My household produces an abundance of empty soda bottles, baby wipe containers, paper towel tubes and other items that trouble me to throw away. I’m a recycler by nature and if I can find another way to use an item instead of tossing it out, then I will. Here are some useful ways I’ve found to recycle several everyday household items that normally get tossed in the trash.
Make a scoop by placing the lid on the bottle then cutting the bottle on the diagonal from the top to the bottom. Use the scoop to dole out ice from bagged iced or coolers in drinking cups, to scoop up sand and build sandcastles, scoop out dry dog food or kitty litter or any number of other things that need scooped and a free scooper will do the trick.
Make long-lasting chunks of ice by filling an empty soda bottle ¾’s full of water and freezing. Place the bottles of ice in coolers and use when traveling or for a day at the lake. No mess is created when ice melts and you’ll have an extra source of clean water for drinking or washing hands.
Empty soda bottles or plastic milk jugs make perfect garden cloches to protect tender plants form a late or early frost. Cut the bottom fourth off of either type of jug and place over the plant before nightfall to protect against frost damage. If the daytime temperature will be cold the following day, leave the makeshift plastic cloche over the plant to retain heat, just remove the cap to allow excess heat to escape.
Baby Wipe Containers
Love these! They’re great for a multitude of uses around the house, like holding scrubbing pad and sponges in the kitchen and homemade cleaning cloths (old washcloths soaked in vinegar) under the bathroom sink for a quick wipe down and disinfecting of the bathroom. I also use a large baby wipe container to hold my cents-off coupons.
Use them to store small travel toys in for kids to play with while traveling and fill one with sunscreen products and hair scrunchies and keep in your beach bag. Use them to hold coins, screws, rubber bands or any other small objects around the house.
Paper Towel Tubes
Place empty paper towel tubes inside boots during the summer months of storage to keep the boots upright.
Slide long-bladed knives inside a paper towel tube before storing in a drawer to protect you and the drawer from the sharp blade.
Wrap extension cords or Christmas lights around an empty tube to prevent the cord from becoming tangled.
Plastic Berry Baskets
These little square gems make an excellent flower frog for a vase of fresh cut flowers. Place basket upside down in a large vase and place flower stems through basket holes to hold flowers upright.
The baskets also make a good strainer for rinsing and air drying a few grapes or other small fruits and vegetables before eating.