How to Make Everyday Items Last Longer

Are you tired of making unplanned trips to the store because you’re out of toiletries or even printer ink? There are certain steps you can take to make everyday items last for a longer period of time.

Candles

Help the candle wax burn slowly and evenly by putting your candles in the freezer for a few hours before using them. Another thing you can do is trim the candle wick to about ¼ inch before lighting it. Trimming the wick every few hours can extend the life of a candle by about 25%.

Clothes

One of the simplest things you can do to extend the life of your clothes is to skip the dryer completely. Air-dry your clothing when possible. If it’s necessary that you use the machine, avoid overloading the washer and dryer with clothes. Filling up your washer to the brim may seem like the easiest way to get things done, but it’s actually doing more harm than good as your clothes won’t get clean as efficiently.

Food

The most common cause of food spoilage is improper storage. Take the time to research how to properly store the foods that you regularly have in your kitchen.  For example, tomatoes should be stored at room temperature until fully ripe for best taste, then you can place them in the refrigerator for a few more days to extend their life.  Also, you should never keep a bottle of olive oil on the counter near the stove as exposure to light and heat will cause it to oxidize and lose its quality.  Instead store it in a cool dark place.

Laundry Detergent

Next time you do the laundry, try using half the amount of detergent as you normally use. Using more detergent won’t necessarily make your clothes any cleaner. Experiment with using a half or a third as much as usual and see how your clothes turn out.

Markers

Markers dry out extremely quickly. Make it a point to keep the cap on whenever they aren’t in use. When they seem dried out, store them vertically (with the tip down) for a day. You can also try dipping the marker tips in alcohol to revive them.

Mattresses

Make it a point to rotate and flip your mattress regularly in order to prevent premature sagging from occurring.  If yours is a pillow-top variety you may only need to rotate the mattress.

Printer Ink

The simplest way to save on printer ink is by printing only what you really need to print. You can also opt to change your printer settings from the default to the lowest available print quality and you can also choose the grayscale color option.

Shampoo and conditioner

The best way to store your shampoo and conditioner bottles is upside down. By keeping the bottles upside down, you’ll use up every little drop – including the liquid that always gets stuck at the very bottom of the bottle. Just when you think you’re out of shampoo, try adding two or three capfuls of water and shake the bottle.

Shoes

There are a number of things you can do to make your shoes last longer. Always do your best to keep them clean and dry. Avoid permanent damage to your shoes by cleaning and wiping off any scuff marks and dirt as soon as you notice them.

Toothpaste

Most of us use too much toothpaste, but a pea size amount is all that you need. If you think you’ve reached the end of the toothpaste tube, try cutting off the end of the tube with a pair of scissors. You’ll find yourself with enough toothpaste for a few more brushings!

These simple tips are great ways to extend the life of your everyday items. Try them out and you’ll surely see the difference in your budget!

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