For a ridiculous amount of years, I purchased who knows how many tiny light bulbs to replace bulbs that were constantly popping and blacking out in my nightlight. In fact I also purchased zillions of nightlights because they seldom lasted longer than the bulbs. I don’t know who manufactured these items but their quality seemed to be on the same level as their longevity. Then one day in a Eureka moment, I thought-this is beyond dumb, why am I tossing my money out the window and continually replacing junk with junk.

There was no way I could kill those nightlights completely dead. Some form of illumination was definitely needed for this nocturnal walk-arounder. And that illumination was discovered in a small, cool to the touch LED strip light on a flat panel with prongs on the back, which was in effect a light bulb and nightlight all in one sensible design. Glowing green rectangles, those tough little lights turned out to be indestructible and have guided me through years of night prowling.

With that little success under my belt, I looked around to see where else I could stop wasting money replacing household gear in endless cycles. In the kitchen I found two good candidates. The first was a noxious little item: my dishwashing sponge. Dyed fluorescent colors and in a constant state of crumbling disintegration, the darn things absorbed stains like magnets. And I seemed to buy a package of the repellent things every time I went to the market. No more. In the dollar store, I found a bunch of fluffy white cotton face cloths. Not only were they more efficient at washing dishes, they were also a heck of a lot less germy. When they needed sprucing up, into the laundry they popped. I also replaced all my cleaning sponges with these recycled cotton cloths and am happy to say it’s been years since I purchased a purple sponge created in some nasty chemical brew.

The next endlessly replaced item I attacked was my plastic food wrap. To save time I often washed veggies and fruit for a number of meals so I used a lot of plastic wrap and plastic bags to keep them fresh. Cutting that process off at the pass was easy. I replaced the wrap and bags with glass jars and plastic containers. Instead of being used only one time and tossed out, the jars and containers are washed and continually recycled. Much neater. Way cheaper. And a lot kinder to this planet of ours.

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