Happy Tuesday all! Today I want to speak about making things last longer and making things go further. I do this with about everything. Do I need to? No! Why then?
Well, this is how I was raised. You made everything go as far as possible and you wasted nothing.
I still feel that is important. I can pretty much buy what I want now - but I see no sense in wasting things.
I have done this for years. It is just who I am. I know it has helped save money as well. I think whatever I can do to be a good steward of money and things, helps!! That allows us to do other things and saves a bit from the landfills.
Here are just a few things. There are many - so I know I can't possibly mention them all.
*I do not use fabric softener sheets, except once in a great while in the winter (when static is really bad. Then I only use a third of a sheet. I have had the same box for a couple years. Generally I line dry (or hang inside) or use vinegar in the rinse. I can tumble in the dryer for a few minutes with a damp cloth to remove wrinkles
* Laundry detergent - I use way less than the say to use. My clothes still get very clean.
*Juice - I always water it down. I pour my first glass of juice from a bottle - then add water. It always tastes plenty flavorful
*Toothpaste - I use a pea size dollop - that is plenty. If I don't use toothpaste, I use a bit of baking soda.
*Dish soap - always gets watered down. I mix water, soap and a bit of vinegar in another bottle. Works great! (vinegar helps cut grease)
*Shampoo - gets watered down as well. I mix a third of a bottle to 2/3's water. Let it set a while, then shake up.
*Make my own foaming soft soap. I have an old bottle from foaming hand soap that I re-use. I add about 1/3 bottle of bath wash or other soft soap (I get free as gifts) with water. It is perfect foaming soap.
*Bread - a loaf can last me a couple weeks. I remove all air from the bags - and close tightly. It stays nice and fresh tasting
*Meat - I never use what a recipe calls for. I generally use 1/2 lb. or 1/4 lb. to anything I make. I always used less when cooking for two as well.
*A pound of veggies can be stretched like crazy. I can make carrots, radish, peppers, broccoli, brussel sprouts - you name it - last for a long while. I mix lots of things together - so a little goes a long way.
EXCEPT tomato! - If I cut a tomato - it is eaten completely. There is never leftover tomato - I eat it all!!!!! As Justin Wilson used to say "I guarantee"!!
*Leftovers always get used in some form. Maybe as they are for another meal or remade into something new. I may freeze and use another day.
*I use rainwater outside for plants when possible - I also bring in some bottles of rainwater - to use on my hair in the winter months. My hair gets drier feeling, so the rainwater makes it soft when washing. No need for conditioner.
*I only wash clothes when they are dirty or stinky. I don't just wash to be washing. I often wear something more than once. Jeans for a few days if not dirty.
*Sticks and limbs - I keep some for plant stakes. Many larger ones work perfectly for bracing up a garden plant. I have even used a nice branch in my vining houseplant in the house. It just kind of blends in, and the cost was FREE
*Leaves are used as mulch and weed barriers. I either toss behind my shed to prevent grass from growing or in my garden. Great compost
*Buy smaller bites of sweets. I do love a candy bar now and then. I don't buy full size candy bars - but I get bags of candy bites when they are on clearance. A couple of those small pieces satisfies my craving. Less sugar, less money and still satisfied!
* I use old rags or old washcloths on my swifter. They are washable and last forever.
*Old t-shirts become plant ties, rags or hankies
*I use my portable dehumidifier water in my washer
*I often just lightly dampen a rag for dusting. No need for fancy sprays
*I clean mainly with vinegar and baking soda or just plain water. Sometimes I wipe the inside of windows down with just a damp cloth - to clean kitty kisses. Sometimes I mix with vinegar
*When we camped, I would save dryer lint and TP tubes (stuff lint in tubes) for campfire starters
OK - my brain is done for the morning!!!!! LOL
How do you stretch items around your house? Do you do it to save or just because you always have?
I love getting new ideas. Let us know what you do!!!
PS - It's raining, it's pouring - the old man is snoring!!!!! YAY