After a periodic revision, every housewife always has cosmetics that have expired or that do not fit for one reason or another. It is no longer possible to use them for their intended purpose, but do not take such cosmetics to the trash can, they can still benefit you in everyday life. How exactly? Knows MedAboutMe.

1. Nail polish remover

Acetone-based nail polish remover is great for cleaning kitchen or bathroom tiles. It has good degreasing properties, and will cope even with strong pollution. Dilute the product in warm water (1:1) and start cleaning with a hard sponge.

Also, this liquid will help to easily remove traces of adhesive tape on furniture or plastic windows. It is enough to soak a cotton pad with nail polish remover and treat the sticky stain.


It is necessary to work with acetone-based products with gloves to protect your hands from aggressive effects.

2. Perfume or eau de parfum

2. Perfume or eau de parfum

An unnecessary bottle of perfume is a great alternative to store-bought laundry fragrance. Remove the atomizer and place the vial in the cabinet.

If you have time and desire, you can make multi-colored gel flavors that will not only give a pleasant aroma, but also decorate the room. Dilute 3 sachets of regular food gelatin in a glass of hot water, add 1 tbsp. l. salt, 1 tbsp. l. glycerin, 2-3 drops of food coloring and 9-10 drops of toilet water. Mix the mixture and pour into jars. Wait for the gelatin to set and place the flavors wherever you wish.

3. Hair balm

Any hair balm will successfully replace a special fabric softener. Add a small amount of detergent to the special compartment of the washing machine. At the output, you will get fragrant, soft things that will be easy to iron and dry.

When washing floors, it is also a good idea to add 20-30 ml of hair conditioner to the water. Thanks to this life hack, less dust will collect on the floor surface.


The progenitors of modern fabric softeners appeared at the beginning of the 20th century in Western Europe. Initially, they were aqueous emulsions of olive or corn oils.

4. Shaving foam

Shaving foam contains many different cleansing ingredients and surfactants. Thanks to these properties, the foam will perfectly cope with cleaning carpets or dense textiles. Shake the jar several times and apply foam around the perimeter of the carpet. Then use a brush or vacuum cleaner.

Chrome surfaces are easy to clean and give them a mirror finish with foam. Simply apply a small amount to a soft sponge and wipe the surface.

Oil stains on suede shoes or a bag will disappear without a trace if they are treated with shaving foam and then removed with a damp cloth.

If you need to clean your jewelry, feel free to use shaving foam or shaving gel for this purpose. An excellent result is guaranteed.

5. Micellar water

5. Micellar water

Makeup brushes and sponges need to be cleaned regularly to keep bacteria from growing. For these purposes, an unnecessary bottle of micellar water is quite suitable. Apply a small amount to a paper towel and wipe the brushes.

On a note!

Once a month, brushes and sponges should be thoroughly washed with warm water and soap or a special cleanser.

Micellar water is a cost-effective and effective product for cleaning suede and nubuck shoes. It will perfectly clean various stains, including white stains from reagents. Apply a small amount of the product to a porous dishwashing sponge and thoroughly wipe the soiled areas. As a result, your shoes are perfectly clean and even have a subtle, pleasant aroma.

Also, micellar water can be used to easily and safely clean TV and air conditioner remotes, smartphones, headphones, keyboards, etc.

6. Nail polish

A small bottle of nail polish is a real lifesaver for solving many everyday problems. With its help you can:

  • Fix a small screw or bolt, for example, on the temples of glasses.
  • Repair cracks in furniture or ceramic tiles. The main thing is to choose the right shade.
  • Decorate small items. Multi-colored varnishes can decorate a phone case, keys, vases, even clothespins. Turn on your fantasy!
  • Update frayed laces. If the fixing caps are lost or deteriorated, dip the ends of the laces into a clear varnish and let it dry.
  • Insert thread into the eye of the needle. Lubricate the tip of the thread with clear varnish and dry. So you can easily get into even the narrowest eye of the needle.

7. Hairspray

Hairspray will securely and inconspicuously fix the zipper on jeans or a skirt, which will allow you to avoid the delicate problem of an unfastening zipper.

Want to extend the life of your new nylon tights? Spray a hair fixative all over the pantyhose before putting on a new piece.

Another varnish will successfully remove static electricity from your clothes if there is no antistatic on hand.

8. Hygienic lip balm

8. Hygienic lip balm

Expired hygienic lipstick will bring many more benefits. With its help, it is easy to mask scratches and scuffs on leather items (bags, jackets, furniture). Swipe over the scratch several times, and remove the residue with a dry sponge.

If your chapstick is made from natural wax, it can turn into a small candle, indispensable in the absence of real candles at hand. Insert a toothpick or a match into the lipstick — the design is ready for use.

Can’t take off the ring? No problem. Lubricate your finger liberally with hygienic balm and the ring will easily slip off.

9. Moisturizer

Faux leather, like real leather, requires constant care. To avoid cracks and extend the life of furniture upholstery made of such material, regularly wipe it with a moisturizer. This method is also suitable for the care of artificial leather shoes.


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