I tend to get things like deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo, etc for very little money by shopping the sales at C*VS and Wal*Greens. But just because I don't pay a lot for it, doesn't mean that I don't have the same regard for the product.
Meaning, I try my best to NOT be wasteful of anything. No matter how much or little it cost.
So even though I (at this time) won't pay more than 50¢ for deodorant, it still bugs me to no end looking at all the product that is left in the container when it's "empty".
So I decided to do something about it.
There are 5 of us here using deodorant, so there are almost always empty containers. I'd asked everyone to not throw them away for the week and ended up with 3.
In the two smaller ones the little plastic piece came all the way out and I cleaned it out with a toothpick.
In the larger container the bottom stayed in place, so I decided to use this one to refill.
I popped the deodorant chunks in the microwave for just a very few seconds a couple of times, watching it closely. It started to get liquid within seconds. Then I stirred it around to make it more smooth.
It started to get solid again very quickly. Almost before I could get it in the container. I used a plastic spoon and packed it as tightly as possible. Within 2 minutes I had this.
This was actually about half of the tube twisted up, I didn't want to press my luck. This is what my husband and I have been using for over a week now.
I realize this isn't going to enable me to buy a car or home or send my kids to college. But I do believe it's how you handle the little things that mold how you'll handle the bigger ones.
My Great-Grandmother used to say, "Take care of your pennies, you're dollars are big enough to take care of themselves."
And next week I'll expound on that thought. :)
ETA - Now that I know this will work and that I'll do it regularly, I'll get a specific plastic bowl and spoon that I keep just for this purpose so as not to waste paper plates and spoons. I also wanted to point out a price comparison post that I did a couple of days ago that might be of interest to you frugal ladies.
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