When I first got married, this is something I did that received one of those “looks.” You know….the one that says, “WHAT are you doing?” without actually using any words. For some reason, I just LOVE those looks. It proves to me I haven’t conformed and “sold out” after all. I’m still original. I haven’t meshed. I’m thinking outside of the box. Even though, to me….it seems a completely normal thing to do….and I know some of you do it too!
As our products dwindle, the plan is to buy less replacements and make more of our own homemade ones like toothpaste, soaps, etc. (like Mom Photographer did here with her deodorant and face cream and Lesley does with laundry detergent). If you don’t have the time or patience or any interest at all in making your own products, you can still squeeze out that last drop.
Shoot yeah! Get your money’s worth.
I add water to the shampoo bottle, shake it up and pour it over my head. I can usually get a few more shampoos out of it. (Guess who else is doing that now?)
I cut open the toothpaste container, add water to my toothbrush and swish it around in there. It lasts another two weeks! (I place the opened toothpaste in a Tupperware container to keep it from drying out. Or you can use a Ziploc baggie. Great way to reuse old baggies!)
When the deodorant comes to an end, I take it apart, recycle what I can and use the very last bit by pressing it against my armpits with my fingers. (I do it over the sink as little pieces do escape to the floor.) I haven’t bought deodorant in a year. I’ve been using my husband’s left over pieces. (BUT I’ve found an even better solution I really think you’ll like…. future post!)
When the dish soap comes to an end, I fill it with warm water, shake it up and use it to clean out the sink. It lasts weeks.
I do this with everything, often scraping out the remainder with a spatula. My man never says anything. I’m saving the man money, right? Some of the tough plastic is a bit tricky to cut open, but if you do it very slowly and carefully….well, I’ve never cut myself. If you try this—PLEASE be careful with the scissors!! And kids shouldn’t even attempt it. It’s just too tough for their little hands.
We grew up doing this. And one of my favorite stories is about my niece and my sister. The conversation:
My sister: “We’re out of toothpaste, honey. Can you go get mama another tube?”
My 6-year-old niece pattered back in the room with the scissors, sliced the flat toothpaste tube in half, pried one end open with her tiny fingers and handed it to my sister. “Here you go mama. There’s still some in there.”
My sister stared at her dumbfounded. “Who taught you to do that?” she asked.
“You did, mama.”
Our children will learn a non-wasteful lifestyle if they are taught. (It will be the norm to them. And they will in turn, pass it on to others.)
Do you use the last bit?
Great alternatives from sulfate-free shampoo to toothpaste tablets:
- Wealth by toothpaste (year-struck.com)
- A Heartfelt Post (jrliggettsblog.com)
- Alterna Bamboo UV+ Color Protection Shampoo & Conditioner (productexcess.wordpress.com)
- Awesome Alert: We Have Reached the Toothpaste Singularity (bellasugar.com)