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Helpful Uses for Your Hair Conditioner

 Some of us use conditioner only twice or three times each week, so what do we really need it for? Here are some unconventional uses for the common hair product that could take care of a number of your household needs!

1. DIY dry cleaning for silk clothing

Add about a tablespoon of conditioner to a sink filled with room temperature water and place the piece of clothing in it. Keep the garments submerged for a few minutes, rinse and hang to dry.


2. Use it to wash lingerie and other delicate items

Hand wash your fancy underwear with just a bit of conditioner in room temperature water. Wring out the water and air dry.


3. Protect leather shoes from the snow

The time of year to bring out your leather boots is upon us. To protect them from the snow, ensure that they are completely dry then apply a small amount of conditioner. Work it into the leather well with an old rag.


4. Remove eye makeup

Ever need to get rid of your make-up, but can't find what you need to help you do so? Use a cotton ball, a swab or a wad of toilet paper with a dollop of conditioner to get rid of your makeup.


5. Soften makeup and paint brushes

To keep your bristles flexible and not so stabby, apply a bit of conditioner when they are a bit wet.


6. Use it as a cuticle cream

Your favorite conditioner can also be used as an effective cuticle cream during the winter months when your hands need it most. Smear some over your cuticles to soften them before pushing them back.


7. Tame hair that looks static

If you experience static from heaters or other dry sources of air, rub some conditioner between your palms and smooth over your hair. Be sure to use just a little bit though, as it could cause your hair to become greasy.


8. Smooth out frizzy hair

Similarly, conditioner is also great to use to fight off the frizz - which can get particularly out of hand when humidity is high. 




9. De-tangle your hair

This is perhaps one of the most traditional uses for conditioner. Add the conditioner to water and put it in a spray bottle (calculate about 1:9 conditioner to water). Shake well until mixed and spritz over the hair. Then, use a comb to gently get rid of the tangles from the roots down.


10. Use it as a fabric softener

If you are about to do a load of laundry, but realize that you have run out of fabric softener, add conditioner to your laundry instead for a similar effect. The conditioner will make the laundry smooth and keep it smelling great! (Make sure that you use a conditioner that is not color-based so it doesn't run).


11. Attempt to rescue shrunken sweaters

When you've accidently dried your favorite sweater on high heat, it seems that there's no going back. However, if you mix about a tablespoon of conditioner into a bucket of water, and then let the sweater submerge inside the bucket, you may be able to stretch it back to its original size (no guarantees).


12. Prevent rusting

If you want to prevent metals from rusting, apply a thin layer of conditioner to the items to keep them rust and Tetanus free. This trick can also be used on appliances like faucets as well.


13. Unclog the drain

No need to go out and buy that expensive drain cleaner, because conditioner works just as well! Just pour a bit down a clogged drain, run hot water over it, and hopefully it will dislodge the blockage.


14. Make your bath, moisturizing

If you want to moisturize while sitting in the tub, rub about a quarter-sized amount of conditioner on your hands under the bathwater. This will keep your skin smooth just like bath oil against harsh winter dryness.


15. Get your stainless steel looking like new

If you have stainless steel appliances at home, conditioner is a great way to keep them shiny. Apply a small amount on the surface of the appliance and buff it in with an old rag until it appears shiny.


16. Remove rings that are stuck

Instead of pushing and pulling to get that ring off, try applying some conditioner to the base of your finger and as close to the ring as possible. Then, gently remove the ring from your finger.


17. Silence squeaky doors

When a door hinge in your house is squeaking, apply a good amount of conditioner to the area and rub it in well.


18. Use it as a shaving cream

You may have heard of this use before. Using conditioner as a shaving cream is actually better for your skin than the average shaving cream! This is because unlike most shaving creams that tend to be made up for a lot of chemicals, conditioner moisturizes your skin while you shave. This will leave your skin feeling silky smooth and just like new!

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