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20 Ways You Can Reuse Disposable Shower Caps

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Shower caps can be used for many things!

Shower caps can be used for many things!

What Can You Do With an Old Shower Cap?

Shower caps. How many do you have in your house? Be honest. You may think you have none, or perhaps only one, but if you dig deep into your cupboard, I bet you have a dozen or so shower caps that you took home from your last hotel stay.

You take them because you think they may come in handy. Then you come home, unpack your bags and forget about them completely. They collect dust along with their cousins, the mini sewing kit, the soap, shampoo, bath gel, the folding toothbrush, and let's not forget the handy 'must-have' nail file kit.

If you are doing a spring clean, take a moment to re-consider what you are going to do with them. Before you throw them out, pass them off as a Christmas stocking filler or flog them off at your next garage sale, you may actually be able to use your hotel disposable shower cap(s) in and around the home in more ways than one.

In fact, here are 20 ways to reuse the humble old shower cap!

20 Ways to Reuse Disposable Shower Caps

1. Portable vase. Fill the cap with a cup or so of water, place the flower stems inside the water 'bowl', and then fasten the elastic around the stems.

2. Piping bag. If you are doing a spot of cooking and need to ice your cupcakes with a piping bag, simply use a shower cap. Fill the cap with the icing, wind it into a funnel shape, snip the end, and off you go.

3. Travel bag for your shoes. Wrap each shoe in a separate shower cap to protect your clothing from dirty shoes.

4. Raincoat for your shoes. Heading out with some expensive shoes on? And it's raining? Step into your shower caps, one on each foot, and protect your shoes from the rain. Arrive with dry, clean shoes.

5. Wet bag. Use to wrap wet swimwear and goggles in.

6. Hat. Ok, only indoors, but if you are painting, put one on your head to protect your hair from drops of paint. You'll be amazed at how much paint is on it at the end of the day.

7. Parachute. Not for you, for your child's toy soldiers. Attach them to the soldiers, throw them into the air and watch them glide to earth.

8. Greenhouse. Cover your seedlings with a shower cap to create warmth and moisture and watch them sprout.

9. Paint Brush. Crunch into a ball, dip it into paint and use it to create an interesting effect on paper.

10. Missing a lid? If you need to quickly and temporarily cover food but you cannot find the matching lid? A shower cap will do the trick.

11. Keep the flies away. If you are having an outdoor function, picnic, or bbq, use a shower cap to cover salads, sandwiches, or plates of food. People may laugh but at least the flies will stay away.

12. Bowl. Out at the park for lunch but forgot your bowl, use your shower cap as a little bowl for chips or nuts (that's assuming you remembered to pack the shower cap!)

13. Dog poop pickup 'glove." Put your hand inside and pick it up with ease.

14. Dog water bowl. A quick and easy portable bowl for your dog to drink from.

15. Flowerpot saucer. Don't let hanging plants drip water to the floor, place a shower cap under the pot or planter and it will catch all the drips.

16. Ride your bike. Cover your bike seat or helmet in the rain.

17. Protect your hair. If you have done your hair before you put on your dress, top, or jumper, put a shower cap on your head, and slide your clothes over, it will protect your hairdo.

18. iPhone/iPod/camera case. Wrap your expensive 'toys' in a shower cap before throwing them into your bag and protect them until you buy a proper cover or case.

19. Feeling naughty? Makes a perfect (albeit large) water balloon.

20. Still in your hotel room? Use it to cover the remote control. Imagine how many germs are on that!

When all else fails and you are having a 'good' hair day, use it as a shower cap.

Got any other ideas to add? Feel free to share them below and if they make the cut they may just get added to the list!

Disclaimer: if you work in a hotel or own a hotel or are the maker of these little pint-size multi-use treasures, ignore everything you have just read.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 WorkAtHomeMums


WorkAtHomeMums (author) from Australia on May 11, 2012:

I found way too many. Most 'gifts' from family. Haha. Hence my inspiration. :)

MissieK from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on May 11, 2012:

Great ideas :) I really don't have any of those shower caps - it's been way too long since I've stayed at a hotel...

WorkAtHomeMums (author) from Australia on May 10, 2012:

Haha. Brilliant. Will add them in :)

Shaz on May 10, 2012:

Love this post!!

Some more ideas:

+In place of hair net when sleeping ... gotta keep the good do going!

+Can't find a bowl when changing the goldfishes water? use the shower cap ...

+Cover the roots of a plant you've dug up to give to someone ... will keep them moist.

+Quick plastic bag when needed in the car

the list really is endless! ;-Þ

Jennifer Arnett from California on May 10, 2012:

Love the pic!

Sanjida Alam from Bangladesh on May 10, 2012:

Nicely put! I just throw my shower caps away. Never thought I could do so many things with it!