Shampoo and Conditioner Bottle Battle
Shampoo and conditioner bottles are like twins. They are either fraternal (don’t look alike) or identical (look the same). If you buy a brand that offers the fraternal version, you are set. However, many brands offer identical bottles for their shampoo and conditioner. This makes it hard to distinguish between them. I have compiled a few different techniques that I have used or have heard others use, in order to assist with this dilemma. However, this is not an exhaustive list, so your technique may not be here.
Technology is absolutely wonderful. We have so many options these days, with apps that identify products. However, taking our iDevice into the shower is probably not a good idea. I could see many accidents happening here. Also, some apps take a few seconds to return a good result, which is pretty time consuming. So I will focus on non-technology options.
Did You Scratch Your Sister?
This one I use quite frequently. I first determine which is which. Then I scratch the top of the shampoo lid with an old pair of scissors, or knife. This allows me to feel the tops of the bottles in the shower, to see which is which. This has been pretty effective for me and is quick. However, you could hurt yourself, so be very careful, or choose another method. If you are one who typically buys the same brand every time, you could just swap the tops, instead of repeating the process. You could also save the top if you like to switch brands, and pull it out of the cupboard when you buy that brand again.
Dress Them Up to Tell the Difference
You could always place a bread tie, rubber band, hair tie or pipe cleaner around the top of the shampoo bottle, in order to tell the difference. I have heard of people using dots to tell the difference as well. However, the moisture may lead to them falling off. This also could be quite expensive. Some have also used tape to tell, but again the moisture may be a problem.
Just Rip It Off!
Some have also peeled off the label from the shampoo bottle. If your fingertips aren’t that sensitive, this approach may be a problem for you. Also some bottles just have printing right on them, so this would not work in those cases.
Do I Need to Separate You Two?
One easy way to handle this is to just place the bottles in different locations inside the shower. Although if you live with others they may move them on you. You may also decide to transfer the contents into another bottle in order to tell the difference. This may become messy!
What Happened Here?
After a few uses of the conditioner you may notice that the bottle does not return to its regular shape. It appears indented, but the shampoo does not seem to do this. So this is a good way to tell them apart after a few uses.
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