Frugal Living: Make Household Products Last Longer

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Frugal Living: Make Household Products Last Longer

Staff Writer · Sep 10, 2009

Frugal living entails cutting back in every aspect of your life–but you can learn how to save money without giving up a lot of comfort. Learn a few trips to make your household products last longer to stretch every dollar a little further.

Powder Cleansers: Control How Much You Use

One frugal living tip is to use less cleaner when cleaning the bathroom, kitchen and other smooth surfaces. Bleach and other powder cleansers usually come with a surplus of holes from which you shake the powder cleanser out onto the surface you’re cleaning. A simple way to make the product last longer is to put tape over 2/3 of the holes. You’ll get enough powder out to clean without accidentally dumping out too much.

Dishwasher Detergent: Use Less

Never run the dishwasher unless it’s extremely full in order to cut back on the number of times you run it. (This will lead to savings on water and electric bills, too.) Don’t buy dishwasher detergent in tab form, as you can’t adjust the amount you use. Instead, buy the powder and try cutting back the detergent to about 1/2 the amount you usually use. (If dishes come out dirty, try cutting back to 2/3 the amount.) Dishes can get just as clean without a detergent compartment overflowing with powder.

Glass and Surface Cleansers: Eschew Convenience

Part of the high price of common household products comes from the price of convenience. Learn how to save money by doing a little extra work yourself. Using a paper towel with a spray glass or surface cleaner adds up to much less money than buying wet wipes already saturated in the cleanser. Not only that, but this frugal living tip means you’ll be able to clean glass and surfaces many more times with the bottle than you would with the wipes, because you can control the amount of cleanser you use.

Shampoo and Conditioner: Dilution

There’s way more cleaning and conditioning power in shampoo and conditioner than anyone, particularly the person who’s fond of frugal living, needs. You can dilute your shampoos and conditioners to make them last twice as long. Get a spare bottle (or keep a previous bottle) and pour half of your shampoo or conditioner into the second bottle. Fill the remainder of both with water. Shake the bottles up. You’ll now have shampoos and conditioners that are just as effective. You can also start shampooing your hair every other day instead of every day.

Hand Soap: Make It Foam

You can stretch liquid hand soap by making your own foaming hand soap, which can double or even triple the use of the soap. Purchase a foaming hand soap dispenser and pour in 1-2 tablespoons of hand soap. Fill the rest of container with water almost, but not quite, to the top. Now you have effective foaming hand soap.

Follow a few frugal living tips to make your household products last longer, and you’ll find yourself with more money to spend or save at the end of the month. Cut back on your grocery bills by making the household products you buy last longer!

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