10 Of The Best Tips to Make Things Last Longer

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There are so many things around the house we take for granted. From what is remaining in the end of a tube of toothpaste to dryers and dishwashers. We spend a lot of money on things around the house.  And not just money, but time picking up those things or waiting on repairmen. Spending a few extra minutes to get the remainder from a tube or taking care of appliances can delay the need to replace them!

That’s why I set out to find a few tips to save you those hard earned dollars. Bloggers face the same issues we do and often have great tips, especially in the area of saving money. Let me know what worked for you.

Make Your Flowers Last Longer

Fill a vase with equal parts water and lemon-lime soda (like 7 Up or Sprite). Throw in either a penny or two aspirins. (They minimize the growth of bacteria and fungi.). Trim the stems of the flowers and foliage. This opens the wound to reenable them to hydrate.  Place them in the soda and water mixture and arrange.  From AL.com

Make Your Dryer Last Longer

Most of us don’t give our dryers much thought except to dry our clothes but, let’s face it, dryers are pretty expensive. Cleaning it is an important factor in making it last longer. This lint cleaner is a step in the right direction to make sure that it’s working properly not to mention reducing the fire risk.

Soap Holder

This amazing tip come from the Krazy Coupon Lady. Honestly, I get so many great tips from her! Basically, it helps minimize waste and makes the bar last longer.

Cut Sponges 

Cut sponges and magic erasers in half. They are just as durable and effective as the whole sponge.  From Apartment Therapy

Faded Patio Furniture Fix

If your patio furniture is starting to fade, apply a thin layer of car wax and then wipe off. Tip: Do one chair at a time. The longer you leave it on, the harder it is to get off. From Hip 2 Save

Candles

Extend The Life Of Your Stuff

Extend the life of your candles by placing in the freezer before you use them. Freezing hardens the wax making them a slower burn. From One Good Thing by Jillee

Mascara

Basically, all you need to do to extend the life of your mascara is add some eye drops in the tube. It’s simple as that!

Cut Your Toothpaste

Simply cutting your tube of toothpaste, when you can’t squeeze anymore out, will allow you to remove what’s inside. This actually works on anything in a tube! From One Good Thing by Jillee

Dish Soap

This is one trick I’ve actually tried! Pour your dish soap in an olive oil bottle (I got one complete with stopper at dollar tree!). The bottle dispenses the soap slower so that you’ll use less. From One Good Thing by Jillee

Dishwasher

Extend the life of your dishwasher by using water at least 125 degrees and powdered detergent vs. gel. From The Sierra Club

 

 

I know it’s obvious that we can save money on things in our home by  maintaining them, however I also know some things are unintentionally taken for granted. Hopefully I have shed some light on some of those we both have missed and provided ways to make your things last longer so you save more time and money.

If you have any other tips that you use, add them in the comments below!

 

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