Air Your Soap
I am a firm believer in this. I remove the paper wrapper on the new bar of soap and let it air for about 7 days or, more before using. This allows the soap to harden more so when you start using the soap it lasts longer and there is no loss of lathering power when you do this.
Shake Off a Wet Razor
After using your razor it's a great idea to shake off the excess moisture. Once you do that go a step further and dip the razor blade in a bit of rubbing alcohol. This removes the moisture and cleans the blade which will stop any rusting from happening. Store away from water and this will save your blade for further use. Told my DH this months ago and his blades are lasting on average probably an extra month or, more.
Storing Your Lettuce
Seal it in a zip lock baggie with a moistened paper towel. This will add days to the life of your salad greens. Better yet... do as I did and switch the paper towel for a kitchen towel. which helps you in saving the environment and your money.
(Also.... you are washing and air drying your zip lock baggies aren't you? We generally get 3 uses from each baggie if they don't get really awful from the first or, second use. I figure we are paying 2/3 less for these baggies when reused.)
Separate Your Bananas
Bananas make a gas called ethylene. This gas causes your bananas to ripen faster. If you separate the bananas from each other it slows down the ripening process and keeps them yellow longer.
Flip Your Mattress
I learned this from MS (Martha Stewart) years and years ago. I try to remember to do this at least every 3 months or, so. This will lengthen the life of your mattress. Don't just flip side to side... also flip top to bottom. I actually have marked with indelible ink both side of the mattress with an "A" on top on one side and a "B" on the bottom of the other side reminding me not to forget the flipping top to bottom. And, while we are discussing mattresses, don't forget to flip your living room couch and chair cushions. With the couch cushions remember to swap the cushion's positions from one side of the couch to the other.
Cut Down on Cleaners
I have already switched and am cleaning lots of things with vinegar and baking soda to cut costs. But, if you haven't made the switch yet try this. Cut down by half the amount of toothpaste, detergent, soap or, shampoo you are using. You most likely won't even notice the difference.
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