Hotel toiletries are free and depending on where you are staying they can be okay or even lousy. And most people usually ignore them and bring (or buy) their own when travelling. However I was inspired by my in-laws to take a second look and bring them home. After all we did pay for them together with the room so why not make use of them?
At first I stored them in case we have house guests who need them but they ended staying in storage for so long that they expire. So I had to think of something better…
I finally found a system that works for me! This is what I use them for:
Soaps are used for the guest toilet for washing hands.
Colgate Toothpaste tubes are stored for use during travel.
I group the toothbrushes in 2 and stored them in a clean zip lock bag.
- The better quality toothbrushes are stored for guests who might have forgotten to bring a toothbrush
- The bad ones (that feel like they would rip your gums of if you used them) are saved for home cleaning needs like cleaning silver jewelry, etc. (much more sanitary than using an old toothbrush right?)
I group the shampoos, bath gels and foams together. These are for refilling our liquid hand soap dispensers in the 2 bathrooms and the kitchen. We dilute the one in the kitchen with water to extend the use.
Shaving kits are saved for visitors. For trips my husband likes to bring the electric razor I gave him because there is no need to bring shaving cream.
Shower caps are saved for use when I am deep conditioning my own hair at home.
You can also use shower caps when you are coloring your hair or around your feet when deep conditioning your feet with thick lotion or petroleum jelly so that they don’t get on your bedding or floor. Just be careful not to walk in them or you might slip and fall.
The rest of the items like sewing kits, cotton buds, pads, combs and other items in sachets are in another bag. These are for guest if they forgot to bring some and also I love bringing them along when we are traveling on cheap. (Budget hotels don’t necessarily provide these.) They are perfect because they are sealed and in small quantities that are perfect for a weekend vacay.
Items that I don’t store are:
- Other toothpaste brands
These I immediately give to our maid for her use. I am sure she appreciates them because she gets to save on toiletries too!
The toothpastes that are too awful to use, I ask my maid to store for cleaning silver. Toothpaste is an amazing non-toxic way to clean silvers. All you need is a toothbrush, some toothpaste and start polishing!
This is where it all goes! Without the boxes and extra cases (I remove them!) they all fit in a small see-through container. This saves me money from not needing to buy hand soaps for the home. Why buy when I get so much for free right?
How about you? Do you bring home toiletries free from hotels? What do you do with them?