Bionic-onomics: Yet another way to use up icky shampoo

by Bionic Beauty on 02.Mar.2010 · 10 comments

Beauty, makeup and skincare tips from the Bionic Beauty blog
There are a gazillion-and-one ways to use up your leftover shampoo, but here’s another that I have been doing for years and somehow never thought to mention it.

Use up that shampoo or body wash by using them to hand wash your delicate clothing items in the sink! Squirt a bit in, run the tap, and drop in the sweater, rhinestoned-T, unmentionables, or whatever it is you consider too precious for the washing machine.

They come out smelling wonderful and you’re not having to throw away some product that doesn’t work for you!


1 Josie March 2, 2010 at 2:08 pm

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2 Bionic Beauty March 8, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Thank you SOOOO much Josie!! I’m going to draw up my list of 12 Sunshine Awards winners today and I’ll post them up. Thanks again girl, you ROCK!!
Hugs to you,

3 Tashi March 2, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Great idea, Jami. I swear I have a bottle of Woolite…… somewhere. LOL But I may just end up using some inexpensive or unwanted shampoo in the interim. Thanks for the tip, chica!

4 Bionic Beauty March 8, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Plus my Woolite is always out in the laundry area… and I always seem to do my hand-washables in the bathroom sink. So the shampoo is even closer… steps saved, are steps earned. ha ha!

5 The Cheap Chick March 3, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Brilliant! I love this tip 🙂 I also thin it out with water and use it in my foaming soap dispenser.

6 Bionic Beauty March 8, 2010 at 12:42 pm

I do that too!!! I also use body washes in my hand soap dispensers. Or free samples that I end up not using as shampoos or body washes, etc. There’s always a freebie from Wally World laying around my bathroom… 😉

7 Sara March 8, 2010 at 1:40 pm

I use my shampoo to clean my makeup brushes. It keeps them nice and soft and does a pretty decent job of getting the old makeup off. I have noticed it takes a little bit longer to get them clean than when I used my brush cleaner, but it’s a whole lot cheaper!

8 Tashi March 8, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Shampoo for cleaning makeup brushes=great idea! I’ve been doing that for years. I like the idea of keeping an eye out for freebies, especially for cleaning makeup brushes, etc., and for soap dispensers. I wonder if baby shampoos would work in a soap dispenser, or if they’d be good for makeup brushes, etc. Hmmm…

9 Bionic Beauty March 8, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Tashi, Baby shampoos are GREAT for your makeup brushes! They may not suds as well since they are sulfate-free, but they are uber gentle.

And thanks for the great contribution Sara!!

Another idea for your freebies or items you don’t use is to donate them to a local women’s shelter. I usually take over 2-3 bags at the beginning of December each year. It’s a great way for the women to have a holiday pick-me-up.

10 Tashi March 8, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Cool, thanks. 🙂 Sudsing up doesn’t appear to be important, regardless of what/who the shampoos are used on, as long as they cleanse adequately (so I first heard when I discovered Wen on QVC. Haven’t bought it — too expensive for my budget.). The contributions to women’s shelters sounds awesome! Now, WHY haven’t I ever done that? I need to remember that one. It’s amazing how much we can brighten someone’s day, with even such a “simple” item such as a freebie. I once gave a woman at a thrift store a coupon I didn’t want (I left the store without buying anyting. Shocker! LOL). I later found out from a cashier that I really made that woman’s day, she was so grateful. I was very humbled, to say the least. I can only imagine what free shampoos and such would do for folks in a women’s shelter. 😀

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