Day 161 Regarding the Use It Up challenge

I received a lot of comments on Tuesday regarding the Use It UP challenge it seems there are lot of readers out there who can relate to this topic.

We have already discovered alternative uses for two products..

  • Mouthwash can be used for several different things according to The Frugal Duchess.
  • Shampoo can be put in your liquid soap container and used as a hand cleaner according to Patricia in her comment. I suppose you could also use it as a body wash like my son does when he washes his hair.

I also have a post from back on day 77 with my take on multipurpose uses for cleaning products.

So now, not only would I like your feedback on what you used up but also any creative, out of the box methods utilised to achieve your objectives. I would say Willow, who has some nasty mouthwash, may end up with some clean computer screens and a sparkling white toilet if she uses the advice from The Frugal Duchess.


Today’s item is a pile of  books of my husbands. He is still doing a champion job of decluttering his stuff.

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About Colleen Madsen

Colleen is the founder of 365 Less Things and lives in Newcastle, Australia.


  1. Crystal Tillman

    Shampoo is also good for cleaning toilets. My mom got the idea from Flylady ( ), we’re also going to use up some mystery body wash I found while cleaning a cabinet this way.

    • Hi Crystal,
      sound feasable to me I will add that one to the list. I am so excited that so many of you a jumping on board with this one and am so looking forward to the results at the end of the two weeks.

  2. This column comes at a great time for me–my poor hair has been stressed from general health issues and I’ve been trying various shampoos to find something that doesn’t make it look worse. This left me with several partial bottles, and wondering what to do with them. Toilet bowl, here we come!

    • I can’t say I’ve have tested that theory but Crystal suggested it would work. I wouldn’t use to much on your first attempt though you may have bubble issues.

  3. I’m away from home right now, but when I get back, into the toilet goes that nasty mouthwash!