I'm the world's biggest cheapskate, I wash my clothes in the dishwasher and make my own toothpaste – every penny counts

I'm the world's biggest cheapskate, I wash my clothes in the dishwasher and make my own toothpaste – every penny counts

May 19, 2021

A SELF-CONFESSED cheapskate has revealed his extreme money-saving ways, including making his own toothpaste.

Ben Livingston, who appears on TLC’s Extreme Cheapskates, makes every penny count, even using his dishwasher to clean – well everything.

Speaking on the show, he explained: “I count every penny, I’ve learned to survive on very little.

“The dishwasher is a kind of all in one cleaner.

“I clean hats, I clean dishes, I clean clothes, I clean combs, sometimes I put my toothbrush in there even.

“That’s the thing about dishwashers, they’re super hot and it steralises them.


“I save by using the dishwasher as a consolidated washer and dryer, I save five or ten dollars a month.”

Ben has found ways to shave the cost off almost everything, including his personal hygiene.

He added: “I like to make my own toothpaste out of a bentonite clay, a little bit of menthol.

“I probably spent a dollar on the materials and I’ll have toothpaste for the rest of my life.”

In fact Ben is so cheap that he has refused to get his ceiling fan fixed, instead kickstarting it with a broom handle every morning.

He adds: "This is my little office and sometimes it gets a little warm, so I use this stick to get the fan going.

"I could have paid money to fix it but that keeps it going."

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