How To Squeeze Every Single Last Drop From Household Products

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Do you get frustrated by things you buy that don’t last as long as they should? Well then, you’re in luck as these five handy tips will help you keep your hard-earned dollars securely in your wallet.

Tips To Make Household Products Last Longer

Lotion Bottles

Sure, you already know to turn a toiletry bottle upside down once it’s almost empty, but did you know that if you cut it open that you’ll be rewarded with enough product to last you another week (or more)? This particular lotion bottle felt empty, but taking a pair of scissors to it gave me access to at least 20 more applications.

Cut open bottle


This tube of toothpaste looks ready for the trash, right? Wrong!


Cut open a supposedly empty toothpaste tube, and you’ll discover another week’s worth of product. Just pinch the top closed between uses to avoid drying out your toothpaste.


Laundry Detergent

If you buy powdered detergent, you may already be aware that the scoop that comes in the box is way too big. (Because yes, the manufacturer would be more than happy for you to accidentally use their product up sooner.) Sure, there are faint lines along the side of the scoop to specify the amount of soap to use, but many of us mindlessly fill it to the top.

Instead, you should remove the honkin’ huge scoop and replace it with the tiny scoop from your Oxyclean detergent. Mildly dirty laundry? Use one scoop. Worked in the garden all day? Use two!

Congratulations! You just cut your laundry detergent bill in half!

Tiny scoop

Kitchen Sponge

If you’re like me and use sponges to wash dishes, then this kitchen hack will literally cut your sponge budget in half, because it turns out that half a sponge cleans your dishes just as well as an entire sponge! As I say to my family:

“What am I, a Rockefeller?”

Cut sponge

Faded Jeans

Have you noticed that your groovy dark rinse jeans fade before they wear out? Then you need to pick up a box of Rit denim blue dye. This blogger was able to rejuvenate six pairs of her faded jeans with a single box of dye.


Not a bad investment considering Amazon sells it for around $5!

Rit denim dye

Final Thoughts

Whether your goal is to squeeze every single drop from your toiletries or you’re working to make your purchases last twice as long, you’d be smart to work these tips into your daily routine.

After all, you’re not a Rockefeller!

Do you have a tip that lengthens the life of a household product? Let us know about it in the Community!