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    32 Ways To Make Everything You Own Last Forever

    Because your grandkids are definitely going to want your black skinny jeans.

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    1. Eke a few more days out of those bananas you bought in bulk with some ~reusable~ produce-saving bags.

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    These BPA-free bags promise to keep produce and fresh-cut flowers fresh for 10 times longer than without the bags. Once you use them, wash with water and let air dry. Each can last about 8 to 10 uses.

    Get a pack of 30 gallon-size bags from Amazon for $7.99.

    2. Keep your dryer's lint trap clear of debris with a brush to make drying cycles/the appliance more effective for longer.

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    Also, built-up lint is a fire hazard! Make it a part of your weekly cleaning routine.

    Promising review: "It does what I need it to do. Gets down into the vent and pulls out 'fuzz.'" β€”Terry

    Get it from Amazon for $8.68.

    3. Carry a retractable lint roller in your bag and prioritize removing dirt, dust, and other stuff from your clothing.

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    Clean, well-cared-for clothes tend to last longer. And if your sweaters aren't covered in cat hair, you'll be more apt to wear them often as part of new ensembles instead of buying new pieces of clothing.

    Get them from The Container Store for $6.99 each or Amazon for $9.90+ each.

    4. Remove sweat stains from otherwise OK white shirts with some simple household products.

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    Yep, you guessed it! It involves baking soda, dish soap, hydrogen peroxide, and a scrub brush. Get the deets on One Good Thing by Jillee.

    5. Store onions, garlic, and shallots in a punched paper bag for months at a time.

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    Get the deets on The Yummy Life.

    Get the supplies from Amazon: hole punch for $4.89 and pack of 100 brown paper bags for $7.38.

    6. Revive the dark hue of your perfectly worn-in black jeans with a dose of black dye.

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    A $2.98 bottle of black dye isn't nearly as steep as a new pair of *cheap* $25 jeans. Watch the Nifty video explaining how it works here.

    Get an 8-ounce bottle of black fabric dye (enough for a pair of jeans) from Amazon for $2.98.

    7. Clean puffer coats into a presentable state and keep them in your outerwear rotation by machine washing them at home.

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    Yes, you can really do this. But always, ALWAYS refer to the manufacturer's tag before you clean a coat. Most down/puffy coats can be machine washed. Take off any washable attachments and put them in a mesh laundry bag. (These bags are also OK to put in the dryer.) And obviously, don't wash the non-washable attachments (like fur collars). Wash and dry according to the tag's instructions. But don't become disheartened when you see your coat reduced to a wet, crumpled shell of what it once was. It'll look clean and plump again once it dries.

    And if your coat's tag reads "Dry Clean Only," you can whip out some Woolite sheets. (A pack of six sheets will last you 36 washes, which clocks in at far less $$$ than dropping it off at your friendly neighborhood dry cleaner.)

    Get the supplies from Amazon: set of five mesh laundry bags for $9.89 and pack of six Woolite sheets for $8.88.

    8. Invest in a handheld steamer to freshen up your duds. (Especially if you hate the smell of at-home dry-cleaning kits.)

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    A general rule for clothing: If steaming or letting it air out will make it smell better and look clean again, opt for that instead of washing it. It'll take less of a toll on fabrics and materials...if you can stand wearing something twice.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    If you're willing to make bigger investment, this other steamer is a total rock star for $75.35.

    9. Stop mangling your bras in the wash with some specialty laundry bags that'll help cups keep their shape.

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    And while you're at it, never invert the cups...even for storage purposes!

    Promising Review: "The fine mesh doesn't allow bra hooks to push through like the others I've had, catching on something else in the wash and creating a twisted ball of items. The round-shaped bags are also a brilliant concept to keep the bras safely inside without getting all twisted up like I often experienced with the basic large square/rectangular bags. Washing lingerie or delicates in these bags with the little pocket where the zipper slides into is a breeze!" β€”Meiburg

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $11.99.

    10. Remove product buildup from hot styling tools like curling irons and flat irons so they actually do their jobs again.

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    And avoid dropping $25 (if you're lucky) on a new curling or flat iron. Get all the deets on Nifty.

    11. Stick tights in the freezer after you buy them to help prevent runs.

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    We could talk conspiracy theories all day about the big tights conglomerate that is draining your bank account during the fall and winter months. (No, I'm the only one who can babble on about that?) BUT it can take the smallest thing to ruin a pair of tights β€” unless you wanna look like lil' Jenny Humphrey trotting around the Upper East Side once she became queen bee. Yes, tights from the freezer will be cold, but you know what's also cold? The cash you have in your wallet as a result from not spending all your moola on tights. Eh? EH?!

    Need some new tights? Check out the best tights on Amazon and the best plus-size ones people swear by.

    12. Microwave sponges to cut down on your sponge spending β€” or just cut sponges in half.

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    Fully saturate the sponge with water (Β½ cup for cellulose and ΒΌ cup for scrub sponges like the one pictured), then stick it in the microwave on high (two minutes for cellulose and one minute for scrub). The sponge should be fine, but don't ever leave stuff unattended in a microwave! Check out all the (filthy) reasons why you should be cleaning your sponges on Good Housekeeping.

    And when they're beyond microwaving, get a six-pack of scrub sponges from Amazon for $8.99.

    13. Maintain freshness for as much as three times longer with this BPA-free herb saver that can easily store upright in your fridge door β€” when assembled, of course.

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    Promising Review: "I have two of these. One for cilantro and basil. They keep my herbs for about two weeks or more. Have never been able to do that here in Oklahoma." β€”JBA

    Get it from Amazon for $20.52.

    14. Use wool balls instead of liquid fabric softener to prevent buildup on your machines and clothing when doing laundry.

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    Here's an explainer on why fabric softener is bad and dryer balls are good on Deadspin.

    Promising Review: "I really like these dryer balls. I have tried other types of dryer balls and have never been happy with the outcome. I've noticed that it cuts down on our drying time. Because these dryer balls have no scent, I like to add my favorite essential oils. And we are saving money on not having to purchase the high-end, chemical-free dryer sheets." β€”MW

    Get a set of six reusable balls from Amazon for $16.95.

    15. Wash like colors together and air-dry your laundry on a drying rack when possible.

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    Clothes'll take less of a beating when they're spared some drying cycles.

    Promising Review: "Sturdy and holds a lot of laundry, plus the stainless steel is attractive. I finally found a clothes rack that stays up all day. I can even move it without it collapsing." β€”Cheyenne

    Get it from Amazon for $21.88.

    16. Spiff up baked-on cookie sheets with a two-ingredient cleaner made of stuff that's already in your kitchen cabinet.

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    Yep, two ingredients (baking soda and hydrogen peroxide) can save you from buying a new cookie sheet for about $10.24! Get the deets on Nifty.

    17. Coat a cheap ring with clear nail polish to prevent it from turning your skin green and ending up in the trash.

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    Have your Forever 21 jewelry and wear it too. Once dry, the nail polish creates a protective β€” yet temporary β€” barrier between your skin and the cheap materials.

    18. And keep your ~nice~ jewelry gleaming for longer with a sonic cleaner.

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    Promising Review: "My wedding ring sparkles like new! Everyone is asking me if I got a new one for Christmas...nope, this baby has been on my finger for 22 years. I've cleaned every piece of jewelry in my house and even invited friends over to do theirs. Well worth the price. I'm super happy with this purchase." β€”Tammy B.

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+.

    19. De-pot lipstick remnants in to a new container so you can keep enjoying the same source of color for a tad bit longer.

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    Get the (super-easy) details on The Way to My Hart.

    Make more stuff in your beauty arsenal last longer by checking out our ways to get every last drop of makeup.

    20. And keep the makeup that's already on your face looking pristine with this matte-finish setting spray.

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    No reapplying precious foundation at 3 p.m.!

    Promising Review: "I love this setting spray. It keeps my makeup in place all day without feeling heavy or greasy. The bottle seems to last a while as well, which is great. The price is also on par with comparable setting sprays." β€”Sarah Kline

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    21. Lengthen the life of your blinds with a microfiber cleaner that'll get in all the nooks you can't.

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    Promising Review: "Love this tool! I have a house-cleaning business and this is a great timesaver. Several houses we clean have many blinds and wiping them with a cloth is very time consuming. This does a great job by getting tops and bottoms of two blinds at once!" β€”Anne H

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    PS: In a pinch, you can wrap a washable microfiber cloth around a butter knife to get into all the grooves.

    22. Annihilate foundation, eyeshadow, and other beauty potions with this brush-cleaning mat that'll extend your favorite brushes' careers.

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    Promising Review: "Now I don't dread cleaning my brushes. This cleans ALL of my brushes so fast and effectively." β€”Sue

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99. Available in six colors.

    23. Avoid wearing the same pair of shoes two days in a row.

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    Let 'em breathe so odor-causing sweat can properly evaporate. Need a few more shoes in your rotation? Check out our 31 pairs of shoes that only look expensive.

    24. And deodorize shoes that you can't throw in the wash β€” or need constant good-smelling upkeep β€” with these charcoal inserts.

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    Promising Review: "I have a pair of minimalist sneakers that just reeked during this past summer. They were starting to make my entire hallway smell. So I gave these a try. I continued wearing the sneakers daily and put these in them each night. It took a few days before the odor started to go away, but after about a week the sneakers were much fresher. I'm still using them and they are still working just fine. Just leave them in the sun for a day if they start to smell." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.99.

    25. Take a stab at saving a dried-out Sharpie with a dose of rubbing alcohol.

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    This not-a-sure-thing tactic is worth a try on markers you can no longer use anyway. Remove the marker cap and pour a little bit of rubbing alcohol in it. Put the tip of the marker into the cap and wait until you see some ink swirl into the alcohol. Once that happens, recap the Sharpie β€” with the rubbing alcohol still in the cap β€” and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then give it a try. H/T to One Good Thing by Jillee for this trick.

    No dice? Get a pack of 12 Sharpies from Amazon for $6.89.

    26. Buy organic milk. It lasts longer than the regular stuff!

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    And you don't have to refrigerate this kind until right before serving!

    Get this pack from Amazon for $12.99.

    27. Invest in some nail polish thinner (for as much $ as a drugstore polish) to bring your old bottles back to life.

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    Promising Review: "I'd always heard putting nail polish remover in your polish to thin it was bad, so this was a great product idea that really seems to work! It's reasonably priced and you only need one to two drops per polish bottle to do the trick, so I'm sure this will last me a really long time. The polishes pictured had been sitting for a few months and were all thickened and separated, and with two drops per bottle, they were good as new!" β€”Denise Borders

    Get it from Amazon for $5.87.

    28. Remove rust from tools so they last forever and ever.

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    Aaaaaand it requires no special cleaner! Just stuff you already have. Get the deets from Nifty.

    29. Make those white sneakers look blinding again by scrubbing them with toothpaste.

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    Erase gross stains from the white rubber parts of sneakers by gently scrubbing them with some toothpaste (paste, not the gel kind) and some steel wool or an abrasive scrubber. Marvel at the cleaning power on Instructables.

    Get a two-pack of toothpaste from Amazon for $4.96.

    30. Store jars of salsa, marinara, and other jarred refrigerated stuff upside down to prevent mold growth and get out every last drop bc $$$.

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    Concerned about spillage? Place a kitchen towel or stick-on plastic wrap as a barrier underneath.

    Get them from Amazon: salsa for $4.99 and marinara for $3.50.

    31. Revive dried-up mascara (that's less than three months old) by adding some eye drops to the tube.

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    Again! If you've had ANY tube of mascara more than three months, it's time to toss it!

    Get them from Amazon: mascara for $5.03 and eye drops for $2.74.

    Make your stuff last longer with our unexpected beauty hacks.

    32. Sacrifice a a teensy bit of vodka to make a bouquet of fresh flowers last longer.

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    Simply add a few drops of vodka to a teaspoon of sugar to help stop the production of ethylene, which is what makes flowers wilt. H/T to This Old House for this trick.

    There'll still be plenty of vodka left for this.

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