Over on the Green parent forum, one of the ladies asked about recycling bathroom toiletries. She wrote “How do I dispose of, or recycle all my half used bathroom shampoo’s, bubble bath and creams? Some are very, very old. This includes many, many bottles of unused baby products which I will never use. ”
There were some great suggestions on there, which were really thought provoking and I thought I’d throw the question out to you – what do you do with half used personal care products?
Readers of the forum shared the following ideas:
Dispose and recycle
If the products you no longer want are very old they are probably unusable so you’d have to empty them into the bin and recycle the containers if possible.
Share with friends
Anything still usable could be passed on to friends and family
Smear Vaseline round flowerpots to keep slugs off!
Use up the bubble bath for children – let them play with bubbles in a washing up bowl!
Sharon suggested Freecycle the unused baby products; baby clothes, toys and equipment usually does really well on Freecycle
Sharon again thought an old people’s home might take items like bubble bath for residents.
Dawn mentioned the option of donating to refuges/hostels (for homeless people or people escaping a violent home, etc). She suggested checking with your council where you can drop things off with them and they will pass them on.
Kate said that she gave some old baby toiletries to her local church. They have a baby changing room with creams, talc etc for toddler groups and Sunday school.
What about you? How do you reuse or recycle the toiletries you no longer want?