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Household Saving Tips – Kitchen – Part I

Today, I’m going to talk a bit about some of the saving tips I try to apply in my daily routine. Not only by sustainability thoughts, or the overall financial crisis. I do really think: if we can do things in a way we save, why not??


Make your own garlic butter. Instead of buying ready-to-use garlic butter, you can easily make your own at home. You will need: 2 tbsp butter (room temperature), 4 tbsp olive oil (extra virgin, if possible), 1/2 garlic clove (chopped) and a pinch of salt. Mix it all together and put it into a small container of your choice. Allow it to get harden in the freezer (at least 10 minutes) then keep it in the fridge until you need it.

Reuse bread leftovers. If you have some pieces of bread you won’t use anymore, or it is simply dried, you can use it to make some breadcrumbs.

Reuse cheese. If you have small pieces of cheese which somehow end up in your fridge, you can chill it a bit, then grate it to use later.

Reuse fresh meat bonnes and/or fresh veggies leftovers. You can use the bonnes of fresh meat to make some tasty homemade cubes to use in your dishes. The same applies to fresh veggies leftovers. Just fill a pan with hot water, the bonnes/veggies leftovers, some aromatics, onions and garlic. Then let it cook for at least 1 hour. Then, you just need to strain it, and it’s ready to use.

Reuse water from washing vegetables/fruits. Everytime you wash your veggies/fruits you end up throwing out a lot of water through the sink. Instead of doing it, you can simply wash it using a large bowl full of water and use this water later for other purposes, like watering your plants or cleaning the floor. In this case, you just have to check if the water is free from little waste particles.

Avoid smell from your garbage bags. Once you through away leftovers, your garbage will end up stink quickly, even if it is almost empty. If you cannot simply throught it right away, you can simply use some smaller plastic bags to keep those smelly leftovers, close it tightly and then put it into your trash bin.

Extend your dishwasher product lifetime. You can add some vinegar and water to your dishwasher bottle and even then have incredible good results as vinegar is great taking grease out of dishes. Please check this post to apply the right measures.

Extend the durability of your laundry machine. The rubber entrance of your laundry machine is very sensitive. More, if you don’t take some prevent measures, it can be responsible for water leakages and ultimately other damages inside you home. Everytime you use it, you should dry the rubber with an old piece of cloth and let the door open for at least one or two hours to allow it to dry completely. If the rubber have some dirty, you can use vinegar directly on it and then wash it with hot water.

What about you? Please share your saving tips too!


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One thought on “Household Saving Tips – Kitchen – Part I

  1. Really good tips! I didn’t know the one about the laundry machine.

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