FOAMING hand soap is easy to make at home. If you have an old foaming soap dispenser - fill it about 1/3 full with any liquid soap/bodywash, etc. and then add water to fill. Shake for a bit and wahla you have foaming hand soap. I tend to shake/rock the bottle about once a week to keep things mixed. So easy and you can use up all those bottles of soap/body wash you may have received as gifts. It foams just a great as the stuff you buy.
Keep all those squirt bottle LIDS! No need to keep all the bottles (unless you need them). The lids fit almost all individual water/pop bottles (I reuse those as well). They make for great fun for kids to play and cool off in the heat - think squirt gun/bottles! Fill with colored water in winter to draw in the snow!!!!!
They are great when our walking or running or working in the yard - keep your cold water in them and pop the top and take a squirt of water! Many store purchased re-usable drink bottles have squirt tops - make your own and save a fortune. (Those can be expensive). Keeps water from spilling and keeps bugs out. I find flipping the top is much easier than un-screwing a top (can do it one handed!)
BANANAS tend to get over ripe in a hurry - especially in warm weather. I find that if I wrap them in an old grocery bag and rubber band around the stem end (to keep out air) that they last a long time.
Air is what causes them to ripen so quickly. I can keep bananas for well over a week or two without them getting covered in brown spots or getting mushy. **(Greener bananas will still ripen in the bag - but not get over ripe)
I have some T-SHIRTS that have gotten a bit tight across the shoulder/breast area. Some have shrunk over time (OR I have grown!!). They can still be made comfy and used around the house/yard. I carefully cut the "banding" off that is around the neck area. You can just cut it right under the band or even larger if you like. I then make a cut/slit in front that is 2" - 3" (in center). You will be amazed at how freeing and unrestrictive this make the t-shirt. I wear theses over a tank top or sports bra. No need to sew a thing - as t-shirt material does not fray. I have a few I have done for working around here.
They become really comfy. It is just another way to use what you have and get some extended use.
I use old things a lot in the yard as you know. Bits and pieces make cute accents in flower gardens.
Time to get your creative juices flowing!
On the front walk I have a big metal flower (glass globe in center) the rod it used to stand on - rusted and broke, so I placed amongst the flowers till I get a new rod. The red spoke wheel is from an old cart that my Uncle made when I was a little girl. The cart has been long gone for years - but I kept the little wheel. I re-paint it every few years. Just a piece of the past that I like to remember. I remember Uncle Ed every time I see that wheel.
An old wagon (bought at a yard sale years ago) filled with my fossil rocks (that I found years ago) and a big old flower pot that is now growing squirrel planted sunflowers. The little church was a birdhouse and the post rotted over the years. Now it is just a cute decoration in the pot. (birds could still use) but it is pretty close to the ground and kitties!
I like lots of old things, things that have memories, and things that are just whimsical. I realize not everyone does. I hate to spend money on things when I can re-use something I have. It is all about using your imagination.
I hope this gives someone a tip or two they can use. What do you do that re-uses and saves?????
On another day - I will show some decorating ideas I have done using old things in a new way.
GET CREATIVE - USE OLD THINGS IN NEW WAYS AND SAVE $$$$$$.