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Reusing Laundry Detergent Bottles

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Reusing Laundry Detergent Bottles

Before throwing that sturdy detergent bottle into the trash, you can consider ways to use it for something else. This guide is about reusing laundry detergent bottles.


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Tip: Reusing Plastic Laundry Detergent Bottles

To organize cleaning tools, gardening tools, and small household tools (screwdrivers, wrenches, etc.), clean out an old plastic laundry detergent bottle. With a utility knife, cut off the top of the bottle even with the bottom of the handle, leaving handle intact. This allows full open access for storage. I just grab the handle and go.

By kaznavour from West Babylon, NY

Tip: Homemade Scoop

Need a large scoop say for bird feed or or something else? Save those laundry detergent jugs. Just wash out the empty container and be sure to keep the lid. Draw a line where you are going to cut away the opening of your scoop on the bottom of the jug from the bottom of the handle toward the bottom front corner in an oval shape.

Remember you can always make it bigger, try cutting a small hole until you get an idea of what you are getting done. I angle mine from the handle toward the bottom front corner. Be sure to leave the handle of the jug for your handle.

Depending on what they are going to be used for they make great funnels also. We use one to put gas in the lawn mower by removing the lid and cutting the bottom off. The handle is so "handy". Some jugs have a ready made pour spout.

Source: By necessity. I figured it out after spilling the bird feed one to many times.

By Latrtatr from Loup City, NE

Tip: Re-using Plastic Liquid Laundry Soap Bottles

I wash out the empty bottles. Rinse them thoroughly. Cut the top off of the bottle including the top of the handle. You still have the handle left for holding it and you can use it for a scoop for birdseed, pellets for pellet stoves, filling your pots with potting soil for planting, and also for watering outdoor plants and in the garden. I have a few hanging in my garage and find them very, very useful. I just leave them in the big bags I am scooping from and they are ready for the next use.

By Nancy from Iron Mountain, MI

Tip: Use for Liquid Tide Containers

This past week I volunteered at my daughters' Girl Scout day camp. They had taken empty liquid Tide laundry detergent containers, the big ones with the spouts, and cleaned them out and refilled them with water. They then took a nylon stocking and placed a bar of soap in it and tied that to the spout. This was used as a handwashing station. This would be excellent to take camping, fishing, hunting, picnic, or just out in the backyard for cleaning up from yard work or in the garage from working on your car.


Tip: Reusing Laundry Detergent Bottles

I peel off the labels and reuse them for other liquids I buy in bulk or make. I used the Arm & Hammer yellow containers because I like yellow and I labeled them with my PTouch. I love the way the bottles dispense and I can buy either in bulk or on sale, pour into this large container saving myself money and pantry space. Here is what I have in each container:

  • homemade laundry detergent
  • vinegar
  • Dawn dishwashing liquid
  • dishwasher liquid
  • homemade ammonia cleaning mixture
  • homemade Murphys Oil cleaning mixture

I am planning on using two more for shampoo and conditioner. Not sure if the conditioner will dispense because of its thickness, but I will see.

    By Karen Elg [1]

    Tip: Pet Food Scoop from Laundry Soap Bottle

    First cut the top in a scoop fashion from a Tide laundry soap container. Use the 100 fluid ounce size, leaving the handle on. Make sure that it is washed out very well. I cleaned it with baking soda and vinegar to be sure it was clean. Make sure it is totally dry. Then you can scoop your dog, cat, chicken, or any other food or even sand, gravel, soil, or flour if you want.

    Source: Thriftyfun

    By Teresa from Lynnwood, WA

    Tip: Reusing Laundry Containers

    I always hated to toss the empty plastic containers for softeners, laundry soap and other similar products. I decided that the lid could be used for different craft projects.

    Here's a few; put some rocks in the bottom of the lid for weight, cover with batting, cover with material to form a large ball that is about 2 inches above the lip. You can now glue material or other items such as buttons on the outside and you have a cute pin cushion.

    The smaller lids can be used as hats for your crafts, like for a snowman.

    The containers can be put over plants in your garden when there is a chance of frost. I wouldn't recommend the ones that hold bleach.

    My husband uses them to hold the old oil and transmission fluid when he changes them.

    I would like to know any other ideas someone might have for them.

    By RoseMary

    Tip: Make a Detergent Bottle Watering Can

    Poke holes in the top of an old liquid laundry detergent bottle to make a watering can.

    Katherine from Chesapeake, VA

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    Here are questions related to Reusing Laundry Detergent Bottles.

    Question: Using It All - Liquid Laundry Detergent Containers

    Does anybody have any *unique* ideas for those liquid laundry detergent jugs and their measuring cup type lids? They are very sturdy and surely
    there must be something we could do with them besides throwing them out or recycling them.

    I know that they can be cut out and used as a scoop, but I was thinking something with a little more creativity (which I lack). Plus I like crafts and re-dos for adults as my kids are all older, now.


    Most Recent Answer

    By gransims (Guest Post)12/29/2008

    I have worked with children for many years, and have used the lids to make little floral arrangements. Put some plaster apparus(?) in the lid, then stick flower and leaf stems in. It will harden and hold flowers in place. Styrofoam could also be used. I would then wrap some lace/ribbon around the lid. Can also be used to store small items in, buttons, pins, tacks, etc., paint containers, the list is endless.

    Question: Uses for Liquid Detergent Bottles?

    What are some frugal uses for liquid detergent bottles? By Tina


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    By carol amber07/20/2003

    We use them as hot water bottles in the winter to warm the bed. Only fill though from the hot water tap, not kettle.
    Never had an accident yet with them, but maybe best to take them out of bed before sleeping!!though we dont :)

    Question: Cleaning Out Soap Bottles

    Does anyone know how to remove the fragrance from the 2 gallon Tide, Era, and other bottles to reuse for water jugs? I have a dry water well at my barn and 3 horses that need drinking water this winter. Thought these bottles would be ideal for water transport. I've been collecting them from people's curbs all summer.

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    By (Guest Post)08/07/2008

    Wash them out, then rinse with vinegar to get rid of odor and soap residue.

    Question: Using Laundry Detergent Bottles For Water Jugs

    Has anyone successfully removed the fragrance from liquid laundry detergent bottles so that they can be used as drinking water containers? (And if you are going to tell me not to do this because it is dangerous please cite your source - they are high density polyethylene which is what tons of food containers are made from.)

    By John W.

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    By Abigail A. [8]01/04/2015

    Sorry, didn't see that last part somehow. They are probably safe. However, if they are absorbing the smell, you have to wonder if they have also absorbed other chemicals from the detergent. I don't know if this is likely or not.

    Question: Uses for Plastic Pour Spouts From Laundry Detergent Bottles

    Has anyone come up with uses for the large pour spouts inside plastic jugs of laundry detergent? I discovered they are easily removed with a thumb and that two jugs of "empty" detergent jugs release a whole single load-size of left-over liquid laundry soap when the drip spout is removed. I also began to save them and search for uses for the thick spouts. Temporary wheels come to mind, but for what? Anything else? They're a creative design by the manufacture so I hope we can recycle them some way other than with the jugs.

    Lynda from Richardson, TX

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    By srhp69 (Guest Post)08/27/2006