Joanie Demer | 

11 Clever (and Green!) Ways to Reuse Hotel Freebies

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You’re gonna die when you see all the different ways you can reuse the complimentary items hotels offer to guests. Yep, all those free toiletries and other goodies you snatch up can have a second purpose. I feel like Ross and Chandler would be really proud of me right now.

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1. Donate toiletries to a good cause.

A person holding a tube of toothpaste in a box with other toiletries.

Clean the World is one of many organizations working to provide sanitary products to people at risk for hygiene-related diseases. Local homeless shelters, women’s sanctuaries, youth homes, etc. usually need these items too!


2. Stock your guest bathroom with extras.

A person holding a vase with soap and other toiletries in it.

Fill a glass jar with mini toiletries and any other unused freebies for your guests. It’s practical and pretty!


3. Use the toothbrush for cleaning.

A person handing another person two toothbrushes.

Convert the cheap freebie toothbrush into a scrubbing brush for chores.


4. Grate unused soap for DIY laundry detergent.

A person grating a bar of soap into a bowl.

Combine two parts grated soap, one part borax, and one part washing soda. Use two tablespoons per load.


5. Take the mini toiletries to the gym instead of your own.

A person holding a bag with toiletries in it.

They won’t weigh down your bag, and you won’t care as much if they get lost or stolen.



6. Refill empty bottles with your own shampoo, conditioner, and soap before your next trip.

A person holding two bottles of conditioner.

Not only will you save on space and weight, but there is also less potential for disaster in case of a spill.


7. Store dirty laundry in the garment, lingerie, or shoe bags.

A person holding a bag with clothes in it.

If you find a complimentary cloth bag, take it for dirty laundry when you travel.


8. Make a car kit with mini toiletries.

A person holding a zip bag with toothpaste and other toiletries.

I added mouthwash, deodorant, a sewing kit, lotion, cotton balls, and Q-tips to my car tote.


9. Use the shower cap as a food cover.

A person holding a shower cap on a bowl of food.

Super convenient for bigger bowls.


10. Wrap your shoes in the shower cap when you travel.

Two shoes with shower cap over them.

It will keep them from dirtying up the rest of your luggage.


11. Fill empty bottles with water and freeze for portable food chillers.

A person holding two Dasani water bottles.

These work great for lunches and picnics. Just make sure they seal tightly!

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