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How to make things last longer

Posted by on Mar. 3, 2013 at 12:36 AM
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Tired of replacing razor blades, printer cartridges and other household essentials at every turn? Here's how to make those must-haves last longer:

Shampoo and Conditioner

Store bottles upside down to prevent the shampoo or conditioner from getting stuck at the bottom of the bottle. When you can't get any more out, add a few capfuls of water, and shake.

Toothpaste

Once you've squeezed out as much toothpaste as you can, cut the tube open with a pair of scissors, and you'll have enough for several more brushings.

Tip: Store the cut tube in a plastic bag between uses to prevent dry out.

Razors

Dry the blades off after each use, and they'll stay sharp longer.

Shower Gel

Apply your shower gel to a loofah, instead of to your skin, and a small squirt will produce endless lather.

Lipstick

When you get to the bottom of a tube, use a lip brush or a Q-tip to get at the remaining lipstick.

Tip: Scoop your lipstick leftovers into an empty lip gloss pot for easy on the go use.

Bar Soap

Unwrap your soap and allow it to dry out for a couple weeks before you use it. Why? Because dry soap doesn't dissolve as fast when it comes into contact with water.

Hand Soap

Purchase a foaming hand soap dispenser, and turn your regular hand soap into foaming hand soap. You'll be amazed at how far you can stretch one bottle of soap.

Dish Soap

Pick up a second foaming soap dispenser, and use the same recipe to turn your dish soap into foaming dish soap.

Laundry Detergent

More detergent doesn't mean cleaner clothes, it just means more soap residue on your clothes. Try using half as much detergent as the manufacturer recommends, and you probably won't even notice the difference.

Spray Cleaners

Set the spray nozzle to the lowest mist setting. Less coming out means less being used.

Clothing

A simple way to stretch the life of all your clothes? Skip the dryer. All that heat just isn't good for your clothes.

Shoes

Clean dirt and scuff marks off of your shoes as soon as you notice them to avoid any permanent damage.

Food

Food spoilage is often the result of improper storage. Learn how to store the foods that you eat regularly:

Candles

Stick candles in the freezer for a couple of hours before you use them. This will cause the wax to burn slower and more evenly.

Mattresses

Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for flipping and rotating your mattress to prevent premature sagging.

Refrigerators

Vacuum the condenser coil every three months (once a month if you have pets).

Printer Ink

The simplest way to extend the life of your printer ink is to only print what you need, but that's not the only thing you can do:

Markers

Revive dried out markers by storing them vertically (tip down) for a day or two. If that doesn't work, try dipping the tips in alcohol for a few minutes.

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EDDES
by on Mar. 3, 2013 at 12:52 AM

 you rockGirl!!! Thank you.

chrissysnow22
by on Mar. 3, 2013 at 2:19 AM
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Great list. tfs
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taniamorse85
by Bronze Member on Mar. 3, 2013 at 2:27 AM

I do most of these already, but thanks for sharing!

matreshka
by Platinum Member on Mar. 3, 2013 at 9:01 AM

I had read somewhere that storing razors in baby oil will help preserve the blade. Sounds kind of gunky to me.  Is this true?

AzariahsMother
by on Mar. 3, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Thanks for sharing these good tips. 

aneela
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mammapav
by on Mar. 3, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Thanks for Sharing !!

bayoumama1981
by Member on Mar. 3, 2013 at 3:17 PM

i love me some candles! Thanks for the info!

TheBabyFactory4
by Catherine on Mar. 3, 2013 at 5:21 PM
Great tips
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specialwingz
by Corey on Mar. 4, 2013 at 12:31 PM

For the razors, dip them in rubbing alcohol.  It replaces the water that leaves minerals behind to dull the blades.  Then, blow dry.  The alcohol step is important.  If you simply blow dry the razor with the water on it, it simply evaporates the water leaving behind those blade dulling minerals.

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