No longer are we sold scoops with our washing powder.
When you ring the number on the box to request one, you are sent a cardboard container that lasts approximately 10 seconds. (Alright; I might be exaggerating.. but not a lot)
So here’s my tip. You simply need an old clean plastic milk container, your existing cardboard scoop (or some way of measuring quantities), a permanent marker and some scissors.
Cut the milk bottle, as shown in the picture and, using your old scoop, measure the standard amount you need for a wash and pour it into your milk bottle scoop.
Mark, with a permanent marker, the level the powder reaches. You can mark more than one level for the various different types of wash you do.
And there you have it. A new scoop.
It will, eventually bend at the edges, but it lasts longer than the cardboard version, can stand up with powder in it, and it’s easy to make a replacement.
You can also use this idea to make impromptu spades for children that break their plastic ones playing in the sand.
I’d like to give a shout out to the children’s programme ‘Balamory’ which is where this idea came from.
If you have any other tips to make the household chores a little easier or to save a few pennies, please get in touch and I’ll share them with other readers.