Scrape or Squeeze: Which Is More Pocket-Friendly?

easy squeezeWalking down the grocery aisle scouring the shelves for a jar of your tot’s favourite jelly flavor, you will most likely come across some brands that come in easy-squeeze bottles. Just how different are the two really? Marketers of easy-squeeze bottles boast about convenience and practicality of their packaging, allowing for the product to be squeezed out directly to where they are supposed to go instead of having to use a separate utensil to scoop out the product from a jar. Some would also claim that easy-squeeze bottles help you squeeze the product out of the bottle right to the last drop. But, do these easy squeeze bottles really work as their marketers claim?

Most consumers still feel that it is more practical to go for the traditional jar packaging, not only for jellies but also for other kinds of products like mayonnaise, mustard, cheese, and peanut butter. Here are some reasons why scraping from jars still present the more pocket-friendly option versus squeezing from a bottle:

New plastic squeeze bottles are more expensive. The technology and raw materials used for manufacturing squeeze bottles simply result in a more expensive end product. Those who are looking for convenience would perhaps be willing to pay the premium but for those whose budget considerations are foremost, the price difference could add up to a considerable amount. Conventional jar bottles are more reasonably priced and budget-friendly.

Scraping lets you get every bit of the product out of the jar. The best way to clear products off any container is still to scrape it off. Easy-squeeze bottles make it difficult for you to actually squeeze every bit out, unless they come in a toothpaste-like tube packaging. Scraping using a spoon or a spatula is a great way to get one or a couple more sandwiches out of your jar of jelly.

Glass jars are recyclable and reusable. Economizing should not stop with price-shopping and getting more out of a product. Using glass jars also gives you pocket-friendly containers for your various household storage needs. These jars work well for liquids, sauces, and soups that need to be stored in the refrigerator or freezer. Jars with tight fitting lids also work well for storing dry spices like rock salt, whole peppercorns, bay leaves, whole nutmeg, and cinnamon sticks.

Lemons for a Cleaner Home

You may never have thought that your favorite juice drink could make a good cleaning product for your home. Lemons contain natural ingredients that can effectively remove those stains and dirt in your home. So what exactly do lemons possess which makes them the best friend of every “cleanaholic”?

Lemons have natural acids which provide good antiseptic and antibacterial cleaning materials. So if you want to know what wonders lemons can do to your home, scroll down and read on.

1. Tired of those nasty molds and stains in your kitchen countertops? Get rid of them using lemons! Just generously pour lemon juice all over your counter, and wait for the acids to melt down the hardened stained. You can now easily rub these stains off using a scrub. Rinse your countertops later on.

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2. Clean your kitchen sink using a mixture of salt and lemon juice. Squeeze three lemons and add salt to the yielded juice to make a paste. Apply this to the surface of your sink, scrub it evenly and watch the stains and soap scum go down the drain.

3. Make your plastic containers good as new by pouring in a good amount of lemon juice and baking soda. Put on the container’s lid and shake it. Leave it overnight and wash it the next morning with a sponge.

4. Clean your cooking utensils with a mixture of lemon juice and salt. Cut a lemon in half, dip it in salt and scrub it evenly at the bottom of your cooking pans and pots. These utensils have copper materials at the bottom and the lemon juice and salt mixture helps it become clean and shiny.

5. Lemon juice is also a natural bleaching agent. Apply a generous amount of lemon juice in stained white cloths and linen. Wash them with your usual detergent and let them dry. See how the lemon juice can work just as fine as the bleaching agents you buy at the grocery store!