make-up wipes frugal tip

by Marike
(Kent, UK)

If you use make-up or cleansing wipes, take out of the packet, cut all of them in half and keep in a zip up bag or airtight container - half a wipe really is enough to remove make up at the end of the day.


Comment from kate
I so agree with this frugal tip. I use facial wipes every day because water and soap drys my skin.

the first time I bought the facial wipes i couldn't believe how big each tissue was. It was so wasteful and yes all you needed was half the size.

So cutting them in half and keeping them in a sealed bag is such a great money saving idea. The seal able bags will probably also be better than the seal able covers the tissues come in which always seem to loose their stickiness really quick meaning that the tissues dry out before i use the last one.

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Use Shampoo as handwash -Frugal Living Tips

by Helen Love
(Northern Ireland)

I buy a litre bottle of really cheap shampoo, which is nice enough itself to be used as shampoo and bodywash, and I part dilute it for handwash, and also add tea-tree oil to some of the handwash for its anti-bacterial properties.
The shampoo costs 22p per litre, so I get 300 ml shampoo and bodywash, along with 200ml each handwash and anti-bacterial handwash for say 25p!

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Homemade Deodorant

by Tina

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A friend of mine gave me this recipe for making your own stick deodorant. I thought it was worth a go and am so glad I did. It is so simple to do and there are no nasty chemicals in it to irritate your skin.

So the next time your solid stick deodorant is finished don't throw away the plastic container, fill it with your own homemade deodorants.

you need
1 cup corn starch
1 cup baking soda
Coconut oil

Mix the corn starch and baking soda together and then add a tablespoon full of the coconut oil. Stir and add more corn starch or oil until you make the consistency similar to silly putty or Plastacine. Then cram your stick deodorant container full of the mixture and place in the fridge to solidify for about an hour or so.

Thats it. If you use it properly it won't leave any marks on your clothing and keeps me dry all day.

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Homemade Baby Wipes

by Angela Scott
(Alliance, NE)

1 roll of Bounty paper towels (it has to be Bounty, other paper towels
will disintegrate)
1 gallon size ice cream bucket, clean of course

2 cups water
2 T. baby oil
1 T. rubbing alchohol
1 T. baby bath

Cut the roll of paper towels into 3 smaller rolls with an electric knife and place it into the ice cream bucket. Then mix the other ingredients together and pour over paper towels. Let it soak for 30 minutes and then remove the cardboard roll. Last, cut an X in the lid of the ice cream bucket to dispense your wipes.

This recipe can also be used to make kitchen and bathroom wipes as well. Just substitute all the ingredients except the water with your favorite cleaner/disinfectant. I use vinegar because my children help clean with them and it is safe for them to get on their hands or even in their mouths. I did not come up with this recipe on my own, I found it from a mother of 16, But it has saved us a lot of money.

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