Re-using Houshold Items
March 20, 2007 10:54pm CST
What do you reuse at your house? Do you keep things that most people throw away? Do you cut things in half or use smaller portions to make it last longer? I reuse water bottles to take to work with me. Cases are expensive! I also save deli dishes, the ones that potato salad is dished up fresh in. When I am really tight on money, I have cut my dryer sheets in half to help those stretch until the next shopping trip.
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31 Mar 07
I have not done that, but would definitely consider it! Having 2 young children, we go through alot of clothes in this household, and rarely are they in good enough condition to pass onto a nother family. I am a housekeeper, and I know a few people we clean for have some old rags as you described on hand for their cleaning needs too. I usually go to the thrift store and pick up old white washcloths for my dusting. LOL I can usually get them for about a quarter, sometimes less!!
22 Mar 07
I find that I re-use a good deal of things in mine & my other halfs household. There are so many ways that we can cut corners and save money by doing this. We would be silly not to try our hardest to re-use items we've bought. I think it is such a waste of money when people pay for things that they have right in their own home already. I just think it's better for the environment overall if I re-use items as opposed to buying new ones when I didn't need to in the first place. I know that for instance when I need a tupperware container or I need a container just to store some leftovers I will use an old margarine or sour cream bucket. I find that the only thing you really have to keep an eye on if you're re-heating the bucket in the microwave is that the plastic might have a tendency to melt. That is, only if you leave the bucket in the microwave for a long period of time without supervision. Other than that I keep both of those types of containers because they also offer some variety in size. The margarine bucket is about twice the size of the sour cream one. I also hang on to the old bottles that are leftovers from the spring water packs I buy. As well, pop bottles work just as well for storing liquids. I will sometimes make a bottle or two of fruit punch and include it in my other half's lunch. I also use a two liter pop bottle to keep water for my puppy cold. I find if I take it straight from the tap it's not nearly as cold as it could be. I know she loves cold water very much and I find this is an easy way to keep it that way. Bottles give us the ability to keep beverages we like to drink cool and refreshing as well. I'm glad we don't have to invest in brand new drink containers and we can use what we have to fill what we want. As well, I have a few Folgers containers that I have saved and used to store things like my puppy's food or a large amount of sugar. All I make sure to do when the container is empty is to wash it out a couple times so there aren't any coffee grounds mixed in with whatever I am storing in it. As well as so it doesn't smell like coffee further more. I actually had that happen one time. I think I was storing brown sugar in it and I had missed a small bit of coffee grounds in the bottom of the container. I just know now to clean the bin fully before putting something in it. Silly me! I use the leftover glass jar from the sauerkraut as well that we buy to store soup that I make. I find we also store other things in those jars other than soup. The only thing I noticed with the jars os that the seal between the lid and the jar doesn't exactly keep everything in the jar. It has a tendency to leak a bit more and I have to make sure my other half keeps that from leaking all over the other part of his lunch. They are really helpful because one of my big pots of soup will fit in two or three jars. In conclusion, I feel like it's better to re-use household items as opposed to buying brand new. I think it's better to do this because you can save money. As well, for example if you have a tub of margarine you will get something for free that does the same job as a piece of tupperware. There are plenty other items we try to use over and over again. We just try t make sure that we re-use whatever we can to store different things as opposed to investing money in new containers! . . Thanks for allowing me to share! xx