Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Making Drugstore Products Last

This post is part of Works for Me Wednesday at We Are That Family!

I can often get fabulous and even free deals on drugstore products, such as toiletries and cleaning supplies, but I can't always get a great deal on everything when I need it. A few items, such as laundry detergent, I can get for reduced prices but rarely close to free. That is why I do my best to make these products last as long as possible, so that preferably I never have to buy them full price just because I ran out. Here are a few tricks I use and other ideas to make your products last as long as possible:

- Cut dryer sheets and Shout Color Catcher sheets into halves or thirds to use. Trust me, you won't notice the difference!

- My friend Ashley told me that when the softsoap container gets down to the bottom she refills the entire container with water and gets another whole bottleful of diluted soap. Soaps like that are often so concentrated anyway that the diluted version works fine.

- Examine how much shampoo, conditioner, and shaving cream you use. Have you ever noticed how quickly these products flow out of the bottles, forcing you to take more than you need? It might be worth it to try switching these products to bottles with smaller openings.

- Keep bottles of lotion upside down when they're getting low so that the remaining lotion flows to the bottom and comes out easily when you want it.

- Press small slivers of a bar of soap into the new bar, where they will adhere. Otherwise, the small pieces tend to break up and fall down the drain when you try to use them.

Do have any tips for making products last longer? Please share in the comments section!


  1. nice tips - I hadn't heard most of them before. I esp. like the soap ones, we're always washing our hands around here!

  2. Thanks for the tips... dude its full of knowledge

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  3. I like the foaming soap pumps, they make soap last FORever!

  4. Cut open the toothpaste tube when you think you are done with it and use the toothbrush to scrape up the toothpaste left in the tube. I can usually get enough toothpaste for a few more cleanings.


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