Your A to Z guide to making everything you own last longer
Keeping your appliances in top shape is key to helping them last longer. Replace all of the proper filters when you're supposed
to and make sure you're regularly cleaning them as well.
You can easily make your cell phone, laptop and tablet battery last longer by following these simple tips.
Chill or freeze candles for 24 hours before use to make them last longer (up to twice as long!). The freezer hardens the wax, which slows the burning process.
Two of the biggest ways to preserve data are to close any apps that you aren't using, especially ones that run on the internet like Maps and Youtube and in your settings turn on the WiFi option so you don't waste data when you could be browsing on WiFi.
Set air conditioners on a timer so you’re not wasting energy when you’re not there and be sure to turn off lights when you’re not in the room. For even more tips on how to save your electricity, check out this in-depth article!
Keep fruit in the refrigerator instead of a fruit bowl at room temperature, this will help keep fruit ripe longer.
Follow these tips to make the gas in your tank last longer.
Purchase a foaming dispenser and refilling all of your liquid and gel hand soaps in that from now on. The foaming dispenser uses less soap at a time, making it last longer.
File all of your important documents (think birth certificates, tax files, etc.) and store them in a water and fire resistant box so they're safe from harm. You may want to keep them under lock and key, just to be safe.
Preserve your favorite fruits by making your own jams. Learn how with our complete guide to canning.
If you have wood cabinets in your kitchen do everything you can to keep humidity levels low. Use a mildy soapy solution and wash cloth when you clean, but be sure not to use abrasive products or tools.
Switch from halogen to LED, which last longer and are more energy efficient (saving on your electric bill, too!)
Invest in a mattress cover to help protect against staining and flip your mattresses about twice a year for even wear.
Roll bottles between your hands (don’t shake!) before applying in order to get consistent color – this reduces the potential
for air bubbles, which can shorten the life of your polish. Add a few drops of nail polish thinner to keep your polish from
getting too thick too quickly.
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Re-cork after every glass you pour. Instead of leaving the bottle on your counter or anywhere at room temperature, store in the refrigerator standing up (not on its side) to slow the oxidation process, which causes wine to turn.
Do you have photos that have started to fade or change color because you've had them so long? The easiest way to preserve these precious memories is to make digital copies of them. If your pictures weren’t taken on a digital camera use a scanner (if you don’t have one try visiting your local library or find a friend who has one) to create digital copies of existing photographs.
In order to prevent color fading, only have quilts on display (whether hung like wall tapestries or as a bedspread) for six months at a time. When storing your quilt, avoid putting it in plastic bags, cardboard boxes or chests. The best way to store your quilts to avoid damage is to spread them on an unused bed and cover them with other sheets or comforters to avoid discoloration.
Dry them after each use and avoid storing in the shower where the humidity can speed the oxidization and rusting process.
When sudsing up, use a loofah instead of a wash cloth, which can create lots of soapy lather with very little soap. And if
you already use a loofah, cut down on the amount of soap you squeeze onto it, you'll be surprised how far a little bit will
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Rotate your tires with every oil change (many places will do this free of charge) so they’ll wear more evenly and last longer.
Bought a pumpkin but it's too early to carve it? Preserving it until the right time isn't difficult. Store it in a dry room between 45 and 55°F. When you carve your pumpkin, preserve the pulp by freezing it until you're ready to do something with it (may we recommend pumpkin pie or other desserts?)
If you don’t want to can them they can last in the freezer for a few months. Help yourself out by cutting them however you plan to use them ahead of time and storing them in recipe portions (i.e. one cup in one container).
If you keep your wicker furniture outdoors, protect it with polyurethane, which will help keep it durable for years to come
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If you like to start decorating early, you’ll want to make sure your fresh cut tree can last the whole holiday season. For more tips on dressing your tree and making it last longer, check out this article!
Always follow wash instructions as indicated on tags and labels. To keep colors vibrant for longer, wash in cold water, which prevents colors from bleeding (and will help keep your electric bill low!). Turning clothes inside out before washing can also help them keep their color. And hang or line dry when possible since the dryer can slowly wear away your clothes (the lint trap is trapping pieces of fiber from your clothes -- that means they're slowly falling apart).
Zero interest credit cards can often be a trap. For most of them interest rates sky-rocket after the initial zero interest period. But if you're smart about it and can pay off your card each month in full you can negotiate with the company for a lower rate after that. But don't forget that any card can be zero interest if you pay in full each month.