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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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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
By Teresa from Lynnwood, WA
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:
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
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.
What are some frugal uses for liquid detergent bottles? By Tina
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 :)
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.
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.
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
By srhp69 (Guest Post)08/27/2006
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Uses for liquid laundry detergent bottles. Post your ideas.
You can also make a pincushion out of a scrap of fabric,stuffed with lots of nylon net fabric or meshe fruit and veggie bags from the supermarket squished into a ball. Sew it shut and smush it into the cap. These are very handy and can be trimmed with bits of this-n-that and the jugs themselves, tops and all and or any parts you can't use can be recycled in lots of areas.
I have even cut off strips and used them to Mark things like posts.
I made a cut up plastic milk jug into a Neck Brace for an old much loved stuffed donkey who has seen better days. I cut off the top down to a flat level.Then I cut off the bottom and cut straight up one side.
I punched holes on both sides of the cut, put it around the donkeys neck, laced it up and Bingo! Donkey looks like it has whip lash but I still have it.
I've cut of the bottoms of milk jugs for plant saucers and pet dishes.
Use the tall top to protect plants from the cold. Or cut the top off shorter for a great scoop or funnel and use the taller bottom for a plant pot, bin, disposable paint can, what ever.
Phew! That should keep you busy. (04/07/2004)
By Becki in Logansport, IN
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I have made many useful "scoops" and funnels in various sizes to fit the job its needed for. I save plastic detergent bottles, also bleach bottles and fabric softener bottles.
After I've finished using a liquid detergent bottle, I think the washed-out bottle could be used to store important items of some kind.