Looking for ideas to use those plastic laundry scoops from powered detergent. Any ideas?
hben4me from Dalton, GA
I just thought of something. When my boys were little I remember my plastic drinking tumblers landing in the sandbox. Seems an excellent place fo a nicely washed laundry soap scoop.
You could also donate them to a school for use in the science lab or art room. I use them in my lab for a variety of things -- where one might use a glass beaker, often these plastic scoops will work well, and cost nothing. I use them as mixing pots for plaster of paris, and also for water cups for water color painting. I use many recycled items in my science lab -- small measuring scoops from iced tea as mini beakers, baby food jars, large pickle jars, ice cream pails, cottage cheese containers and lids, stryofoam trays of all sizes
all sorts of things.
I hope you all dont get tired of hearing from me, LOL. I really am not a snobby know it all, I just am a frugal stay at home mom. But we have used the scoops for planting seedlings, cut the handle off if you want to and poke holes in bottom and viola. hehe...Mary
Thank you for you ideas,
Keep the Gift or Craft Ideas coming. As the Holidays approach I am looking for Ideas that I can use for about 50 Seniors and 25 pre schoolers in the community and 35 co -workers Male & Felmale @ my husbands work. so there fore it needs to be broad based but yet crafty.
Scoops from laundry detergent: The ones I have are transparent green, and checking how much they hold (mine holds 1 cup of liquid) I use them as extra measuring cups when baking. So many times you need to use your 1 cup measuring cup several times. Now I don't have to clean it between ingredients.
I got a scoop before at a craft sale.It was filled with mini marshmallows.The tag accached to it said
"I heard you have been naughty,so here is the scoop all you get for Christmas is snowman poop"
You can also do it with chocolate chips and say Reindeer poop.
(If you dont want to post this i understand.I dont want to be rude)
The scoops I save are slightly less than 1/4th cup. I use them for baking if I'm in a hurry. I keep one in the flour canister and one in the sugar canister... one in brown sugar, etc. I also use one in my bag or Arm and Hammer washing soda in my clothes washer. Its good to control how much baking soda we use.. Otherwise, it is wasteful. Thanks for your good suggestion.
I have a large family and we use a lot of laundry detergent. I usually go to Costco and buy the large size box of Tide. I am not sure if the smaller boxes of Tide are coming with those nice little scoops with a handle in them or not, but they sure are handy! They aren't your normal cheapy plastic scoop as before. They are made of a strong durable plastic and resemble a small Pyrex cup.
By Vicki from Lubbock, Texas
Read more ideas below.
Here is a link for some craft projects using Soap Scoops.
This is a link for reusing Soap Scoops for extra measuring cups when baking. Whenever you reuse scoops make sure you clean them well.
Put Hershey kisses in scoop then use colored cellophane to wrap. Tie a bow around it. You now have a scoop of kisses. Great Mothers Day Gift from young Children. Make sure to wash them first. (04/30/2004)
I am a single mother of two boys and love to find ways to recycle things. One of my favorite is to save the scoops out of laundry detergent and wash them good and use them to put jello or pudding in. Has a perfect handle for little ones and it is much cheaper to make jello and pudding than to buy individual serving ones
By Melisa (05/06/2004)
Wash and dry an old soap powder scoop, fill with Hershey's Hugs & Kiss, wrap in a colored celophane, tie with pretty ribbon. Perfect for kids gift for Mom
Save the soap scoops from you laundry soap, wash and use for scooping out flour, sugar etc.
By Janie (05/17/2004)
After you wash it out (REALLY WELL) you can use it to scoop out your pet's dry food and thereby keeping your hands clean and odor free :) (07/23/2004)
I save the plastic scoops from powdered laundry soap to use as measuring cups for my plant foods. I measure the amount needed for the type of food I am using i.e.: rose food. Then I mark the scoop at the right level and leave it with the bag or box of food.
Then each time I am feeding my plants I don't have to pre measure or dirty a regular measuring cup. And when it gets grungy I always have another ready to go. Its also great when you are using a variety of plant foods. This way I have a personally measured one for each food. It saves a lot of time and guess work and it's recycling. Happy Gardening!
By Kathy (08/12/2004)
1. I saw in a magazine once where they hot glued ribbon, lace, tiny silk flowers, etc. around edges of scoop and some down the handles and filled with treats to hand out at birthday parties as a treat, for kids to give to teachers on holidays, baby shower for mints, etc. Your family could decorate a bunch and take to a senior center or pediatric long term care hospital for kids in the hospital at holidays.
2. I put my beans, rice, flour, sugar, etc. in air tight containers and these scoops work great and I don't have to leave a measuring cup in there.
3. Use to leave in your potting soil bag, plant food, etc. I have recently replaced the old scoops with the newer ones that come in the large Tide boxes that looks like a Pyrex cup. (08/12/2004)
Amy Dacyzn says to make a kid's game with them. Tie a piece of string to the far end of the cup, not the handle. Then make a ball out of leftover aluminum foil and tie it to the other end of the string. Play it by flipping the ball up and trying to catch it in the cup. It's fun! (12/28/2004)
I use them to make Xmas ornaments. I do a small diarama in them with twigs, white craft paint or artificial snow. Add a small plastic deer. (07/31/2007)
By Kathy S.