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21 Insanely Helpful New Ways To Use Your Hair Conditioner

Hair conditioner: It's total wonder stuff. Finally, some ideas on how to disperse all those hotel-size samples.

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1. DIY dry clean your silk clothing.

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About a tablespoon of conditioner and a sink filled with room temperature water saves you a fat dry cleaning bill. Keep garments submerged for a few minutes, rinse and then hang to dry.

2. Wash lingerie and other delicates.

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Handwash your fancy (or not fancy) underbits with just a dollop. Do with your unmentionables as you do with your mentionables, as described above.

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5. Soften makeup and paint brushes.

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Keep bristles flexible and non-stabby (have mercy on your liquid liner ritual...and your kids' art class grades) by applying a little while wet or dry.

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9. Detangle.

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Add conditioner and water to a spray bottle (about 1:9, conditioner to water). Shake until mixed. Spritz and use a comb to gently work the tangles out from your roots down.

10. Freshen fabrics.

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Now you're tangle-free, turn the nozzle to various plush furniture, curtains or — eek! —actual clothing. The same spray adds a burst of clean smell to things that might not smell great otherwise.

12. Attempt to rescue a shrunken sweater.

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This isn't 100%, but it's a good shot at saving the sweater you accidentally dried on high. Mix about a tablespoon of conditioner in a bucket of water until dissolved. Let the sweater sit submerged so it softens. Gently stretch back out to its original size.

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13. Prevent tools from rusting.

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Apply a thin layer to various household tools to keep them rust- and Tetanus-free! Try this with other appliances too, like faucets.

15. Inject moisturizer in your bathwater.

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Rub a quarter-size amount in your hands under bathwater. It's just like bath oil and helps keep skin smooth during the winter's harsh dryness.

16. Shine stainless steel.

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Apply little by little to stainless steel appliances like your stove, refrigerator, faucets, etc. Buff with a clean cloth to get it glittering. You can even try this on golf clubs.

17. Remove stuck rings.

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Add some at the base of your finger, above the ring and as close to under the ring itself as possible. Gently shimmy the ring off. You're free!

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