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Great Green Uses for Shampoo that You May Not Know About

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Most people have at least one bottle of shampoo in their bathroom. But did you know that you can do a lot more with the contents of a bottle of shampoo than just cleanse your luscious locks? With that in mind why not head down to your local dollar store, by one of those big bottles of generic shampoo and then keep it on hand to help in some of these common situations:

  • Shampoo makes a great alternative to expensive shaving gels and lotions. It lather wonderfully on the skin as well as on the hair and most shampoo brands are less drying than the soap based body washes that many women use to make shaving their legs easier.
  • Sometimes the pain that you have to go through to remove a band aid can be worse than you experienced when you originally picked up the injury it was put in place to help heal. Ease the process by letting a few drops of shampoo soak through the adhesive part of the bandage for a few minutes before you take it off. This should mean that it peel off without that cringe making pain and sticking.
  • Got kids? Diluted shampoo makes a brilliant substitute for store bought bubble liquid.
  • Shampoo can also be very useful as a laundry stain pre treatment. Rub a drop of shampoo into the stain, let it sit for a while then launder as usual. You will pleasantly surprised by just how effective it is.
  • Got a zipper stuck on your jeans or jacket? Put a dab of shampoo onto a q tip and dab onto the zipper. This should then allow the zip to go up and down with ease.
  • Shampoo is great for giving your car a bath as well. Diluted shampoo (add 1/4 cup shampoo to a pail of warm water) works wonders on even the grimiest body work and if you mix a bit of shampoo with baking soda to form a paste it is great for shining up the chrome bits as well.
  • Shampoo can also help your houseplants look their best. Simply add a few drops of shampoo into a bowl of water, dip a towel in the solution, wring it out, and wipe away all the dulling dust that has collected on your plant’s pretty leaves.
  • Donate a bottle of shampoo to Clean the World. This is an amazing organization that collects unwanted soaps and shampoos and then recycles it to give to those in countries where a simple lack of soap results in thousands of deaths from diarrheal disease and respiratory ailments every year.

The Path to Greener Beauty

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Going green does not have to be painful or expensive. In fact in many instances switching to a healthier and/or more eco-friendly solution or habit may in fact up saving you some of the other green stuff we all worry about – money.

Take for instance your beauty regime. There are many ways to make it greener, healthier and cheaper. Here are some of the best of them:

Skin Cleansing – Spending half a week’s wages on the latest chemical laced creams and potions in an attempt to keep the wrinkles at bay, or gain a clearer complexion, seems rather silly when you realize that Mother Nature has already created  some pretty great skin care products herself. You can replace that expensive designer cleanser with simple ingredients found in your own fridge.

For example, did you know that a cotton ball soaked in plain old milk (hot or cold) cleanses as well as anything you can buy in the store and is gentler on sensitive skin as well? Or that rose water is perhaps the best toner you can buy and at a fraction of the cost? For more alternative and environmentally friendly skincare solutions check out Tip the Planet’s Skin Care section.

Hair Care –  Good old Mother Nature has also done a pretty good job on the hair care front as well. Why spend money on that spray bleach that you put in your hair to lighten it in the sun? Plain lemon juice gets the job done just as well; simply comb it through your hair before you go out sunbathing. It costs a lot less and won’t damage your hair like the bleach will. That expensive hot oil treatment? Olive oil is even better and since the chances are that it is already sitting in your kitchen cupboard it saves you a trip to the store as well. Learn more about green, (well maybe not literally) healthy hair by visiting our Tips for Healthy Hair section.

Cosmetics – No one is telling you have to throw away your collections of eye shadows, blushes and lipsticks but there are some alternatives to many of these products that are better for you, your skin and the environment. A number of cosmetic companies are making an effort to take the harmful stuff out of their products (did you know that some nail polishes contain formaldehyde?)  so reading the ingredients before you buy is essential (to read  more visit our  Health and Beauty Hub)

By the way, don’t forget that the purpose of Tip the Planet is to create a green wiki full of shared knowledge and wisdom, so if you have tips of your own to add please take a few minutes to do so, it’s not hard.