Everyone loves saving money. I don’t like to generalize, but I’ve never heard someone say “nah, throw that money down the drain!”. Yet, that’s exactly what I was doing when I used to use too much product when cleaning, or when I didn’t know how to take care of my cleaning tools. Since you probably want to save money too I want to show you some ways that you can waste less, so that you can save more. (Not to mention it’s also better for the environment, and we all need to be good stewards of the environment right now!) So read on for 10 ways to waste less, and keep more money in your pocket.
Make Your Sponge Last
While you might think that you have to get rid of your sponge the second it starts smelling or if you have wiped up something gross, think again. Rather than tossing it, consider cleaning and disinfecting your sponge. There is an easy way to do it that is more responsible than tossing it away, not only for your wallet but for the environment to.
To clean your sponge: Fill a bowl with equal parts water and white vinegar. Immerse the entire sponge in the liquid and microwave it for five minutes. When it’s done, let it cool. Use tongs to remove the sponge that you have now deodorized, and rid of bacteria – go ahead and use it again.
Reuse Paper Towel
You may or may not know this, but paper towel can actually be reused. I wouldn’t advice it for especially gross cleanup jobs, but for day to day cleanups such as juice spills on the counter, you can easily reuse the towel. Take the paper towel over to the sink, ring it out, rinse it, ring it out again and wipe another surface.
2° Cooler, 2° Hotter
I always love being cozy in the winter, and cool in the summer, but even I can admit it is pretty irresponsible to go full out with heating and air conditioning. This winter we decided to take the thermostat down by two degrees (and I’m surviving). I layer on sweaters and slippers, but frankly it’s worth it for the positive difference we see on our bill. We do the same in the summer by kicking the thermostat up two degrees. Instead we are careful about closing window coverings to keep sunlight out and the house cool. 2° makes a very small difference when living day to day, but a big difference on your bill at the end of each month.
Start a Bag System!
I’d love to know in the comments down below if you guys have your usable bags that you take shopping with you or if you’re still using plastic bags. Where I live in Toronto, they charge you for plastic bags and not to mention, plastic bags clog up landfills. If you research how long it takes for a classic bag to break down, it’s depressing. Chad and I recently went to the Container Store and picked up a fantastic bag system that we now bring with us whenever we go grocery shopping, so we don’t have to use plastic bags. We also found a really great mesh bag replacement for produce which we bring with us as well. I’ll link both of those down below for you in the description box.
Reusable Bag System: http://amzn.to/2iVP9EL
Pickle Juice Power
If you like anything that’s pickled, before you toss that liquid down the sink, think again. Pickle juice doesn’t really have a negative environmental impact, but it can have a really positive impact on your food. You can brine chicken in pickle juice. This is what one very successful chicken franchise does to make their chicken taste extra amazing. You can add it to hummus and salad dressings, you can throw it in a cocktail, or steam veggies in it. I’ve heard it works as a meat tenderizer, and you can use it again to pickle other foods. There are a lot of cool things you can do with pickle juice. So, use it, before you toss it.
On the topic of pickle juice, I’m sure you indulge in pickles and jams and olives and all kinds of other good stuff that comes in jars. Instead of tossing empty food jars, breathe new life into them by cleaning them out and re-using them for leftover storage in the fridge and the freezer – you can also use empty jars for a whole host of storage ideas. I use an old soup jar for cooling iced tea, and I have soup in an old pickle jar. I also have spices which I’ve contained in old spice jars that I’ve cleaned out, deodorized and then reused.
Switch to Digital Subscriptions
If you currently get your paper or magazines delivered to your home, you gotta get with the times. It is 2017 (or maybe 2019 when you’re reading this, I don’t know but I’m sure this will still be relevant). A lot of companies are now offering you the ability to subscribe to their content online. Not only is this easier for you to manage at home because there’s less paper for you to have to deal with, but you can also save content a lot easier, and usually, if you subscribe online, you get offers and access to a lot of other things that you wouldn’t necessarily get from paper deliveries. For example, an app like Texture gives you access to hundreds of magazines every month instead of just one subscription. So, think about making that switch.
Turn Your Water Off
Obviously, you’re going to need to use water for things like brushing your teeth and washing your dishes. But water is a scarce resource and we all need to treat it with respect. Not to mention, we are paying for it. To save on water make sure that when you’re washing dishes, you’re turning water off when you’re not using it to rinse or fill your sink, and the same goes for when you’re brushing your teeth or washing your face. Make the mental note to only use water during those brief moments that you need it, and trust me you will notice the difference on your water bill.
Use Reusable Napkins
Reusable napkins are not just for “fancy” people, they are for everybody, trust me. I used to think that reusable napkins were going to be a total pain and extra laundry that I’d have to do but they were much more convenient in the end. You don’t have to buy more constantly, because you won’t run out like with paper napkins. I put my napkins in with my cleaning cloths, so it’s no extra work, and I rest easy knowing it’s a more responsible choice for the environment – after all you can’t recycle paper towel or napkins.
Wash In Cold, Hang To Dry
If you want a great way to save money, think about the way that you do your laundry. Unless you absolutely need to do your laundry in hot water, and there are some times where that will be the case, use a cold wash cycle instead. It’s going to save money because you don’t have to heat up that water and then, when it comes to the dryer, unless the dryer is essential think about hanging your garments to dry instead. The dryer is a total electricity hog, even the efficient ones are still going to cost you money to run every single time.
What do you do to save more and waste less? If you want to know even more about cleaning (and a whole chapter on laundry alone) check out my book. Thanks for reading, good luck cleaning!
10 Common Cleaning Mistakes: https://youtu.be/d3BZT4X9Qk8
6 Habits for a Cleaner Home: https://youtu.be/_P-SE18JF6I
10 Things to Toss Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_BSZe1bw8BBtK1DGyz2V14vbvpHEhq9_