What To Do With All Those Hotel Toiletries

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As a fan of miniatures and free things, I have always appreciated — and hoarded — hotel toiletries. When travelling, I’ll often hide the bottles after showering, just to make sure they get replenished each day. This means I go home with many tiny bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash, where they sit in a basket, usually unused. But now I know that I was just saving them so I could donate them to shelters and other aid-providing organisations.

As Julie S. Lalonde pointed out in her very clever travel hack thread, shelters and similar organisations are always in need of toiletries, a resource that has to be continuously replenished.

If you travel a good bit, it’s worth grabbing some extras to give to those in need. To find such an organisation, simply type “toiletry donations” followed by the name of your city. Just make sure the little bottles and soaps are unopened. Gently used sweaters may be a welcome donation, but there’s no such thing as “gently used” soap.


Comments

    Ugh. Even the tiniest bit of research while localising this article would have uncovered at least one local organisation that accepts donations for hotel amenities and puts together care packs for the homeless, DV victims, etc.

    Check out https://www.elbh.org.au/ Every Little Bit Helps - they have drop off bins at many Flight Centre locations.

    You're welcome, Lifehacker AU.

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