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?


Left-Handed Housewife said...

I've been doing the same old things--using cloth grocery bags, trying to not overbuy at the grocery or waste food at home. I'd like to reduce the amount of energy we use in the house--one day I hope we'll get solar panels.

Nice your girls are the ones who usually do dishes!


Tracy said...

I'd love solar panels too. The cost of installation is abominable though.

Left-Handed Housewife said...

Yep, that's why at this point solar panels are just a hope. I'm also hoping that one day we'll get rich enough to buy some!