So you’ve tossed some delicates in the sink or a bucket to wash, only to realize you have no laundry detergent! Perhaps you’re traveling and have gone through all of your clothing, but don’t want to buy a big bottle of detergent. When you’re in a pinch, it’s shampoo to the rescue!
While you might not be interested in substituting your expensive shampoo for laundry detergent, those tiny hotel bottles you’ve accumulated are just what you need.
If you’re simply washing a couple items in the sink, be sure to pour in just enough to make the water sudsy. One teaspoon for a bathroom sink full of water should do it. If you’re using a large kitchen sink to wash sweaters and other delicates, you might need the entire whole tiny bottle.
Hotel shampoo bottles are great because they typically feature a gentle formula that’s suitable to all. Baby shampoo or any other gentle, sulfate-free shampoo will do. Steer clear of specialty shampoos, ones that tint hair or combination shampoo and conditioner products.
You’ll want to fill a clean sink with lukewarm water, add the mild shampoo and add then the garments. Swirl them around in the soapy water for a minute or two, then remove the them and empty the water. Refill the sink with fresh water and rinse the garments or allow the clothing to soak in the clean water for 5 to 10 minutes.
Gently squeeze out the water with your hands and then lay the garments in a single layer on a bath towel. Roll the garment up in the towel and squeeze out extra water as you go. Hang to dry, outdoors, if possible, but if the weather doesn’t permit, hang them close to an air conditioner/heater vent or leave the windows open.