7 Weird Ways to Save Money in the Bathroom
If you are looking for ways to save money at home, one way to approach the challenge it to evaluate the house as a whole and each room individually to see what you can do to cut costs or find ways to reuse items. Since I have already discussed money saving tips for the kitchen in another article, let’s move on to 7 weird ways to save money in the bathroom.
Can you cut costs in the bathroom?
Among the weird ways to save money in the bathroom, I considered adding at least one that involved toilet paper. However, that is a sacred subject, and I will leave it to the discretion of each individual reader to tackle that challenge alone (although I did read about someone who suggested using junk mail instead of toilet paper—ouch!). Instead, here are suggestions on ways to save money on items or activities associated with the bathroom.
Cheap shower cleaner: Forget those expensive bathroom cleaners. To prevent mildew in your tub or shower, pour white vinegar into a spray bottle and spritz your walls and shower curtain. Let it sit for a minute, then wipe down with a clean cloth (repurposed holey socks or clean rags you have made from old clothing or towels).
Repurposed old shower curtains: Tired, worn out, or just plain old vinyl or plastic shower curtains can be used for a wide variety of weird and not-so-weird purposes that can save you money. They are great as drop cloths when you paint, a catch-all for a car that is leaking oil, an umbrella or poncho if you break down in your car in the rain (keep the curtain in your trunk), as a weed barrier in your garden, or as a “canvas” your kids can use for painting.
Old cloth shower curtains are great for covering outdoor plants when trying to keep off frost or for kids to use to make tents and forts in the backyard. Where can you store those shower curtains? Why, in your freezer of course! (See “7 Weird Ways to Save Money in the Kitchen.”)
Inexpensive hemorrhoid treatment: Bypass the expensive hemorrhoid pads and make your own. Cut up an old but clean washcloth or other small towel into about 2-inch squares or circles. Buy a bottle of witch hazel and use the cloth pieces to apply it. A slightly more costly approach is to buy an inexpensive package of cotton rounds and use those instead of the cloth.
Natural denture cleaner: If you have dentures, you know the cost of denture cleaning tablets can add up. Forget them! Instead, soak your pearly whites overnight in 8 ounces of water plus 1 to 2 teaspoons of baking soda.
Used makeup “tools”: Hold onto that old makeup sponge and dried up mascara brush. The sponge can be used like a tiny paintbrush to get to hard-to-reach places like between a door frame and a wall in a corner, while a dried out (but clean) mascara brush can help remove pet hair and lint from crevices in furniture and even in pockets.
Water savings: If you are in the habit of letting the bath or shower water run until it gets hot, collect that wasted water in gallon jugs and put them in the refrigerator for later use. The average faucet releases 2 gallons of water per minute. In addition, turn off the shower while you lather up for additional water savings.
Nearly free storage space: Need some storage space for bath items or linens but you don’t have a spare closet? Keep your eyes open for a free nightstand that’s missing a drawer or a wooden chair with arms. You can probably get one for next to nothing at a garage sale or one that is sitting on a curb.
A coat of paint or stain that complements your bathroom will transform either piece of furniture into a mini linen “closet.” If you find a cabinet, you might add a shelf where the drawer once was. For the chair, you can add a piece of wood across the arms to form an additional shelf. An applique on the chair back can add a touch of whimsy.
Great grout cleaner: No need to make a run to the big box home stores to buy costly, synthetic grout cleaner for your bathroom: the ingredients you need may be in your kitchen. Add just enough lemon juice to one teaspoon of cream of tartar to make a paste. Apply to the affected grout with a repurposed toothbrush, let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes, then rinse with water. Cream of tartar has natural bleaching abilities.
These are just a few cost-cutting tips for your bathroom—there are scores more! Feel free to share some of your own ordinary or weird ways to save money in the bathroom.
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