Tuesday, 25 September 2012
Frugal Files: Stopping Wastage
Last time I was in Costco I decided to give Dawn dish-washing liquid a go. I have to say I absolutely love it. It works well, smells nice, has great suds...what more could a girl want? Because when it comes to washing up I'm all about the smell and the suds. If it smells yuck or it doesn't stay sudsy then I try to find ways to get rid of it. Or I shove it unceremoniously to the back of the cupboard for use in emergencies.
My one problem is that I don't do the dishes all that often because the girls share the task on alternating evenings. And my how they go through detergent! A 350ml bottle was lucky to last two weeks. How on earth do they do that?! When I began using the Dawn I decided I didn't want that enormous bottle being emptied in the space of but a few weeks so I came up with a plan. The ultimate "reduce, reuse and recycle" plan....for my little world anyway. I foraged about in the cupboard beneath the sink and pulled out this pump dispenser that came home with who-knows-what in it (Dh often brings home samples of things). It had been emptied, cleaned and awaiting some important future task so I filled it with Dawn and put the big bottle away again.
The girls have been happily using the pump dispenser which delivers a metered dose. The three of us decided 2-3 pumps was plenty for a sink full of water. Each smaller bottle full lasts a few weeks and we're all happy.
What have you done to "reduce, reuse or recycle" lately?