One way to reduce waste is to
use only the amount that you need, which is often a smaller amount than we currently use.
Soaps in particular are often overused and the extra just gets washed down the drain, requiring us to purchase the product more often. When our soaps and toiletries - shampoo, hand soaps, shaving cream, toothpaste – are washed down the drain, they must be dealt with by the wastewater treatment plant. Try to cut down the amount you use at a time. A quarter sized dollop of shampoo is usually enough to wash with (www.goodhousekeeping.com/beauty/hair/tips), and using too much soap in dish and clothes washing machines is not only a waste of soap but detrimental for the machine and the quality of washing (www.nytimes.com/2010/03/13/your-money/13shortcuts.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0). The American Cleaning Institute (www.cleaninginstitute.org) suggests reading labels so as to use only the recommended amount of cleaning product and to use cleaning products until they are finished, further reducing unnecessary waste Not only will fewer resources be used in water treatment and manufacturing, but you will also save money from buying these products less often.