Looking to save a little money, up the ante on your conservation agenda, and amaze family and friends with these product life lengtheners?! Extending the lives of common household, beauty, and office products may not be as challenging as you think. These ideas and tips can show you how!
- Razor blades can be expensive today, with some costing as much as $25 for a set of eight. Thoroughly cleaning and drying the blade after each use is the simplest way to preserve it and prevent oxidation, which breaks down the metal’s molecular content and effectiveness. In many cases this simple step doubles the blade’s lifespan from a couple of weeks to a whole month. Dousing with alcohol before toweling dry (which has a drying effect and can cut through residue) can help eliminate any remaining moisture too.
- Loofahs are little luxury products that help us to keep skin smooth, exfoliated, and consequently flake-free especially in cold, dry weather. Left in warm, moist places, however, they become Petri dishes for bacteria. It’s best to remove them from a shower stall or soap dish. For optimal cleaning and extended lifespans, after every few uses (or once a week) be sure to soak them for at least two hours in a mixture of half a cup white vinegar to a quart of water. Allow to air dry thoroughly.
- Laundry Detergent – It’s a well-kept secret in the large appliance trade that laundry detergent manufacturers recommend using twice the amount of soap necessary for a spanking clean wash. Try using just half for the same results.
- Make-Up – Who doesn’t love a good quality lipstick and mascara? Unfortunately, some can be expensive. For lipstick longevity, storing in a cool, dry, dark place — ideally the refrigerator — to prevent melting will allow you to use only as much as you need. When you get to the bottom of the tube, use a cotton swab to ferret out the last vestiges of lipstick, which may actually last another week. Mascara is the product beauty experts claim garners the most complaints as it tends to dry out quickly. As a measure of prevention, don’t pump the wand in and out of the tube repeatedly when applying. This introduces air into the formula which will lead to drying. Additionally, limiting yourself to one or two tubes at a time (perhaps a warmer, lighter color for day and something more dramatic for evening) will also preclude the tendency for it to dry out as you are using it up faster than if you had four or five tubes lying around.
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