While going through my morning routine, a rush in the bathroom to get ready, I realized that I was wasting products and money. Here are some changes I’ve made in the bathroom to save money.
Toothpaste commercials show models using globs of toothpaste. This is not necessary and it is wasteful. A pea-size amount is all you need to keep those pearly whites clean. Some people have given up on toothpaste and instead brush with baking soda, which is much cheaper.
Like toothpaste and shampoo, learning what is the right amount for you is a must. If you are not in high-stress situations, you may just need one swipe. I prefer to stay away from cheap deodorant as my skin is sensitive, but if it the dollar store brands work for you, then go for it. Deodorant is one toiletry item you can get for $1 or less if you combine a coupon with a sale.
A couple months ago, I read that singer Sheryl Crow had apparently stated that she only used one squares per bathroom visit, except during the – um – other times when she needs to use three squares. I thought this was ridiculous and then I read Bargain Babe’s tissue to toilet paper comparison where she found out it was cheaper to use tissues to blow your nose than toilet paper. Her post made me rethink my toilet paper usage and although I won’t be using as few as two squares anytime soon, I am more conscious of how much paper I use and stick to a box of tissues when I get sick.
There are many ways to save water in the bathroom. Bargain Babe suggested collecting the water that runs off when you are waiting for the shower to get hot and using it for a greener way to flush the toilet. Don’t forget to turn off the faucet when you are brushing your teeth and scrubbing in the shower. Keeping your showers short also helps, something I’m still working on. If you are really dedicated to saving water consider this: if it’s yellow, let it mellow – if it’s brown, flush it down.
A lot of people tend to overuse shampoo causing their hair and scalp to dry out. To save money on shampoo and keep your scalp from drying out, try washing your hair every other day or use dry shampoo. Not only will you stop spending so much money on shampoo, you’ll spend less time in the shower, saving water! If you can’t go without washing your hair, use the right amount of shampoo for your hair length.