But I learned two new tricks this summer about things that I didn't know I could recycle. Baby swim diapers and kitchen sponges.
Swim diapers, which run anywhere from $8-$10 for a pack of only 12 diapers, can be reused. And it's actually pretty simple:
- Let your kid have fun in the pool. If it's only wet, then just slide the diaper off (instead of tearing off the sides).
- Throw it into your wash with the rest of your laundry/baby clothes.
- Instead of putting it into the dryer (it will get crunchy), just let it air dry by placing it over a canned good, bottle of something, etc...
- Reuse (which means you only have to buy one pack for probably most of the summer)
The second thing I've learned about reusing is kitchen sponges. They say you're only supposed to use it for a week, but who can keep up with that? Anyway, I can't stand it when my sponge gets all stinky and mildewy, and it's still pretty much brand new. But I always end up throwing it out because it's makes my hands stink. Well, if it gets stinky, just put it in the silverware tray in your dishwasher when you run a load of dishes, and it returns to being clean smelling. Of course once the sponge gets grungy, throw it out!
What other household tricks have you learned to stretch the dollar a little bit more?