- Arts and Design
Creative Uses for Free Stuff
Hello, My Name is Danielle and I am a Pack Rat
I simply cannot turn down free stuff. Come on, it's free! They are just giving it away, how am I supposed to say no? I can't. At the same time I hate clutter. I move a lot so what to do with all the random free stuff I collect? There is actually a lot of great ways to use those free (way too big) t-shirts, hotel shampoo, conditioner, body wash and shower caps that find their way into my home.
The best (by that I mean easiest!) way to get rid of random freebies is to donate them to homeless shelters, women's shelters or non profit organizations. I assume most people have figured this out, but I had to include donation! I do not recommend donating to for profit/independently owned thrift shops or Goodwill because they tend to charge ridiculous prices for donated goods. But that is just my opinion!
Shampoo and Conditioner Uses
Every time I travel, I always take the shampoo bottles from the hotels home. (Yes, I even stash the daily bottles so the hotel will replace them.....) Here are a few ways to use up that stash of shampoo.
- Save for a rainy day. Forgot to buy shampoo? Time to break out the hotel shampoo! (or carry with you the next time you travel)
- Clean a dirty hair brush. Douse your brush in cheap shampoo and soak in hot water. Rinse and repeat until your brush is like new!
- Mix with hair dye to freshen up your hair color. A few drops of your preferred hair dye helps liven up your color. Shampoo and rinse like you normally would.
- Work shampoo into fabric to help pretreat stains before machine washing.
- Ran out of shaving cream? Use conditioner instead. It will moisturize your skin and prevent cuts
- Use great smelling shampoo as a bubble bath in a pinch
- Use shampoo to wash your car.
Shower Cap Uses
Apparently people still use shower caps. So much so they are still included in hotel toilitery kits. Here are a few ways to make use of them!
- Use in shower to keep hair dry...oh, wait...CREATIVE USES.
- Use to cover hair if you dye at home. A shower cap will prevent the dye from getting on your clothes and hold in body heat which helps color set.
- Cover casserole dishes to travel or in the fridge. (the little elastic bands work great on any size).
- In the winter, use them to protect small plants from the frost.
- Place over a paint pallet to keep paint from drying out.
- Loosely cover spaghetti sauce or soup in the microwave to prevent splattering.
- Use on one each foot as shoe covers to protect shoes or floors from dirt.
I am a crafter at heart, so I have a million uses for too big t-shirts. Here is just a few.
- Cut off the sleeves and neck of the t-shirt, then stitch the waist shut to make a quick reusable grocery bag.
- Use old t-shirts you love and cannot part with to make a quilt. No experience necessary. Use cardboard to make a square stencil, stitch all the squares together and use an old sheet as a backing.
- Cut up too large t-shirts to make cute tops or skirts. Look up "t-shirt surgery" online. (I have another hub in the works on this one!)
- Cut shirts into strips then braid together. Stitch a bunch of braids into a bath rug. (Again, I'll have tutorial for this very soon!)
- Cut into large squares to use as rags.
- Cut into thin strips (about an inch) braid and add a bit of elastic to make a cute head band.
- Upcycle into yarn for knitting or crocheting.
How do you use freebies?
Waste not, want not, right? What creative tips do you have to use up freebies? I would love to hear them!