11 Clever Things To Do With Leftover Shampoo


Do you have random bottles of leftover shampoo just sitting in your bathroom cabinet with no idea what to do with them?

That is probably the case for a lot of us girls.

We buy a new wonderful shampoo only to find out that it doesn’t live up to all its promises. Or worse … it breaks out your scalp or face. That’s the pits.

Nothing sucks more than spending money on something that you’ll only use once or twice. Ugh!!

So, I’ve put together a list of things you can do with that leftover shampoo you’ll never wash you hair with again.

I have to admit some of these ideas are pretty clever.


You can refill your empty hand soap dispensers with leftover shampoo. It’s soap right? You can also add several drops of eucalyptus oil to make it antibacterial.


Mix some leftover shampoo with 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda and it can be used as a stain remover. The mixture will remove blood and is a great degreaser.


The next time you are in a pinch and run out of your regular detergent, grab a bottle of that leftover shampoo. Squirt a big hefty amount into the washer and use it as a make shift detergent. You can also use it to handwash your delicate laundry in the sink.


 Leftover shampoo can be used as a toilet cleaner too. I mean … soap is soap. If you have a stinky toilet, who cares what kind of soap it gets cleaned with as long as it smells better. Right?


Use a few drops of shampoo added to luke warm water to clean your make up brushes. Make a stronger mixture of shampoo to water ratio and soak your hairbrushes. If shampoo gets the product build up off of your hair, why wouldn’t it do the same for your brushes? You can also use that same shampoo-water mixture to clean paint brushes. It works great.


If you mix a few teaspoons of baking soda with some leftover shampoo, you can use it to clean and shine chrome. Rub a small amount over the chrome you want to clean. Make sure you rinse completely. Then buff with a soft cloth. Ta-Daa!!


Mix a 1:1 ratio of water and vinegar with a couple squirts of shampoo. Shake to mix well. Spray your entire tub and shower after each use to prevent mold, mildew, and soap scum.


For an impromptu body wash, mix 1 cup shampoo, 1/2 cup water, and 3 tablespoons Epsom salt. This works as an excellent exfoliate.


Shampoo can be used as a great swim google and scuba mask defogger. Make a 1:2 mixture of baby shampoo with water and put into a small spray bottle. Immediately prior to using the googles/ mask, spray thoroughly with the mixture. Give them a quick rinse and enjoy. It works fantastically!! (My husband and I use this mixture every time we go scuba diving instead of buying the super expensive mask defogger.)

So, there it girls… 11 things you can do with the leftover shampoo that is cluttering up your bathroom cabinet.

I told you that some of them were super clever…right?  I hope that you find these ideas helpful with getting that leftover shampoo used up so you can get that cabinet space back.

Do you have any additional tips or tricks to use up leftover shampoo that I didn’t mention here? Comment below and let us know about them.









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