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12 lesser-known uses for hair conditioner!

If you’ve gone a bit overboard bulk buying hair conditioner, if you’ve changed brands, or if it’s simply past its use-by date, here are some things you can use it for instead.

January 30, 2024


Shoes looking a little sad and scuffed? Use a small amount of conditioner to polish and shine them up, leaving them looking refreshed and new (please don’t use this method on suede or fabric shoes).

Leather TLC

Revitalise dry or cracked leather goods like bags, wallets, or belts by massaging a bit of conditioner into the material. It'll bring back that supple feel.

Zipper fix

Stuck zipper on your favourite jacket or bag? Apply a dab of conditioner to the zipper teeth to help it glide smoothly.

Paintbrush pampering

Keep your paintbrushes in tip-top shape by applying conditioner to the bristles. It helps to soften and preserve them, making your next masterpiece or craft project even smoother.

Rust repellent

Prevent rust on garden tools by giving them a light coat of conditioner after cleaning. It acts as a protective barrier against the elements.

Silence squeaks!

Bring back the peace and quiet by applying conditioner to squeaky door hinges. No more annoying noises!

DIY drawer freshener

Create your own sweet-scented drawer sachets by placing a cotton ball with a few drops of conditioner inside. Your clothes will thank you for the extra touch of freshness!

Fabric softener

Make your own fabric softener

Remove sticking plasters

Wipe a liberal amount around the edges of your plaster to loosen the adhesive grip. Yank off with remarkably less pain!

Unshrink a sweater

If you accidentally toss your wool sweater in the dryer, fill a sink with warm water, add a tablespoon of hair conditioner, and allow it to soak for several hours. Then, squeeze the excess water out; lay the sweater on a flat surface, and gently stretch it back to its original size.

Kids activity

Make cloud dough


Conditioner can also help with the banishment of headlice!

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