If you use too much of a product, you are throwing money away. The value you are getting out of a package will greatly increase when you use the recommended amount. What’s more, you will probably not even notice a difference in how effective the product is by reducing how much you are using. You can really stretch out your dollars this way! Some things may even last twice as long!
Here are 9 products you are probably using too much of:
Shampoo: For the average person, a dime to quarter size amount will do just fine. If you have especially long hair, you may need a half-dollar size, but if your hair is medium to just below the shoulder blades long, stick with a smaller amount.
Conditioner: Use 2-3 tablespoons. Make sure to run it through your hair all the way to the ends. If you use more than this, you could be weighing your hair down.
Toothpaste: You have seen it on commercials; the toothbrush with a large full strip of paste on it. You think you need that much, right? Actually, the right size is only the size of a pea. Try using that size and you will notice it cleans just as well and your tube will last a lot longer.
Laundry soap: If you have soft water, you only need around 1 tablespoon of soap in an HE washer. If you use too much soap, you can lead to buildup and that musty smell.
Mouthwash: If you are like most people, you use a capful of the stuff. Did you know that you only need 2 tablespoons? Kids can use even less.
Sunscreen: Adults only need around an ounce for their entire body. Most people use this amount on just their backs. Slathering it on thicker does not protect more. If anything, it helps it not soak in as well and is less effective.
Facial lotion: You really only need the size of about a penny. You are probably using twice this much. With facial care products costing so much, you could really stretch it out by using less.
Liquid Foundation: Stick with a quarter size. If you use a sponge to apply, you can get a more even coverage as well.
Bleach: For laundry, you only need ½ cup per full load (top loading machines). To add some to water for dishes, a capful or less will do just fine.
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