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Using up "useless" stuff
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Date: 2/13/13 8:55 PM

I got a chap stick that I thought I liked and then found the smell a bit overpowering and didn't want to use it. As I have used chap stick as hand cream and for things like "waxing" thread tips to go through a needle, and because it was a pricier brand, my mind moved to other uses for this thing. I eventually figured out that it would make a great moisturizer, softener for my feet! Just have to remember to wear socks on the hardwood floor when it is fresh as it is a little slippy!

How do you use up stuff?

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Date: 2/13/13 10:44 PM

I also use chapstick rubbed right under my nose, or above upper lip, when I have a bad cold. It prevents the nose area there from getting red and dry and sore and chapped from frequent nose-blowings.....

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Date: 2/15/13 4:08 PM

I'm lucky that working in a daycare gives me a place to recycle things. Stale cereal and grains can be used in the sensory table for kids to dig and pour, small fabric scraps can be used for collage. I have also taken shampoos that I didn't care for to use in water play and I have been wondering if hair conditioner might make a good base for powdered paints?

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Date: 2/15/13 5:21 PM

I have a jar of coconut oil that has most likely go stale but I saw a recipe for a natural dandruff shampoo using coconut oil as an ingredient and I intend to try it.

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Date: 2/15/13 5:54 PM

I save all of my little tiny scraps, the ones that even I think won't fit in a quilt, and edges of fabric, and then I give them to my daughter's friends who teach elementary school in Chicago. They have cut all of the arts programs, and there is not a penny for art supplies. The kids use the bits of fabric to make collages and other pictures.

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Date: 2/15/13 6:23 PM

I have a skin condition that is supposedly exacerbated by the use of SLS shampoos. So, these shampoos are now scrubbing my showers, toilet bowls, etc, etc. I use shampoos for washing fine washables as well.
I am using up all of my laundry detergents so that I can go to more natural eco-friendly products. It's amazing how much I had!
Right now I am 'eating down my freezer'. I am preparing for summer produce so now I am only purchasing absolutely necessary things from the store and using things from the freezer. I must have descended from a squirrel! On the plus side, I think I've almost saved enough for a holiday. (NOT A CRUISE)
You have to be creative.
Old nighties become cloths for my DH in his workroom. Older towels become pet towels. You get the idea....
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Date: 2/16/13 12:41 PM

Having finally got rid of a lot of useless stuff, I am now on a don't buy it unless you have a plan for it. That includes fabric. I menu plan and we have a "Goodwill Box" on the go all the time and I take it to them every other month or when it is full.

The dribs and drabs of shampoo I finally amalgamated into one bottle and it is what I used after aquasize until it was gone. The little bars of soap you end up with gets melded in with the new bar so it gets used up.

There is a quilt shop here that makes dog beds and pillows for our SPCA. They take any and all fabric. I gave a lot of fabric I will never use to them.

Old towels that still have some use I am going to try using for lining for casserole covers and jackets. What the heck, lots of times I have wrapped pot luck dishes in old towels to keep them warm and secured for the journey.

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Date: 2/16/13 3:18 PM

Younger DS informed me shampoo is great to remove grease from his hands after working on a vehicle. I'm sure we have a couple of bottles he could use up!


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Date: 2/19/13 4:03 PM

I bought a big container of hand soap at the dollar store (so big it cost two whole dollars, lol). I HATED it. It smelled beautiful, but it was slimy. I ended up using it as bubble bath, which worked beautifully and used it up quickly.

Does anyone have ideas about how to use up hand creams? I have about ten different kinds and don't want to store them all. I've sometimes used them in the bath, too, but some mix with the water much better than others. Other ideas?

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Date: 2/19/13 4:51 PM

I take the small leftover from bars of soap ,save them up and then tie them into the toe of and old knee high nylon,tie it to the outside faucet and we always have soap available to wash our hands without going into the house during gardening times.

Have also done this when we had people working on remodeling the outside of our house.I hate wasting stuff!!
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