Take a look in your bathroom vanity. Chances are -- especially if you've got young kids in the house -- there's a bottle of baby shampoo hidden in there somewhere, even if those kids aren't babies anymore. And if you don't, baby shampoo is inexpensive and easy to find, and often even turns up in thrift stores and garage sales.
That half-used bottle -- or an inexpensive new one -- is a soapy gold mine. Baby shampoo can be used for jobs around the house, as a stand-in for personal care products and for family fun, too. Here are some ideas:
Around the House
- Zipper stuck? Don't get annoyed. Instead, dip a q-tip in baby shampoo and rub it on the stuck spot. It'll lubricate the zipper and get things moving again.
- Groan. You've just discovered that you shrunk your favorite sweater in the wash. You can hand it down to your daughter, or you can try to resize it using a sinkful of water and some baby shampoo. Use it to wash your delicates, too!
- Some baby shampoos contain mineral oil, excellent for revitalizing leather shoes, coats and purses. Dab a little shampoo onto a soft cloth and rub the shampoo onto the leather, leaving it soft and gleaming.
- Take advantage of shampoo's natural grease-cutting properties. Mix it with a little baking soda and use it to clean your chrome faucets.
- Forced to cut your favorite beauty products from your budget? An inexpensive bottle of baby shampoo is a gentle, cheap and tear-free eye makeup remover. Put a drop on a damp cotton ball to remove makeup, then rinse.
- My preschooler complains more about the band-aid removal then she does about the scrape that came before it. Here's a tip: Rub a little baby shampoo on and around a sticky band-aid, let it soak in, then let 'er rip without tears.
- The next time you run out of shaving cream, don't reach for the drying soap. Instead, use a little baby shampoo on legs and underarms for a smooth and soft shave.
Fun for the Kids
- A Slip 'N Slide is an inexpensive way to have fun in your own backyard during the summer months, but the cheap plastic has been known to rip. Add a few drops of baby shampoo to the slide to make kids slip faster and reduce ripping. Bonus: It's tear-free.
- The next time you run out of bubble solution during an afternoon play date, try diluting baby shampoo with water instead of running to the store for more.
- Got a swimmer or a diver in the family? Fogging face masks are a pain when you're trying to have fun in the pool. Try rubbing a little shampoo on the lens, let it dry, then rinse for a fog-free swim.
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