Shaving cream contains many of the same active ingredients found in bar or liquid soap —surfactants, emulsifiers, and cleaning agents. It is essentially a can of ready-to-use whipped soap. So, if you need to clean your hands or wipe down a bathroom sink, it can be used as a substitute.
The internet has exploded with cleaning hacks using shaving cream instead of other cleaners. If you decide to give some of the tips a try, stick to the most inexpensive and basic foaming shaving creams — no gels or added moisturizers and colors. These ingredients can leave stains if using shaving cream to clean porous surfaces.
If you're out of your regular cleaning products, give shaving cream a try for these 7 tips. You may just want to add it to your cleaning supplies.
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Clean Grime From Painted Walls and Trim
Painted walls and around door knobs and light switches can quickly become grimy from our hands. Because shaving cream contains so little water, it is a good choice for quick clean-ups with no drips onto cleaner areas of the wall. It also works great on painted kitchen cabinets.
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- Dampen a microfiber cloth with water and wring until it is not dripping.
- Spray a small dollop of shaving cream onto the cloth.
- Gently scrub away the smudges and dirt.
- Use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe away any residue.
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Remove Laundry Stains
Shaving cream can be handy to treat stains on washable clothing.
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- For spills, blot the stain with a paper towel to remove as much moisture as possible.
- Lift any solids away from the fabric with a dull knife or spoon. Never rub a stain because it pushes it deeper into the fibers and makes it more difficult to remove.
- Dampen the stained area with water
- Work a dab of shaving cream into the fabric with your fingers.
- Flush the area with cold water, or wipe it with a white cloth dipped in cold water. Always use a white cloth or paper towel to prevent any color transfer from one fabric to the other.
- Finally, blot the area with a dry white cloth or paper towel if you are wearing the garment, or add it to your regular load of laundry.
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Prevent Bathroom Mirror Fogging
Jill Nystul of One Good Thing by Jillee recommends using shaving cream to prevent a bathroom mirror from fogging after your shower.
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- Spray some shaving cream on a clean microfiber cloth.
- Use the cloth to apply a thin layer of shaving cream to the mirror.
- Do not rinse.
- Use a second, clean, dry microfiber cloth to buff away the foam.
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Shine Stainless Steel
Stainless steel sinks and appliances are durable but can develop streaks and water spots. Shaving cream can make stainless steel shiny again.
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- Dampen a microfiber cloth and wring until it is not dripping.
- Use the damp cloth to rub shaving cream on the stainless surface.
- Use a second, clean microfiber cloth to remove the residue and buff the surface to a shine.
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Shine Chrome Fixtures
Many bathroom and kitchen faucets and fixtures are made from chrome. Shaving cream can help restore the shine.
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- Spray some shaving cream onto a damp microfiber cloth.
- Wipe the fixtures to remove soap scum and water spots.
- Use a dry microfiber cloth to buff the fixtures to a shine.
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Clean the Bathtub or Shower Floor
Lynsey Crombie, the self-proclaimed The Queen of Clean, offers this shaving cream and broom bathtub cleaning hack to save your back.
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- Spray shaving cream liberally over the end of a broom's bristles.
- Scrub the tub.
- Rinse well.
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Clean a Microfiber Couch
If your microfiber couch has a care tag that says it can be cleaned with a water-based cleaner, you can use shaving cream for spot-cleaning or overall cleaning.
- Start by vacuuming the couch to remove loose dust and soil.
- Spray a small amount of shaving cream on a damp microfiber cloth or sponge.
- Start at the top of a cushion or the couch back or arms, and evenly spread the shaving cream and scrub well.
- Once an area has been cleaned, slightly dampen a microfiber cleaning cloth with plain water and wipe down the area.
- Repeat the steps until the couch is clean.
- Allow the fabric to air-dry completely.