Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Cheat Sheet for Making Your Stuff Last Longer

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You probably spend a good chunk of money on items that you find yourself replacing more often than you'd like. Taking extra care of your items can make disposable things last longer and non-disposable items last forever. Use these life hacks to get the most out of your items and your money!
Freeze Your Candles
Freezing a candle makes the wax harden, so your candle burns slower. You still get the great scent, but your castle lasts twice as long.
Get Your Flowers Tipsy
Add 2 tablespoons of vodka to a flower vase to make your flowers live longer. Vodka prevents bacteria from killing your flowers and making them wilt.
Make Your Dish Soap Last Longer
You may have noticed that foaming hand soap lasts much longer than traditional liquid soap. You can use your dish soap to make foaming dish soap and save money! Your dishes only need a small amount of soap to get clean, so this is the perfect way to stop wasting soap. Add 1 tablespoon of dish soap to a foaming soap bottle. Fill the bottle with warm water and put the lid on. Shake well to combine everything and test it out!
Lay Off the Laundry Detergent
The recommendations on a bottle of laundry detergent are way off, unless your clothes are literally caked in dirt every time they go into the washer. Use half a capful of laundry detergent instead of a full capful. Not only will your detergent last longer, using less soap is much easier on your clothes.
...and Hang Dry Your Clothes
You can really extend the life of your clothes by using this tip and the previous tip. When weather allows, hang your clothes on the clothesline. The dryer is very hard on your clothes; it can leave them threadbare, worn, and just a tiny bit too small. After drying outside, your clothes will be soft and fresh-smelling.
Store Your Razor Blades in Oil
Rusty razor blades are incredibly annoying. Stop spending $10 on new blades every month with this tip. When you're done using your razor, store the blade in a mason jar of mineral oil. This keeps the blade from getting rusty and keeps it sharp.
Wash Items as Directed
If you have a piece of clothing that says that it has to be line-dried or dry cleaned, ask yourself how much you value that piece of clothing. Cleaning it as directed, rather than in a way that's convenient for you, can allow you to get more wears out of a piece. The same goes for dishes. A dishwasher may be convenient, but some items just have to be hand washed.
Reuse Broken Crayons
When your kids have a bucket full of crayon nibs, don't toss them out! Fill silicone cupcake holders with broken crayon bits and bake them at 350 degrees for 2 to 5 minutes. Your kids now have rainbow crayons!

What are your tips on making your stuff last longer?  Share them below!

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