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Simple Life Challenge: Try to get the very last possible use out of something

post #1 of 10
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That last little bit of peanut butter or mayo out of a jar.

 

Use half a junk-mail envelope to write your grocery list and hold your coupons.

 

Cut the tube open--makeup, toothpaste, whatever (I recently did this with some BB Creme and so far got four more applications from the "empty" tube!  There is still enough makeup in there to last at least one or two more days.  Normally I would have just tossed it, but I do my makeup at work before start time and I had ran out.  Now that I know how much is left in there, I'll make cutting it open a habit.)

 

Reuse a sandwich bag that had been used for crackers.

 

Use the back side of a piece of paper to make a list or as scratch paper.

 

Come back and share what it was you were able to squeeze one final use out of.

post #2 of 10
I pour hot water into my empty dish detergent bottle to get 1 or 2 more sinkfulls of suds.
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

Welcome! 

 

That's a good idea for soap, conditioner and body wash/hand soap as well.  The second use might get cold for the shampoo and conditioner, but it works.

post #4 of 10

The one thing I regularly do this for is Bath and Body works body cream.  I had an "empty" tube lying on my desk so I just cut it open.  There's another week's worth inside.

 

Here's a tip I do for this: I cut the top inch or so off, then I cut out the empty middle.  I put the top back on as a lid until the tube is truly empty.  This keeps it from getting dried out and gross.

 

post #5 of 10

This is one of my favorites - getting the last glass of wine out of a box.  Break open the box and cut the bag.  There's almost an entire glass left.

 

 

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post #6 of 10

I rinse out the last of my shampoo, conditioner, fabric softener etc.  I also take the cap off and lean my dish washing liquid bottle against the wall over night so the contents all drip into my built in dispenser on the back of the sink...lol  I cut the end of tubed stuff all the time.

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 

Good ideas!

 

Hadn't though about saving the top of the tube, I just folded the top over and wrapped it really tight with a piece of plastic wrap I had in my lunch box.

 

I also wouldn't have thought about the wine (but I rarely drink it, a bottle will last me a week and sometimes I have to freeze the leftovers).

 

I also rinse out the fabric softener bottle, and do the same thing when I have store-bought detergent (I mix it up between homemade, store-bought and soap nuts).

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

Another thing I like to do is any time I have a recipe that calls for melted chocolate, I melt it in a mug in the microwave (if it's just a small amount), but, no matter how hard I try, I can never get all the chocolate out.  So I add milk to the mug, reheat it, and make chocolate milk.  It tastes really good (especially if I had mixed the chocolate with butter or coconut oil).

 

I have a glass jar of Jif "Mocha Cappuccino flavored Hazelnut Spread".  When it gets "empty" I'm going to try making chocolate milk out of it.  I'll end up keeping the glass jar to store dried foods or something else, they're pretty handy.

post #9 of 10

When I get down to the last annoying sliver of soap in the shower, I press it into a new bar.  I do this at the end of a shower, when I'm done, so the old sliver is soft and wet.  The new bar is hard and dry.  I press them together and when I come back the next day, they are like one bar.

post #10 of 10
Just today? Deodorant and Peanut butter for the kids.
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