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Jul 20, 2011

Dude, You Use Too Much Product.

Really now. You use way too much product when going about your daily lives and providing luscious positive hygiene techniques to yourself. However, since we are lazy and like to picture rather than read, the quaint descriptions of amount usage on packaging is often ignored contributing to an vast overuse of products such as and ESPECIALLY toothpaste and shampoo or conditioner. You probably use too much toothpaste and shampoo. I've added some very special visual elements to assist in the proper usage amounts of products. Wouldn't you like your toothpaste and shampoo to last longer?


Nobody needs as much toothpaste as the bottom picture, even if you have the largest recorded mouth in the world. As you begin to brush your teeth, that small but proper dab of toothpaste will turn into something magical. Believe me, this is PLENTY of toothpaste to clean each and every tooth with. Maybe even TWICE! The only thing the bottom picture will give you is a mouthful of sudsy mouth paste and a severely waning bottle of toothpaste. Now you might say, well you had to waste that toothpaste for the picture! That's not frugal! ...and I'd reply and welcome your criticism. However this is for something else. This is for science. Science is always right. Right?


Before the jokes come in about spray cheese or simple handly pleasures, allow me to make a statement. You probably use way too much shampoo. Let's try and use less shampoo next shower, can we? We want to gently wash our hair after a hard day of looking good, not cover it in laboratory goo and strip our hair of its natural wonder. Hair was not really made to be shampooed in the first place. It strips our hair of natural oils and can sometimes even damage the hair. I'm not saying shampoo is all bad though. It certainly can do the hair good with proper amounts. The top picture is a good estimate at how much shampoo and conditioner you should be using during your shower. The only shower that warrants a little extra shampoo is the god-like golden shower. Yet, this should still not amount to the glob seen in the bottom picture. Want to save even more shampoo? Stop shampooing every time you shower. Do it every other day, or every two days, etc. Your hair will visibly thank you.

7 Responses so far.

  1. Anonymous says:

    I've found that using a handsoap dispenser for shampoo gets a pretty good amount out for use in the shower. Unfortunately, I haven't found any small dispenser that's useful for handsoap. An amount about the size of your top toothpaste picture usually works well for washing my hands.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This reply is to the other comment poster--wrap those little veggie rubber bands (or maybe even a thin normal rubber band) around the part of the soap pump that goes into the bottle. You'll prevent it from going down all the way, so you can customize how much soap goes into your hand.

  3. Anonymous says:

    To the first poster: Get a foaming dispenser, and buy regular soap, and water it down with 3 parts water, 1 part soap. Not only does the soap now last 4 times a long because it's watered down, you use less per squirt, and waste a lot less because it doesn't all just immediately roll off your hand into the sink. Foaming hand soap dispensers work so much better, I don't understand why people still use the regular ones.

  4. Anonymous says:

    (Orig commenter speaking) Both ideas are nice. If I liked foaming soap at all, I might try that, but instead I think I'll look for some rubber bands. Thanks!

  5. AndyB says:

    That's a really cool idea! I may have to try that! =D

  6. Anonymous says:

    If you're a guy with hardly any hair, great. But I'm a woman with about 12 inches of thick hair. That will not be enough.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Here's a tip; use a small amount of shampoo. If your hair doesn't feel clean, then wash it again using a small amount of shampoo. The amount of soap you need is basically a balance with how much oil it has to break down. Doing multiple washes with small amounts is more efficient than doing one wash with lots of shampoo.

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