If you’ve got babies at home, you’ve got glass baby food jars. I don’t even have a baby, but I have an elderly cat with some health issues and when she doesn’t want to eat, I tempt her with chicken or turkey baby food. What do you do with all those glass baby food jars? Well, you can recycle them, of course. But you can also reuse them in all sorts of ways. Here are some of my favorite uses for them.
On a recent trip out of town, I discovered this use for glass baby food jars. I didn’t want to pack my full-size bottles of shampoo and conditioner but didn’t have time to go shopping for travel-size toiletries. I did, however, have some empty baby food jars in my kitchen, so I decided to put some shampoo and conditioner in small glass jars. It worked great and when I was packing my things to return home, I just threw the now-empty-again jars in the trash at the hotel.
I’ve found small baby food jars work great for carrying small amounts of medication in my purse or luggage. For instance, I like to buy things like Tylenol in big bottles because it’s cheaper that way, but I don’t want to carry a huge bottle of Tylenol with me when I go out of town for the weekend. I just put a few doses in a small baby food jar. I also take Miralax on a daily basis, which is powder you add to a beverage, and it comes from the pharmacy in large bottles. On a recent weekend trip, I put single doses in small baby food jars, which made it easy to add the correct amount to my morning tea each day.
Carry Jewelry When Traveling
Baby food jars come in various sizes, of course. The smallest ones I find useful for carrying jewelry when I travel. Earrings won’t get lost and each necklace can go in its own little jar, preventing them from becoming tangled.
Make Your Own Massage Oil
I’m sure not everyone is into aromatherapy like I am, but I’ve found glass baby food jars to be perfect for making scented massage oil. I buy a carrier oil at the health food store (I like almond oil, personally), add an ounce or two to a small glass jar, and add a few drops of essential oil (lavender is great for a relaxing massage). Baby food jars are great for mixing up small amounts of massage oil and they are usually leak-proof, as well.
Hold Office Supplies
Baby food jars in various sizes are great for helping you organize your desk. They can be used to hold office supplies like paperclips, pushpins and rubber bands, keeping those items from cluttering up your desk drawers.
Hold Nuts and Bolts in Your Toolbox
Baby food jars in various sizes are also great for helping you organize your tool box or workbench. They can be used to hold items like nuts, bolts, washers and screws.
Hold Beads and Other Tiny Craft Items
I enjoy making jewelry and small glass baby food jars work very well for holding beads and jewelry findings. They can be used to hold other tiny craft items, as well, like sequins, buttons, embroidery thread, etc.
Votive Candle Holder
Larger glass baby food jars make great holders for votive candles. I like to use them to surround my bathtub with candles for a relaxing bubble bath.
Larger glass baby food jars make nice containers for carrying a single serving of snack items in your purse, like nuts or raisins. I have a condition called reactive hypoglycemia, which means sometimes my blood sugar drops really low and it happens very rapidly, so I try to have a snack available at all times. Of course I can carry nuts and raisins in zip-top sandwich bags, but baby food jars are a good reusable and affordable alternative.
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