20 Genius Uses for Hair Conditioner (Outside of the Shower)

You're gonna want to stock up.

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Take off makeup


Why buy expensive makeup removers when a perfectly good substitute sits in your shower stall? Hair conditioner quickly and easily removes makeup for much less money than name-brand makeup removers. (You can also use coconut oil to get rid of makeup.)

Unstick a ring


Grandma’s antique ring just got stuck on your middle finger. Now what? Grab a bottle of hair conditioner and slick down the finger. The ring should slide right off. (Or try this ring removal trick from a survival medicine doctor!)

Lubricate a zipper


You’re racing out the door, throwing on your jacket, and dang! Your zipper’s stuck, so you yank and pull until it finally zips up. A dab of hair conditioner rubbed along the zipper teeth can help you avoid this bother next time. (Related: Here are brilliant tricks for all your little wardrobe malfunctions.)

Smooth shave-irritated legs


After you shave your legs, they may feel rough and irritated. Rub on hair conditioner; it acts like a lotion and can soothe the hurt away. (Psst: Here are 7 ways you might be shaving your legs all wrong.)

Smooth-sliding shower curtain


Tired of yanking on the shower curtain? Instead of closing smoothly, does it stutter along the curtain rod, letting the shower spray water onto the floor? Rub the rod with hair conditioner, and the curtain will glide across it.

Prevent rust on tools

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Every good do-it-yourselfer knows how important it is to take care of the tools in your toolbox. One way to condition them and keep rust from invading is to rub them down with hair conditioner.

Clean and shine your houseplants


Do your houseplants need a good dusting? Put a bit of hair conditioner on a soft cloth and rub the plant leaves to remove dust and shine the leaves.

Shine stainless steel


Forget expensive stainless steel polishers. Apply hair conditioner to your faucets, golf clubs, chrome fixtures, or anything else that needs a shine. Rub it off with a soft cloth, and you’ll be impressed with the gleam. Speaking of polishing, here's how to polish silver using conditioner (and 12 other common household objects).

Clean silk garments


Do you dare to ignore that “dry clean” label in your silk shirt? Here’s a low-cost alternative to sending it out. Fill the sink with water (warm water for whites and cold water for colors). Add a tablespoon of hair conditioner. Immerse the shirt in the water and let it sit for a few minutes. Then pull it out, rinse, and hang it up to dry. The conditioner keeps the shirt feeling silky smooth. (Here are other ways you could dry clean your own clothes.)

Handwash lingerie

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You can also use hair conditioner to wash your lingerie and other delicates. Sometimes we can be worried about them tearing or shrinking in the wash. Simply do the same as you would with a silk article of clothing. It’ll make washing your undergarments that much easier.

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