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Excess Body Wash

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Excess Body Wash

I receive a lot of body wash mostly during holidays and for my birthday. Unfortunately, I do not use body wash on a regular basis. I am loyal to a particular bar soap. I was wondering if there are any other uses for the many body washes that I have stored in my bathroom? I would like to make use of it around the house if possible. I have already regifted some of it. Do you have suggestions?
Tonya in NC

Use as Hand Soap

I use extra body wash for hand soap. I just squeeze it into an empty dispenser. It comes in handy when I have company over, as most body washes have wonderful smells and leave your skin soft.

Give Excess Body Wash to Nursing Home

Put together a little basket with the body washes and donate them to a nursing home.

Use a Quick Touch-Up

I use a little each morning in my toilet as I "swish and wipe" every morning. Any body wash or detergent that I have opened and cannot donate I use in my toilet and sink. It only takes a few drops. It smells good, and it cleans. After all, it is soap. I got this idea from "Flylady."

Clean Shower All the Time

I use body wash and shampoo that I don't like (but don't want to throw away) to clean my shower while I'm in it. After I shampoo and bathe, I use a scrunchie that I keep in the shower just for cleaning. I squirt the body wash or shampoo onto it and then start wiping the shower down. It takes all of about three minutes to do this, and I usually do it while the conditioner is on my hair. Then I spray down the shower to rinse it off. My shower smells wonderful and is clean and shiny. I have been doing this for 10 years about once a week, but I did it more often when our children were living at home and four of us were using the shower. I haven't had a buildup of soap scum since I started doing this. My shower is literally clean all the time.

Give Excess Body Wash to Homeless Shelter

Your local homeless shelter is always looking for things of this nature.
Brian in Anchorage

Use to Clean Hand Washables

I use the last drops of my body wash for hand washables. I also soak my combs/brushes in a water/body wash solution (also use the last bit of shampoo in the bottle this way, too). Cut a Bounty paper towel roll in half and make a water/body wash solution and soak the toweling in an old air-tight container. Use the moist Bounty sheets to freshen up your bathroom basins, toilet seat, etc. for quick touch-ups.

Creative Uses for Excess Body Wash

Here are some ideas for using up those unwanted bottles of excess body wash:

  • Use to hand wash delicates. It will be gentle and leave your clothing smelling nice.
  • Let your kids use it for blowing soap bubbles or in a fun bubble bath.
  • If someone you know is planning a wedding and will be doing the bottles of bubbles instead of rice or birdseed, offer the body wash for filling the tiny bubble bottles. It will be a nice scented surprise over plain soap.
  • Buy some small, empty travel bottles and fill with the various body washes and give as favors at a tween or teen girl's birthday party. Make fancy labels for them, and put a few assorted bottles in a small gift bag for each girl to take home.
  • Mix a little body wash into a spray bottle full of water and shake well to combine. Keep in the car with a roll of paper towels for those inevitable emergency hand and face cleanups or spot-cleaning small messes on clothing or the upholstery.


Household Uses for Excess Body Wash

There are lots of things you can do with body washes that you don't need. Try pouring some into your toilet bowl and swishing to clean it and make it smell good. Try cleaning your shower or tub with it instead of cleanser. Soap dissolves soap scum and leaves your tub smelling wonderful. Use it for dishes or in your laundry to make it smell nice. Why not wash your car with it? Or your patio furniture?

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