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Reusing Plastic Coffee Cans

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Ground coffee can now be found in reusable plastic containers with a tight fitting lid and handle. They are perfect for storage and crafts. This is a guide about reusing plastic coffee cans.
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March 23, 2016

I buy the large coffee jugs, the 33 oz. size. They are made so well, they have a handle on the side, with a good tight seal lid. I just can't see throwing them away. I give them to neighbors that I know, one being an older gentleman that uses them for his screws, nails and other little tools.

I have been cleaning out and organizing things and got out the jugs I was saving. So here are a few ideas I am using myself.

Source: My own organizing idea!

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December 17, 20160 found this helpful

I use then to store rice,beans etc and I put used coffe r grounds @ rgg shells etc for compost you can put cement in them for posts

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February 23, 2009

As a former teacher I am very much aware of how many out-of-pocket expenses teachers have. One big request is tissues, especially this time of year. I have made a clever tissue holder for my grandson's teacher. I'm sure she will appreciate not having to add boxes of tissue to her need-to-buy list.

You'll need a large empty coffee can with a snap-on plastic lid, contact paper or wallpaper, non-slip drawer/cabinet liner, Elmer's glue, and a roll of toilet paper.

Remove the plastic lid and cut a round hole (about and inch and a half in diameter) in the center of it. Make four small cuts at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock to "grab" the tissue as it's torn off. (Think about the cuts in the top of a container of wipes).

Measure the height and circumference of the can. Using these measurements, cut contact paper or wallpaper to cover the can. Contact paper should stick on its own. Use the glue if it doesn't or if you choose to use wallpaper. Apply stickers, stamps, draw designs, personalize it with the teacher's name or decorate the can however you choose.

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Set the can on a piece of the non-skid rubber liner and use a pen to draw around the can to show where to cut. Cut out the circle and glue it to the bottom of the can. (Keeps the can from sliding around while a piece of tissue is being pulled out).

Pull the cardboard roll out of the center of the roll of toilet paper. Start pulling the tissue from the inside of the roll of toilet paper and thread it through the hole in the center of the lid. Snap the lid in place on the top of the can.

Now the teacher has a convenient dispenser from which the students can pull off as much or as little as they need. An added benefit for the teacher is that the school supplies toilet paper but not boxes of tissue. To refill all she or he needs to do is to pick up a fresh roll from the janitor.

Go ahead and get busy. Those teachers could use a little lift this time of the year. Next year make one for your child's new teacher and send it in along with supplies on her start-of-school wish list.

By Sandy from Elon, NC

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July 19, 20121 found this helpful

Great idea! I am making some of these for teacher's in my family, they will love it!

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February 6, 2017

Using Coffee Tubs for Fabric Storage - stack of cans filled with fabric with a short piece of wood under the bottom row to give back tilt

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I get a lot of these from recycling and my friends save them for me, too. This is just what I had empty so I am going to keep going, but I ran into a snag. So here's the tip and a cautionary warning.

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December 15, 2011

decorated coffee container

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Folger's has lovely holiday templates on their website for you to decorate their red canisters! There are even instructions. I can think of many more ways to use that clip art, myself!

Link: http://www.folgerscoffee.com/apps-tab/can-decorator

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By 9 found this helpful
January 26, 2009

I use the large coffee containers as a trash can to collect lint from my dryer. It is large enough to collect a lot, and allows the lint to compress without breaking the container.

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May 7, 2007

Coffee can composting

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Save one of the new kinds of large plastic coffee cans to make a quick counter top compost bin! Label clearly so everyone knows what it is.

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By 8 found this helpful
December 12, 2008

This is one from my hubby. He has me keeping all of the 2 pound plastic coffee containers with the handles on them for future use in his shop. He builds houses and remodels them as well.

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May 26, 2011

When I empty my plastic coffee containers, I paint them with paint for plastic found at your craft store or any paint store. I use these containers to store rice, beans, or any dry food product.

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By 5 found this helpful
December 9, 2007

If you buy coffee in the large plastic canisters, you can go online to the Folger's website, and print off holiday templates to glue over the existing labels. These frugal containers can be used for homemade cookies

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March 12, 2012

Coffee Container Toilet Roll Holder, covered in decorative tissue paper

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I have lots of the big red Folgers coffee containers and I decided to use them to make a toilet paper storage unit for the bathroom. I took 3 large containers, cut the bottom out of two of them and stacked them on top of each other.

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December 7, 20161 found this helpful

Declutter with Coffee Cans

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This is a guide about organizing with plastic coffee containers. If you purchase coffee in large plastic containers, be sure to reuse them for your clutter.

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January 29, 2008

I have been using my empty plastic coffee containers for organizing my kitchen lately. I have one full of cookie cutters, one contains my decorating supplies, etc. The small ones are also wonderful for the kids' tiny toys, like plastic dinos or army men.

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November 2, 2004

The plastic Folger's coffee cans really made me MAD when they were first introduced. I have always been a HUGE fan of the metal cans. HOWEVER, these plastic cans are just WONDERFUL!

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August 21, 2008

The 34 oz. plastic coffee cans that come with the nice plastic lids are great to store the 1.75 qt. round ice cream containers in your freezer and prevent freezer burn or crystallization of the ice cream.

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January 12, 2010

Use new coffee filters to get rid of odors in enclosed containers. Like re-using plastic coffee cans or in stored Tupperware with lids on, equals no plastic odor!

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September 15, 2016

I buy these all the time. Well, with the coffee in them, of course! I wash them out and fill them individually with sugar, flour, etc. I then label them on the handles and put them in my cabinets.

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January 26, 20170 found this helpful

A plastic red container of ground coffee.

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Plastic contains can be used in many craft projects. This is a guide about finding plastic Folger's coffee cans.

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December 7, 20160 found this helpful

Last Minute Easter Egg Basket for Kids

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A coffee can makes a perfect last minute Easter Basket for children. This is a guide about making a plastic coffee can Easter basket.

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August 5, 2009

I use the red and green coffee plastic containers in the following way...

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December 28, 2006

Coffee Containers As Toys. We re-use those plastic coffee containers as frugal toys. They are fun for toddlers to stack and store things. My 15 month old loves to put things in them, and take them out, and put the lid on and off.

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By 0 found this helpful
April 29, 2017

I am so glad I finally found Thrifty Fun again. I need your suggestions for things I can do with Folger's Instant Coffee jars. I have a lot of small ones, they are so cute. I hate to just keep collecting them in a plastic bag. Any suggestions would be gratefully appreciated.
Thanks.

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April 29, 20170 found this helpful

I know someone who screws the lids on the ceiling beams in his basement and keeps nails and other things in the jars. The jars get screwed into the lids. Space saving idea.

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November 15, 2011

What are some good ideas for recycling the Folger's and Maxwell House plastic coffee cans/jugs? I use mine to keep compost in before taking out to the compost bin, but are there any other ideas?

By Kim

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August 2, 20160 found this helpful

In the winter, I keep a large Folger can full of inexpensive cat litter, and keep it in my car. Cat litter is great to put under your wheels, if your stuck on ice.

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December 19, 2009

I hate throwing containers away, but what else can I do with all the blue plastic Maxwell House and red Folgers coffee containers, besides hiding craft supplies in them?

By Gretta from Wayne, OK

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November 9, 20110 found this helpful

Hello,

Folgers website has some free Christmas printable's for the plastic cans!

http://www.folg  ister/index.aspx

These would be great for gifting cookies :)

have a great day,

Beverly

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December 16, 2011

How do I get the coffee smell out of the Folders coffee canisters? I have tried baking soda and putting it in the sun for a few days, but the coffee smell always comes back. I want to use these for Christmas treats and I don't want them to smell like coffee. Please help. Thank you.

By Lana W.

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March 16, 20160 found this helpful

Put peanut butter in them and cover it.

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November 14, 2013

I have quite a few empty Folgers Instant containers, in different sizes. I just love the shape.
I'm looking for suggestions on different ways to decorate and utilize these containers. I will share photos during the process.

Thanks guys, you're the best.

By Linda

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August 2, 20161 found this helpful

I covered them with decorative Contact adhesive paper, and made storage containers for rice, dried beans, brown sugar, cornmeal, pasta, chocolate chips, coconut, breadcrumbs, etc. I put chalkboard labels on the front. They stack well on my shelves, and are pretty much airtight.

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April 1, 20150 found this helpful

I read online how to remove the lettering from the containers, but nothing worked. Any suggestions?

By JAC

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June 11, 20150 found this helpful

Have you tried nail polish remover?

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November 28, 2010

I have several of the red plastic coffee containers from Folger's coffee. Does anyone have a good idea for use of these for crafts, etc.?

By Sandy from Bedford, PA

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November 29, 20100 found this helpful

If you go to the Folger's website: http://www.folg  n-decorator.aspx they have holiday labels that you can print out and apply to the canister to make nicely decorated containers to use for cookies or other gifts.

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December 26, 2011

I need some ideas for what to do with large plastic coffee cans. They are very sturdy and it seems to me there have got to be good uses for them.

By Marion

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December 27, 20110 found this helpful

Two suggestions. On the search on the site type in "coffee can" and hundreds of uses will show up. As for me I use the coffee cans for several uses. One can I keep on the dryer to use as a trash can for the lint from the dryer. Another item I use them for is any trash which has sharp edges which would otherwise tear a plastic trash.

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April 14, 20120 found this helpful

I am looking for uses for plastic coffee cans.

By Einy L

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April 16, 20120 found this helpful

I use to freeze food items such as homemade chicken broth, home made soup etc. Also these are good to keep dry goods such as pasta, rice.

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January 12, 20100 found this helpful

I buy coffee from the warehouse store in very big plastic containers. I'd love to re-use these containers for food storage, but even after I wash them on the top shelf of my dishwasher, they still smell like coffee. I'm afraid that anything I store would pick up the coffee smell. Any idea how to get the smell out of the plastic container?

Thanks!

Sharon from Yulee, FL

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Removing Coffee Odor From Plastic Coffee Containers

I agree with the previous post. Use WHITE VINEGAR, but if your containers are really large, you may need to use more vinegar than stated, maybe even 2 cups then soak overnight.

Vinegar and Lemon Juice are natures disinfectants, and odor removers. (09/13/2006)

By Cyinda

Removing Coffee Odor From Plastic Coffee Containers

Dawn Ultra dish detergent has a new product to erase odor in dishes. It is a splash of lime odor eraser. (09/14/2006)

By Hannah01

Removing Coffee Odor From Plastic Coffee Containers

Try stuffing it with lightly crushed newspaper and putting it in the sun for a few days. (09/14/2006)

By Linda

Removing Coffee Odor From Plastic Coffee Containers

I use white vinegar about 1/2 cup or less and let it set out. It has worked or I used baking soda alone
and just shake it once in a while and it also works.
good luck (09/14/2006)

By meoowmom

Removing Coffee Odor From Plastic Coffee Containers

I have not tried this but try placing the can in the sun for a day. This is supposed to remove tomato stains from plastic containers and odors from plastic containers. (09/15/2006)

By Gvoisard

Removing Coffee Odor From Plastic Coffee Containers

Add 1 tablespoon of liquid household bleach to a gallon of cool water and pour into the container.

Let the solution remain in the container for 10 minutes, then pour out.

Rinse the container with purified water. Pour out the rinse water and let dry. Do not wipe dry with paper towels, hand towels, etc. These may harbor germs which will leave bacteria in the container.

You now have a completely sanitized container!

NEVER use hot water! Hot water weakens plastic and may cause it to warp or become thin in some areas.

Never reuse "one-time" use containers such as plastic water bottles, party cups or plastic cutlery, unless the label says "safe for reuse!" These items are not designed to be be reused, nor can they be completed and safely cleaned since they cannot withstand a hot enough water temperature to be sanitized. They have been manufactured with small imperfections (ridges, rims, inconsistent surfaces) which harbor germs and can make you sick! (03/01/2007)

By ivy

Removing Coffee Odor From Plastic Coffee Containers

I have used bleach many times it does not work well. I will try the vinegar now. Will let you know if it works. (02/08/2008)

By Cathy

Removing Coffee Odor From Plastic Coffee Containers

I have to trim the cone coffee filters to fit my little maker so I use the trimmings to keep odors out of everything! I'm sure any kind of coffee filter would work=I always put em in my tupperware with the lids on and don't have that plastic smell when I go to use them. Of course I'm lucky enough to have the space to store em like that. No more searching for lids! (01/10/2010)

By nancyintx

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Anonymous
March 10, 20160 found this helpful

Try using used dryer sheets to absorb the odor inside of the plastic coffee cans

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December 19, 20090 found this helpful

I'd like ideas for making crafts out of the plastic coffee cans. I'd like to make useful items to sell at a bazaar. I have so many of these containers.

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June 17, 20080 found this helpful

I have lots of the plastic coffee cans (containers). Folgers and Maxwell House seem to have gone to plastic instead of metal cans. What can be done with them?

Rachel from Buford, GA

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Uses for Plastic Coffee Containers

I teach preschool and I use mine as storage cans for scissors, buttons and glue sticks and all the craft things like poms and feathers. This way in my craft cupboard it is all together. I cover the cans with paper either wall paper or craft paper and label them! You can make some crafts too by painting them snowmen and santas at holidays or you can decorate and use as a tin to give a gift etc! (01/03/2008)

By KimmyLynn

Uses for Plastic Coffee Containers

It's a little late for Christmas gifts, but maybe this can help out for next year...

http://www.folgers.com/coffees/holiday-canister/index.shtml

Folgers has printable labels to put on the canisters so you can fill them up with baked goods or other gifts. (01/04/2008)

By Trix

Uses for Plastic Coffee Containers

Here's what became of one of mine! (01/04/2008)

By melody_yesterday

RE: Uses for Plastic Coffee Containers

Uses for Plastic Coffee Containers

I like to buy a lot of stuff in the bulk food section of the grocery stores, such as rice, pasta, oats, couscous, cream of wheat, cornmeal, icing sugar, dried lentils, chocolate chips, etc. So instead of all the stuff sitting in a plastic bag I put it in an old coffee container and label it with the name of what is inside.

(01/04/2008)

By Lisa

Uses for Plastic Coffee Containers

We had a lot of neighbors over for a summer picnic and I put the steak knives point down in one canister and the same with the forks. It's extra silver ware I have so it is easy to put away and get out again for another picnic. (01/04/2008)

Uses for Plastic Coffee Containers

I have found they are great to store chopped or cut onion in the refrigerator. The odor is contained and doesn't seem to permeate the plastic. (01/05/2008)

By Elizabeth

Uses for Plastic Coffee Containers

I keep one under the sink in the kitchen and use it to drain grease into after frying hamburger, etc. (01/06/2008)

By Cindy S.

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