Friday, January 28, 2011

Frugal Tips-Bathroom

Here is my next post of frugal tips for Friday. These tips I use in the bathroom.

  • Don't wash hair twice. Once is enough. Saves on shampoo.
  • Wash hair every other day. Also saves on shampoo.
  • Take showers instead of baths. Saves water and utilities to heat the water.
  • Keep hot water heater no higher than 120 degrees. Higher increases your utility bill and may scald children or the elderly. 
  • Squeeze toothpaste from bottom to top, when finished cut open and ensure you have all toothpaste out.
  • Clean bathroom with vinegar and water—salt for scrubbing.
  • Use bath towels at least three times. They don't get dirty from just water. As a nurse though, I don't recommend more than three uses because towels can rub off normal skin bacteria and skin cells. 
  • Don't run water when brushing teeth.
  • Install a low flow toilet or add a bottle of water inside the tank to cut down on water usage.
  • Use a bucket to catch cold water when taking a shower until it gets warm enough for you to get in. Water plants with it. 
  • Install a low-flow showerhead.
  • Install a tankless hot water heater. Look for rebates or tax credits to assist in cutting cost.
  • Use a little inexpensive conditioner as shaving cream instead of the expensive shaving cream. (When shaving legs)
  • Dry disposable razors to have them last longer.
  • Rinse hair with a 1/4 cup of apple cider. Works well and cuts away any residues from hair styling products.
  • Use a little baby oil to soften skin instead of expensive lotions.
  • Don't wear makeup or minimal makeup when going out.
  • Use sugar to exfoliate skin.
  • Use baking soda as a face exfoliate.
  • Use a small amount of baking soda mixed in a little shampoo to rub away residues from hair.
  • Limit time in showers or turn shower water off when lathering and turn back on to rinse.
  • Use vinegar and water to mop bathroom floor. Vinegar is acidic and will kill bacteria.
  • Make sure your toilet doesn't run continuously. Either put a dark color of Kool-aid into the tank or squirt a colored shampoo on the inside of the bowl. If there is a leak the Kool-aid will stream down or if using shampoo you will see the water run through it.  
  • Turn off faucets fully to make sure there is not a drip. 
  • To decrease spreading germs, give each family member a cup to rinse with after brushing teeth. Do not reuse. Illnesses are costly—not just financially. Loss of school, work and family time too.  

I hope you find these tips helpful. If I find I have forgotten something I will add them into my last catch all post.

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