By refilling or reusing your plastic water bottles you can help reduce the trash in our landfills and save yourself some money. This is a guide about reusing water bottles.
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I try not to purchase bottled water but sometimes I forget my water mug. I wondered about what I could do with them since the apartment building I live in doesn't have recycling bins and and I have no room to store them. I also want to remain environmentally friendly by not using/wasting gas unnecessarily to drive five miles away to the recycling center for only a couple of items.
Well, I came up with: Wash them, dry thoroughly and use to freeze chopped veggies and herbs! The bottles are clear so it's easy to see what's in them and they fit beautifully on the freezer door compartment!
I made a funnel with a cone coffee filter but you can use foil, paper bags, etc to easily get the diced and chopped items inside the bottles.
Be sure your veggies and herbs are as dry as possible to prevent freezer burn before funneling ;-)
By Deeli from Richland, WA
I like to use the water from my fridge that comes from the filter system outside the door. If you use a small funnel, you'll have no spills.
By lnygaard from Billings, MT
It's been well over 90 degrees F and way too much humidity for some time now. Staying hydrated is very important for all of us. Here's a use for those orphan socks we all have. Cotton socks absorb best.
There are 2 ways to fit it to your bottle:
Tip: Fill your bottle 1/3 full of water and tilt it in the freezer, I do mine overnight. The next morning, fill the rest with cold water. It goes with me in the car. Don't forget your sock!
Sorry I can't include a photo as my camera is on the fritz but you get the idea. ; )
By Keeper from Morganton, NC
This is for people who buy spring/drinking water. I like to keep water bottles on hand for convenience, but do not like spending the money to buy the individual bottles all the time. I use either disposable plastic or glass. The disposable ones, I wash and refill a few times then recycle or I reuse glass soda/soft drink bottles. I like to use the glass ones at home, because they can be reused repeatedly, but the plastic ones are easier to transport.
To make refilling these bottles easier, I place the empty bottles in a cardboard 6-pack soda/beer carrier and put into a dry kitchen sink. Using a funnel, I fill the bottles with purchased one-gallon spring water. This keeps the empty bottles from falling over when trying to fill them. If you do spill some, it will go into the sink. Getting the cardboard carrier a bit wet will not cause any problems as long as long as it doesn't get soaked.
I really do not like buying spring water but in our area, the water tastes terrible. Since we rent our home, we do not have the option to filter our water.
By mkymlp from NE PA /USA
Do you have one of those water bottles that you see pretty much everywhere now days? I'm talking about the ones made of metal or plastic that you can refill over and over again. I own several of them, and I really like them. My children carry theirs around all the time.
My one gripe about them is that if you put ice in them they "sweat" all over everything. I've found a solution to that problem. Simply put a sock over the bottom of the bottle. The sock will absorb the "sweat" and will also help keep your drink cold longer.
Source: I saw my father-in-law using a sock on his drink bottle.
By Mary from Montrose, SD
I was looking on the internet at this farming site, I forget what it was, and someone had cut the end off a water bottle and put holes all up and down on the bottle. The top was out of the dirt and you could pour the water down in the bottle. The water goes through the holes and sprinkles in all directions under the dirt. It is for those hanging baskets that plants hanging at all angles or any big hanging baskets.
I have been taking the soda bottles, the little ones, and removing the cap, squeezing them down, and cutting across the top. Then I smooth out the top by cutting it again.
This provides me with a lot of plastic drinking cups that are stronger than paper cups and they are larger, and they won't break.
We have been enjoying them a great deal!
You can crush your empty water bottles and place them in a large pot for drainage. I found this to work wonderfully for all my planted pots and is much lighter than using rocks.
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Here are questions related to Reusing Water Bottles.
I am looking for any ideas that I can make using 8oz plastic water bottles. Any Christmas ideas?
Sylvia from Hammond, LA
By Zr (Guest Post)07/26/2007
Can be used for storage containers, nails, screw, bolt, nut, small items. Nail or screw the cap to the bottom of a board overhead, then you can unscrew the bottle or screw it on and fill it up as needed, if you tear off the label, you have a great visual on what's inside, great organizing, nail many bottles side by side.
I hear that plastic bottles are not safe if you use them over and over again as a water bottle. If this is so, then what type of bottle would be best for drinking water out of throughout the day?
By Barbara Huggins02/07/2009
I use stainless bottles that I bought at Walmart.
They are easy to clean, hold about 16 oz. of water
and can be recycled so they are environmentally friendly.
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My husband who paints cars at home uses our empty single serving water bottles for mixing paint. He cuts the tops off, which he can then use as a funnel, and the bottom of the plastic bottle is strong for the chemicals he needs to mix. No money wasted here, every little bit helps. Thank you.
By Michelle F from Pawnee, IL
Please remember that while recycling and re-using is good, NEVER use a drink container of any kind [the cut down containers do not seem to fall into this category - I'm not talking about those] for anything other than drinkable substances.
This is a standard poisoning prevention tip. Children see a drink container and automatically think it is ok to drink. As a former EMT, believe me - kids CAN and DO drink the most awful smelling and tasting stuff. (08/28/2006)
I reuse these bottles to make pots for houseplants. Punch holes in the bottom for drainage, then set them into planters that disguise the bottle. You can surround bottles with potting soil or pebbles, or not. This way a plant can be removed or changed as the needed. When using them for pots for resale at bazaars or gift, etc., do not punch holes in bottom and cover with paper, cloths, etc. Tie with ribbon. (08/28/2006)
Do not reuse plastic spring water bottles for a long time. A substance in the plastic breaks down into the water. This is not healthy. Teachers have sent a note to parents packing lunches not to reuse plastic bottles! I have reused bottles many times in the past. No more!
By Sharon L Martin from Canada
Maybe that is what concerns the school?
And Helen, that is a very good question. If the plastic isn't safe to reuse, why is it safe in the first place when bottled water is supposed to have a quite a long shelf life. (07/26/2006)
As far as reusing the bottles, from what I understand, the issue with bacteria lies in the fact that most people probably don't wash them well enough, but even if they did, chemically speaking, the plastics used to make single-use bottles are not designed to stand up to washing. Therefore, the heat from wash water - either from hand washing or machine washing (and possibly also from the detergents used) - can degrade the plastic of the bottles, increasing the likelihood of chemical leaching.
A newer (2007) version of the email quotes an unidentified doctor as saying women should not drink bottled water that has been left in a car because the heat and the plastic of the bottle have certain chemicals that can lead to breast cancer.
These emails are apparently based on a student's college thesis. In fact, DEHA is not inherent in the plastic used to make these bottles, and even if it was the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says DEHA "cannot reasonably be anticipated to cause cancer, teratogenic effects, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity, gene mutations, liver, kidney, reproductive, or developmental toxicity or other serious or irreversible chronic health effects." Meanwhile, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), says diethylhexyl adipate"is not classifiable as to its carcinogenicity to humans."
and this from USC:
To keep reusable plastic water bottles germ and odor free, USC sports teams wash them at least twice a week in the dishwasher, notes Sue Lerner, assistant athletic/medical trainer for the USC Department of Athletics. "Some people use a weekly sanitizing rinse of one teaspoon of bleach in a quart of water," she says. And most importantly: "Let the bottle air dry completely every night."
I re-use the bottles for about a month or so myself, and have had no problems. (11/27/2007)