Thursday, 11 February 2016

Day 42 - Saving Money


We buy our washing up liquid through our company, as home is our business address and company premises it can be tax deductable.  But even though because of this, it is not coming under the remit of the Challenge, ie not being bought with the other shopping but purchased instead from the farm supply shop, I still do not waste a drop.

I refill the smaller bottles from the large one ....


... and when the large one is finally empty (each one lasts us about a year) I put a small amount of water in it and swish it all around.  This 'swish' liquid gave me enough pot washing power for an entire weekend.

And when the small bottles are completely empty I fill them with water and give it a shake, I get one wash from the water and then I drop the red top into my next bowl of water for washing pots and let all the washing up liquid 'gunk' soak out giving me another bowl of sudsy washing pots water and a nice clean bottle and top ready for refilling.   I waste nothing.  

Oh and forgot to mention of course the washing up liquid itself is diluted!!   I fill the small bottle up to about two thirds and then top up with tap water.  When we lived in southern England I could get away with one third washing up liquid and two thirds water but here with different water the quantities have reversed.

Today is another No Spend Day.

15 comments:

  1. We always dilute washing up liquid 50/50. If there are too many suds, it can leave 'bubble' marks on flatware.

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    1. I think you have to adapt to the water in the area that you live. When we lived in Cumbria I could use a 50/50 dilution, but in Southern England it was 25/75 and here, as I said it's 75/25. Even so we don't get many suds, but there is enough in the water to properly clean even greasy pots.

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  2. Hi Sue - I decant from a large bulk bottle too but I put mine in a hand wash dispenser as the measured amount stops my husband giving the bottle a mighty squeeze like a 'test your strength' machine

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    1. A very good idea, but we are both 'little squeezers' so we get away with using the normal bottle ;-)

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  3. Seriously! Does watering down any washing up liquid actually make it go further but still make it useable? We buy a big red one from Aldi but it only lasts about a week. I use quite a lot when washing to make sure things are clean. (I cant use fairy it makes my hands itch and sore). I've been trying to find a way to save on washing up liquid and water without compromising cleanliness!

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    1. Seriously!! YES, it does and it is VERY usable. You do not need to use a lot of any decent washing up liquid to make sure things are clean. Soap and hot water are biological and germ killing in their own right and do a great job in making even greasy things come up sparkling clean.

      Don't knock something so vehemently until you have tried it. All washing up liquids make my sensitive skin very sore so I wear rubber gloves to wash up.

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    2. Sorry wasnt meant to sound like i was knocking it. I meant WOW seriously! As in you've just given me the answer i need and have been asking myself for a while now & its so simple. So thanks. Ps i had a bit of shampoo left in bottom of the bottle so i thought why not I'll try. So i did. I watered it down swished the bottle and got loads out. Enough to wash my hair twice! :) I need to buy some marigolds (my sister recommended soaking hands in hand cream put gloves on and wash in as hot water as possible to do dishes coz the heat causes the cream to soften hands and esp with ezcema id like to try this. I bought cheap yellow gloves and the powder inside made my hands worse. So my sister said buy proper marigolds!)

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    3. Ps i am going to re-use the shampoo bottle to water down some washing up liquid in (dont have a small washing up liquid bottle)....so am learning slowly....to reuse and not waste as much! :)

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    4. The downside to the written word is that it can be read out of context, sorry for falling into this trap!!

      Buy decent quality rubber gloves. I get mine from Lakeland when they are on offer '3 for the price of two', they last ten times longer than cheap gloves, have built in hand conditioner and are great for sensitive skin as well as keeping out the heat of very hot water.

      http://www.lakeland.co.uk/21179/Medium-Deluxe-Moisturising-Gloves-%28Size-8%29

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  4. I too buy it in a 4l catering size bottle. It fills my litre bottle 4 times approx. Much better value than the small bottles. I've never added water perhaps I should try a little. I know what you mean about hubbies heavy handed squirts!

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    1. Give it a go, I started by just diluting slightly and then carrying on until I found the right dilution for each area we have lived in.

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  5. It's me that's heavy handed, I do like to see lots of bubbles. I use the Aldi one and its the best I've found here so far.

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  6. Ever thought about writing a Tip book on saving money e.g. watering down washing liquid, using leftovers etc? I bet you could write a great book!!

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  7. I dilute my Aldi washing up liquid with part water and part white vinegar which I buy very cheaply off Amazon in 5l catering bottles. Brilliant for glassware.

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