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Things I Never Use

by J.V.


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Sitting here, I was just thinking of all the things that I never use:

  • baggies for sandwiches and leftovers (I use reusable plastic containers.)
  • dryer sheets (Clothes get just as soft without them in the dryer.)
  • fabric softener
  • spot free rinse liquid in the dishwasher (And I still don't have spots.)
  • makeup
  • paper napkins (I use cloth.)
  • paper towels
  • Kleenex (I use cloth.)
  • deodorant (Baking soda or rubbing alcohol work fine for me.)
  • hair dye
  • beauty shops (I use a beauty school for some of my haircuts, but mostly I do my own.)
  • finger nail polish
  • hair conditioners (Once in a while, I rinse with diluted vinegar.)
  • washing machine pods (I use powdered or liquid.)
  • dishwasher pods
  • disposable vacuum bags
  • air fresheners (I open windows as needed.)
  • prepackaged mixes
  • processed foods
  • anything in a can (I buy fresh or frozen.)
  • pre-made bread (I make my own bread from scratch.)
  • pre-made pudding (Homemade is best.)
  • bottled water (I make my own distilled water.)
  • beer, wine, or alcohol (I don't drink.)
  • cigarettes
  • liquid body washes (I use Dial soap.)
  • gasoline for my lawn mower (I use a rechargeable electric lawnmower.)
  • lawn chemicals
  • conventional hot water heater (I have tankless water heater.)
  • much gasoline (I have a Toyota Prius Hybrid.)
  • excess water (My water bill is about $35 per month.)

I could go on. The list is endless. I make every possible effort to leave as small an imprint on our small planet as I can. I live healthier, eat well and frugally, use common sense, and watch my pennies and dollars grow.


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