34 Ways to make the things you buy last longer…

Make your candles burn longer by placing them in the freezer for 24 hours prior to using.

Cut your sponges in half.

Mix your nice hand soap with water and dispense from a foam handwash bottle.

When the eraser on your mechanical pencil gets down to an infinitesimal nub….

Make a bouquet of flowers last longer by adding a capful of vodka.

It’ll keep bacteria at bay. Add a pinch of sugar, too, for nourishment. If you don’t have vodka, a capful of bleach will also work.

Use an olive oil bottle for your dishwashing liquid.

Store your salsa and marinara sauce jars upside down in the fridge.

Placing a paper towel in with your salad lettuce will keep it fresh all week long.

Break your bananas apart.

Double your butter by whipping it with equal parts water.

Store it in an old margarine container. It makes an easy spread that’s half the calories. Just don’t use it for baking.

Store onions, garlic, and shallots in a paper bag punched with holes.

Keep your bread fresh with the celery trick.

Don’t touch your cheese when you are cutting it.

Add a dab of butter to the cut ends of cheese.

Buy organic milk.

Dab your skincare, don’t dollop it.

Add a couple drops of saline solution to your mascara when it starts to dry out.

Save a bottle of old, thickened nail polish with just a couple drops of nail polish thinner.

Swipe your nails with vinegar before applying nail polish — it’ll make your manicure last for 2+ weeks.

Store your foundation in the fridge.

To keep your hair color in longer, use an SPF.

Keep the colors in your clothes brighter by adding a pinch of salt to your laundry load.

Keep your pantyhose from running by placing your hosiery in the freezer for 24 hours

When washing your jeans, turn them inside out and marinate them in vinegar before washing.

In general, your laundry should be air dried when possible.

Only use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste every time you brush your teeth.

Sharpen your razor on a pair of jeans to make them last longer.

Run the razor (away from you), along the length of a pair of old jeans, about 10-20 times. Now turn the razor and push the razor toward you another 10-20 times.
Also, always remember to dry off your razor completely after using in the shower.

To keep your hair dryer from crapping out, suck the debris out of the back vents with your vacuum nozzle.

Alternate between two different pairs of shoes everyday.

Here’s how to keep your dry erase markers writing beautifully, longer:

Put your cereal in the freezer to keep them from going stale.

Keep the needles from falling off your Christmas tree by submerging the cut end in a pint of water with one capful of bleach.

However, DON’T do this if the roots are still on your tree. Or if you have pets who might end up drinking the water.

Make your printer ink last as long as possible.

Try using a font called “ecofont” that has tiny holes in it so you save on ink. Also, since black ink runs out faster than colored ink, print out your non-business-related matters on magenta or cyan ink.

Keep your laptop unplugged when not in use to ensure the battery lasts as long as possible.

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