When we wash our hair, a helping of conditioner can make all the difference by adding a nice shine to it. But did you know that the product could be utilized for various other purposes around the house? On that note, we’ve compiled a list that details 40 of those incredible uses.
40. Unshrink Your Clothes
Should you throw the wrong item of clothing into the dry cleaner, there’s a good chance that it might shrink. However, certain garments can be fixed with a bit of hair conditioner. As per The Spruce website, you can pull woollen garments back into shape after placing them in hot water with a spoonful of the aforementioned product.
39. Removing Plasters
While plasters and bandages serve an important purpose, it isn’t always easy to take them off. In fact, it can be downright painful if the sticky coating takes a liking to your skin. But according to The Spruce, a dash of hair conditioner could eliminate the issue when the time comes.
38. Strengthen Your Brushes
Unsurprisingly, brush bristles become a lot weaker after you’ve used them for a prolonged period of time. Instead of throwing the items out with the trash, though, they can be fixed with some hair conditioner. The Home Hacks website suggests that the bathroom product will make your brushes more robust going forward.
37. Polishing Stainless Steel
If you’re planning to polish the stainless steel areas in your kitchen, here’s something to keep in mind. As YouTuber Zabrena explains in one of her videos, “To shine up your stainless steel appliances, take a little bit of conditioner on to a washcloth, and use this to buff up the [area]. This will help to remove fingerprints and bring your stainless steel back to its shining glory.”
36. Washing Underwear
Due to the flimsy materials that are often involved, underwear isn’t the easiest thing to wash at home. However, Home Hacks has a solution for those of you who continue to struggle. The website suggests that hair conditioner can become a “soft soap” when mixed with water, so you can bathe the undergarments by hand. Once you’re done, they should feel incredibly smooth to the touch.
35. Magic Snow
It could be argued that snow is more trouble than it’s worth, as it can wreak havoc in large quantities. But according to the It’s A Mother Thing website, you can fabricate “magic snow” for kids to enjoy without calling upon a blizzard. All you need to do is mix a bit of conditioner and baking soda together.
34. Freshen Up Your Sheets
Following a long day, there’s no better feeling than diving into a bed with fresh sheets. But if you’re unable to wash the material regularly, Zabrena has a solution in her YouTube video. She says, “Squeeze a dab of conditioner into a spray bottle filled with water, shake it up and spritz this onto your sheets.”
33. Dry Cleaning Softener
It isn’t always easy to dry clean delicate items such as silk at home, and Zabrena offers up a suggestion on YouTube. She explains, “Take a washcloth, dampen it with [hair] conditioner and then throw it into the drier with your clothing and linens. This will help to soften up your fabrics.”
32. Wash Detergent
If you find that the washing machine is doing more harm than good to certain garments, it might be an idea to look for an alternative. A sink full of hot water and hair conditioner should do the trick, with the latter standing in for the detergent. The Spruce reports that clothing such as hosiery can really benefit from this method.
31. Polishing Leather Shoes
It requires a bit of work to maintain leather shoes, as the material loses its gloss after a time. Standard shoe polish should keep them buffed up, but hair conditioner is just as helpful in that regard. As per Home Hacks, you can apply the product with a delicate cloth before putting them on for the day.
30. Cleaning Jewelry
Much like any other item in the house, jewelry can accumulate plenty of dirt if you’re not too careful. And for those of you who are really struggling to get rid of that grime, Home Hacks has a suggestion. As it turns out, hair conditioner is perfect for buffing up your rings and necklaces.
29. Soothing Your Feet
Dry skin can be difficult to deal with at the best of times, but it’s particularly problematic when it affects your feet. At that stage, fissures often begin to form around the sole. As painful as that is, though, a bit of hair conditioner might help. Home Hacks noted that you should apply it to the area before you go to bed, and then wash it off in the morning.
28. Soften Yarn
For some people, knitting is a relaxing hobby that can save them money in the winter. After all, if you’re able to create a sweater or a scarf yourself, why would you go out and buy one? Yet despite that advantage, the yarn can sometimes be a little too rough for both the knitters and the wearers. Home Hacks reports that hair conditioner could solve that problem, as it smoothes the material.
27. DIY Manicure
If you’re in desperate need of a manicure, you could complete the job at home by yourself. As Zabrena explains in her YouTube video, “You can use hair conditioner to soften your cuticles. Take a little bit of [the product], smooth it into your cuticles, allow it to sit there and soften them up. And then you can push them back very easily.”
26. Preventing Rust
Depending on where you keep them in the house, certain metal utensils can start to pick up rust after a time. But the problem could be averted with a dash of hair conditioner, according to BuzzFeed. It claims that a “thin layer” should stave off the nasty-looking discoloration.
25. Bath Soap
Outside of the shower, hair conditioner can serve another purpose in the bathroom. “Something that you can do to bring moisture back into your skin is add conditioner in with your bathwater,” Zabrena reveals. “It’s just like bath oil, and it helps keep skin smooth during the winter’s harsh dryness.”
24. Unclogging Drains
Over a prolonged period, your drains will accumulate plenty of gunk from the sink and bathroom plugs. Thankfully, certain blockages can be removed without the aid of a plumber. As per The Spruce, a bit of warm water and hair conditioner should do the trick, with the product serving as a makeshift “lubricant” inside the pipes.
23. Removing Rings
If you’ve been wearing a ring for quite a while, there’s a good chance that you’ll struggle to take it off. Unsurprisingly, that can be a very difficult process and cause plenty of discomfort. But according to the Boredom Therapy website, hair conditioner could loosen lodged jewelry quickly, thus freeing your finger.
22. Anti-Wrinkle Spray
It can be a trying process to get rid of all the wrinkles from your clothes without the aid of an iron. But a simple mixture could get the job done. Home Hacks reports that a solution composed of hair conditioner, vinegar and water can be placed inside a spray container. From there, a quick spritz should smooth out the garments.
21. Cleaning Shower Curtain Rods
If you own a shower curtain, you’ll already know that the rod can be quite problematic after a while. Indeed, when the surface becomes dirty, the shutter itself doesn’t close properly, allowing water to get out. According to the Reader’s Digest website, though, conditioner could be the perfect tool to clean it with.
20. Body Scrub
Like most beauty products on the market today, body scrub varies greatly in price. But if you want to save a bit of cash, you could create your own with some hair conditioner. As per Home Hacks, you just need to combine it with a touch of lemon extract and two tablespoons of brown sugar.
19. Removing Pan Grease
Cooking can be an enjoyable activity for the most part, but few people look forward to the aftermath. Indeed, frying pans are a nightmare to wash up, as the residue seems to cling to the surface. Home Hacks reports that a squirt of hair conditioner might be the answer when all else fails.
18. Air Freshener
Even if you keep your house tidy throughout the week, certain rooms can develop an unpleasant smell. In most cases, the odor comes from the materials in the space, so it can be fixed. Boredom Therapy claims that a combination of hair conditioner and water in a spray bottle should freshen everything up in no time.
17. Removing Temporary Tattoos
During our younger years, some of us thought temporary tattoos were incredibly cool, as they made us feel more like adults. Removing them could prove to be a challenge, though, with the transfer sticking to our skin long after they were first applied. The Spruce reports that hair conditioner could wipe the designs away once and for all.
16. Makeup Remover
At the end of a long day, women usually take their makeup off before heading to bed. There are obviously specialist items for that particular task, of course, yet hair conditioner is a worthwhile substitute. As per Boredom Therapy, you just need to apply the liquid to a flannel and rub your face.
15. Freshen Up Your Towels
When towels are constantly used at home, they begin to develop a damp scent. However, Zabrena believes that the problem can be solved with a mixture of water and hair conditioner. In her YouTube video, she explains, “You can [spray] your towels. Let them air dry and enjoy that fresh smell!”
14. Silencing Squeaky Doors
Around the house, you’d be hard-pressed to name a more annoying sound than that of a noisy door hinge. But instead of turning to the usual products to fix it, you might want to consider utilizing some hair conditioner. As well as giving off a nicer scent, BuzzFeed reports that it should eliminate the sound as well.
13. Cleaning Bathroom Tiles
It could be argued that the bathroom is the trickiest space to clean in the entire house. To make your life easier, though, a user on the ThriftyFun website named Jeanette had a suggestion. She wrote, “Use hair conditioner to clean your bathroom tiles, or the fiber glass type. [It] removes soap scum.”
12. Protect Against Chlorine Damage
While swimming pools can be a lot of fun during the summer months, the chlorine in the water is always a potential problem. The chemical can wreak havoc with people’s hair, but conditioner could prevent that. Home Hacks has revealed that you might be able to shield your follicles by dabbing the ends with the aforementioned product.
11. Removing Sticky Marks
If you have young children, there’s a good chance your house will be filled with a fair share of stickers. It might not be an issue at first, but when the time comes to finally remove them, they could leave a mark behind. According to The Spruce, a helping of hair conditioner should clear that away.
10. Protecting Leather Boots
When you walk through snow, your shoes will inevitably pick up some salt as well. That’s bad news if you just so happen to be wearing leather boots, as the latter can stain the material. BuzzFeed suggests that you can shield them with hair conditioner, so long as there’s no moisture on the surface when you put it on.
9. Soothing Razor Burns
We all have our own grooming routines at home and choose what works best for us. On that note, some women opt out of using shaving gel when tending to their legs, even though the blade can leave behind a “burn.” To ease the discomfort, Home Hacks reports that hair conditioner could act as a makeshift skin ointment.
8. Softening Pet Hair
If groomed properly, cats and dogs boast some lovely fur coats. However, there might come a time when their hair becomes rough to the touch, prompting their owners to search for a solution. Home Hacks suggests that certain brands of conditioner could fix the issue, so long as they’re definitely suitable for pets.
7. Freshen Up Your Clothes
After a certain amount of time, clothes can take on an unpleasant scent, especially if they haven’t been washed thoroughly in the first place. As it turns out, though, a dash of hair conditioner might be able to freshen the garments up. BuzzFeed noted that a heavily diluted concoction with water could be sprinkled over them.
6. Polishing Houseplants
After a while, houseplants will naturally lose the sheen that they boasted when you first bought them. That doesn’t mean that you should throw them out, though. Instead, Home Hacks claims that watered down hair conditioner might spruce up the flowers. If you massage the mixture into the leaves, they should appear as good as new.
5. Cleaning Makeup Brushes
Given how frequently makeup brushes are used, they can accumulate a lot of muck over time. To rid the tools of all that grime, Boredom Therapy recommends pulling out some hair conditioner. The website claims that the product can remove the mess and make them look as good as new.
4. Facial Moisturizer
Back in December 2012, a reddit user known as thecavernrocks shared an intriguing post on the Male Grooming subreddit. He wrote, “I ran out of moisturizer so I looked around my bathroom, and ended up putting hair conditioner on my face. It took longer to soak in, but my face has never felt so soft.”
3. Loosening Stuck Zips
Whether on a jacket or a pair of pants, stuck zippers can be absolutely infuriating. But surprisingly, hair conditioner could be the perfect tool to finally get them moving again. According to Home Hacks, you just need to apply a small amount to the fastener and your frustrations should end.
2. Polishing Car Paintwork
Due to varying conditions on the road, it’s not always easy to keep your car clean. But when the time comes to give the vehicle a spruce up, you might want to consider using some hair conditioner. As reported by The Family Handyman, it can act as a polish for the paintwork.
1. Shaving Cream
Before you grab your razor in the bathroom, you should probably listen to this suggestion from Zabrena on YouTube. She says, “If you run out of shaving cream, you can use hair conditioner in its place. It will give you the same silky smooth, skin nourishing benefits as your regular shaving cream.”