Can You Put Shampoo in Storage for the Long Term?



Regardless of downsizing or remodeling and needing extra space for your stuff, renting out a storage unit is the best solution.

Prices tend to be reasonable for the space you get, and you don’t have to worry about your possessions’ safety.

But certain items are blacklisted and not allowed in the storage units, and strongly scented items are often on the blacklist.

So, can you put shampoo in storage after all? What about other scented hair products you want to store for the long term if you’re prepping?

I will answer these questions and more in this post.

Can You Put Shampoo in Storage?

For the few weeks that take to settle into a new home or complete a remodeling project, putting away all the non-essential items in a storage unit can make the whole ordeal a lot more manageable.

This includes all of the extra shampoo and the other bathroom products you have – you’ll be surprised to find how much of it is there!

And this is especially true if you’re stockpiling on purpose and preparing to keep a surplus for a rainy day.

But as I mentioned earlier, many storage facilities do not allow storing scented products or items that attract pests. You want to stop mice from getting into your boxes as just one example..

While shampoos have a scent, it’s not that strong, which classifies them under the “supplies” category of things.

So, while things like scented candles, soaps, perfumes, and lotions are often blacklisted, you can store your shampoo in a storage unit.

But, it’s important to remember that storing anything from the bathroom in a storage unit can sometimes create more problems than it solves.

You don’t want to be risking mold, mildew, and insect infestations in your home after you bring your things back into your home.

Not to mention the trouble that would cause over at the storage facility.

So here are some pointers that will help you ensure that no damage is done: to your items, the storage unit, and your home.

The Right Way Store Shampoo And Other Bathroom Products In Storage

The first thing you have to safeguard against is leakage.

Changes in temperature and pressure can cause the shampoo to spill out of bottles and make a big mess –  getting on all of the other things you have stored in the unit.

Shampoo bottles that leaked in storage boxes. from r/Target

Tape off the caps and any other possible openings of all the bottles of shampoo.

Sealing the openings of shampoo bottles is also essential because it reduces the shampoo interaction with air and humidity. It maximizes shelf life.

It may seem a little excessive at first, but remember that hair product storage is not off-limits as long as you do your due diligence.

This means, as long as you can seal it properly and it’s not too strongly scented, conditioners, gels, serums, oil, wax, clay, conditioning masks, and all other products can be stowed away in a storage unit.

If you have a dispenser, and not a bottle, push the actuator down and tape it in place so nothing gets ejected during transport or storage.

Makeup products, however, are a no-no. A lot of storage facilities are not temperature regulated, and your makeup WILL melt.

After you’ve taped all of the bottles, wipe any excess water and other liquids off the bottles.

Don’t skip this step, since it will help you avoid the problems that mold and mildew bring with them.

Wrapping every bottle in newspaper adds another layer of protection, making certain that if any liquid spills, other items will remain untouched. But if you’re confident about your seals with tape, you can skip this.

Store everything in well-sealed containers. If you have a lot of stuff, get a large plastic tote with an airtight lid. It lessens the chances of a vermin infestation.

If you want to go the environment-friendly route, get brand new cardboard boxes instead. New boxes don’t have gaps and punctures in them.

Steer clear of the free boxes you get from restaurants and grocery stores – those are known to attract pests.

How to Know If a Shampoo Is No Longer Usable


For the most part, you don’t have to worry about your shampoo going bad in storage. They have a long shelf life and can retain effectiveness up to 18 months after opening.

If you haven’t opened the bottle/tube of shampoo, you can expect it to soap up just fine even three years after manufacturing.

After this point, the shampoo may not perform as expected. It may soap up, but it will not remove your dandruff as effectively or de-frizz your hair like you expect it to.

But even then, you could find other uses for it. A bubble bath is a classic way to put old shampoo to good use.

How do you know if the shampoo is safe for bubble baths?

The key here is to trust your eyes and your nose. If you see some mold or other microbes forming up, or if the shampoo smells unpleasant, get rid of it.

How To Make Sure ALL Your Possessions Are Safe In Storage

In addition to packing everything in airtight containers, there are few other things you can do to ensure that all your possessions remain safe in storage.

Check the storage containers from your kitchen, and all the pots and pans you’re storing for crumbs and residual food. It WILL attract vermin.

Ensure that all of your upholstered furniture and mattresses are covered. One bed bug is all it takes to ruin everything.

If you want to go the extra mile, keep your possessions raised off the ground by placing clean pallets under them.

But working with a respectable storage facility that features temperature-controlled environments and hires professionals for pest control is key to a hassle-free experience.

Can you put shampoo in storage? Yes.

But do you need to be very careful? Absolutely.

Don’t take any chances – protect your possessions even if you intend to use the storage unit only for a few weeks.

“The Future you” may be glad that you did your due diligence.

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