Making Things Last Longer

EXTENDING THE LIFE OF YOUR THINGS

Bridget C. Williams

CLOTHES

A simple way to stretch the life of all your clothes? Skip the dryer. All that heat just isn’t good for your clothes. Also rotate your wardrobe.  Store clothing properly. The biggest concerns are insects and mold. Most basements and attics lack the adequate temperature and humidity control. Don’t use Cardboard boxes. They trap moisture, which leads to mold growth and clothes deteriorating. Store clothing in a zipped-up, breathable garment bag.  You can use plastic Containers/bins. Not too many people use trunks anymore for clothing. You can use laundry sheets to keep the clothes smelling nice.  I heard some people use soap.

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HYGIENIC ITEMS

Shower Gel

Apply your shower gel to a loofah, instead of to your skin, and a small squirt will produce endless lather.

Hand Soap

Purchase a foaming hand soap dispenser, and turn your regular hand soap into foaming hand soap. You’ll be amazed at how far you can stretch one bottle of soap.

Razors

Dry the blades off after each use, and they’ll stay sharp longer.

 

FOOD

Flour:  Keep whole wheat flour chilled. High oil levels in the wheat germ can make this baking staple go rancid if kept in the pantry too long. If you use it infrequently, store in an airtight container in the fridge, where it can last two to six months. Sniff to check freshness — it should be almost completely odourless. Toss it if it smells sharp or bitter. (Regular white flour can last about a year in the pantry in an airtight container.)

Spices: Stash red spices in the fridge. Paprika, cayenne powder, and chili powder will stay fresher and keep their bright color — which can be dulled by light and heat — longer.

Honey: Revive crystallized honey by placing the jar in a frying pan on the stove with simmering water; stir the honey until the crystals have dissolved. Don’t keep honey in the fridge, which can make it crystallize. Honey can last forever even once opened (pots of it have been excavated from ancient Egyptian tombs, still preserved) because enzymes in bees’ stomachs create by-products that fight bacteria.

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For information on this topic: Ways to Cut Spending Saving money is not about being stingy

The book and guide are on Amazon

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