Have lots of hair conditioner that you got free with coupons, or just a bottle that you didn't like? Put your excess to work with these alternative uses.
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Replace store-bought dryer sheets with your own homemade version. Just fill a spray bottle with one part water and one part conditioner, and shake to combine. Then, label the bottle, and store it with the rest of your laundry products. To use: simply spray some on a washcloth, and toss it in the dryer with your clothes. Easy and affordable.
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Stainless Steel Polish
Tired of forking over big bucks for stainless steel cleaner? Use hair conditioner to eliminate those fingerprints and smudges on your appliances instead. Just apply a dab to a clean cloth, and rub it into the surface of your appliances. Then, buff with a second cloth to remove any excess.
Note: As with any new cleaner, it's best to test it in an inconspicuous area first.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Unshrink a Sweater
If you accidentally toss your wool sweater in the dryer, fill a sink with warm water, add a tablespoon of hair conditioner, and allow it to soak for several hours. Then, squeeze the excess water out; lay the sweater on a flat surface, and gently stretch it back to its original size (use another sweater as a reference). Note that this will only work if the sweater hasn't been felted by the heat.
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Unclog a Drain
Cure small clogs by squirting some hair conditioner in the drain, and following up with some hot water. The conditioner will act as a lubricant to help get the drain moving again.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Remove Stickers, Bandages and Temporary Tattoos
If you don't have any rubbing alcohol on hand, grab a bottle of conditioner the next time you have a sticker, adhesive bandage or temporary tattoo that you want to get rid of without a lot of pain or scrubbing.