerie and other delicates.

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More Ways to Use Hair Products.

9. Clean Brushes. Keep your brushes in tip-top shape with the help of a couple drops of shampoo. Work into the bristles and rinse well with lukewarm water. This will work on hair brushes, paint brushes, makeup brushes… you name it!

10. Wash Your Car. You can wash your hair with shampoo, so why not your car? Add 1/4 cup of shampoo in a bucket of soapy water to keep your car clean.

11. Prevent Painful Band-Aid Removal. Coating your band-aid with a little shampoo or conditioner will help ease the pain of removal.

12. Preserve Art. There are plenty of fixatives out there to preserve artwork. But here’s a dirty little secret: hairspray is pretty much the same thing. Make sure that your hairspray is the cheap-o kind, free of added oils.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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5:13PM PDT on May 24, 2015

Very weird suggestions.

11:52AM PDT on Mar 22, 2014

Very interesting , Thanks for sharing !! :)

3:48AM PST on Mar 2, 2014

This seems to be really interesting. So many different ways to use you professional hair care products in a different way

3:31PM PST on Feb 26, 2014


2:27PM PST on Feb 17, 2014

Cool, thanks.

7:06PM PST on Jan 22, 2014


6:38AM PST on Jan 20, 2014

what a great idea about the shrinking clothes! Thank you!

1:30PM PST on Jan 17, 2014

Oh I love to use hair conditioner to shave under my arms and legs! Especially use the conditioner that uses argan oil or some other oil and you won't have to use as much lotion!

9:58AM PST on Jan 17, 2014

some great ideas and a good way to use up those little bits of shampoo and conditioner! Thx.

9:31PM PST on Jan 13, 2014

only hairspray in my house is for crafts (sealing shrink to fit tubing most recently

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