Uses for Prescription Bottles

Old prescription bottles can come in handy for sorting, storage and craft projects. The come in a variety of sizes and it's not hard to find a use for them around the house. This is a guide about uses for prescription bottles.

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Tip: Large Medicine Bottle for Craft Supplies

By Sandi/Poor But Proud 467 2,136

My roommate has a lot of medicine bottles and she gives them to me for my crafts. Having very little room on my table, I have learned to hang things in shoe bag hangers and the like. Today this tip if for those who don't have a ton (like someone I know...), but still want to keep things off the table.

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Tip: Uses for Prescription Bottles

By Linda from Bloomington, IL 76 172

I have seen several people ask about uses for pill bottles and decided to give my assorted uses for them.

  • I have many of various sizes in my sewing box to sort out the different sizes of snaps, safety pins, and buttons. I have two bigger pill bottles for large safety pins and straight pins.

  • I have a long bottle in with my yarn, holding crochet needles, one with yarn needles and assorted small knitting items in it.

  • I keep one bottle by my computer with rolaids, gum, and denture numbing stuff in it.

  • I have one with dry beans in it for my infant granddaughter to use as a rattle. It has a safety cap that I cannot remove and is too big for her to remove.

  • My granddaughter said to add using them for barrettes and other assorted hair gadgets, school things such erasers and pencil sharpener.

  • In my purse I use a large one as my 'wallet', I keep folded bills and my change it it. When I need it, I just look for the white lid. I have a smaller pill bottle in there with bus tokens in it, making them easier to find when needed.

  • I have one that is just the right size to hold a roll of quarters, that money is for laundry only.

  • There are many, many other household uses for them, a man can use them to sort nails, tacks, screws, washers, bolts, etc. Let your imagination run wild. Uses are endless.

By knitter926 from Bloomington, IL

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Pill Bottle Hide-a-Key

By lalala... 732 97

If you are looking for a way to hide a key outside, a pill bottle makes a great weather-proof container. With a rock to disguise the top, you can tuck it into a rock garden or partially bury it to hide it's location.

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Question: Selling Empty Prescription Bottles

By Brenda 1

Where can you sell empty prescription bottles?

By mama62 from Fairhaven, MA

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By Catherine 6 20 Flag

January 15, 2011

Actually someone is selling them on eBay, or was a couple of months ago. You could post them on Craigslist or FreeCycle.

Used prescription bottles are not safe for food since medications can leach into the plastic, and then back out into your food, but like others here, I couldn't see putting them in my recycle bin without at least trying to see if anyone wanted them. I posted on Craigslist in the 'for sale/wanted' section to see if anyone wanted them, and I had 4 responses within a couple of hours. One person wanted them to store beads and beading supplies, another to organize and store electronic parts, another wanted them to organize small craft supplies and one wanted them for a film he's making about the prescription drug industry. 2 of the people who wanted them said they'd check back with me in a few months to see if I had more.

My DH put together a toolbox for a friend and he used a whole bunch of prescription bottles to hold different sizes of nails, screws, bolts and washers and the like.

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Tip: Keep Pins in a Prescription Bottle

By Kirsten 22 7

Keep Pins in Prescription BottleKeep straight pins in a prescription medication bottle. This keeps them out of children's hands.

By kirstenenswan from Logan, UT

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Tip: Prescription Bottle Auto Air Freshener

By michele 7 16

I had my husband drill several small holes in the lid. Then I stuffed cotton balls inside and poured scented oils in it. It doesn't leak. I put them in my vehicle to make it smell good.

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    Tip: Make Dispenser From Old Pill Bottles

    By Monica 296 58

    Use empty pill bottles to dispense elastic and similar items. Coil the item to fit into the bottle. Then cut a simple slit/opening in the lid to pull the item out as you need it, as much as you need. Use this to hold and dispense yard string.

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    Tip: Recycled Bottles As A Sharps Containers

    By w shipman 2 3

    For quite some time, I've been using old vitamin bottles, pill bottles, etc., to store the lancets, blood test strips, etc., I use to check my glucose levels, until they can be disposed of. They are much cheaper, e.g., $0.00, relative, than the sharps containers sold at the drug counters; are more compact; easier to store; and easier to dispose of.

    Source: My wife suggested it one day after I had filled a store-bought container, and was lamenting not having gotten a new one.

    By Oldvet from Owensboro, KY

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    Question: Old Medicine Bottles

    By Angelica 1

    How can I earn money with old medicine bottles?

    Angelica from Thomaston, GA

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    By pam munro 522 790 Flag

    June 23, 2009

    If you mean vintage bottles, many people like to collect them. I would think you could put them on consignment at a local antique store or sell them on eBay.

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    Tip: Reuse Prescription Bottles As Plant Filler

    By Nancy 1

    I am on several different medications and every month I would throw the bottles away, because I did not know of any use for them, other than beading. The other night, I thought maybe they can be used in the bottom of plant jars, along with rocks. I haven't tried it yet, but I wanted to share the idea before I forgot about it. Take care all.

    By Nancy from Dover, DE

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    Tip: Prescription Bottle Sewing Kit

    You can use a prescription bottle to make a little sewing kit for travel or as a gift for a college student. It's the perfect size to fit a couple small spools of thread, a few needles, a needle threader, a thimble and some buttons.

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    Question: Uses for Empty Prescription Bottles

    By Myrna 6 7

    Does anyone have any ideas on how to use empty prescription bottles? Unfortunately I receive many medications on a monthly basis and I really do not want to throw them out. I have been using the large ones to collect spare change, mainly quarters for laundry. Thanks for your feedback!

    By Myrna from Bronx, NY

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    By Alicia 6 137 Flag

    April 11, 2013

    I put sewing needles, pins, extra bobbins, buttons, etc. in them.

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    Video: Pill Bottle Hide-a-Key

    If you are looking for a way to hide a key outside, a pill bottle makes a great weather-proof container. With a rock to disguise the top, you can tuck it into a rock garden or partially bury it to hide it's location. View the full project here: Pill Bottle Hide-a-Key

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    Tip: Prescription Bottles for Travel Size Toiletries

    By McCollonough 22 7

    Instead of buying travel sized bottles of shampoo and other things, at our house we used old prescription medicine bottles. They ones with the kid proof lid from Walgreen's can hold liquids with out leaking. It saves a lot of money and helps the environment too. The best way to mark the bottle is to write what it in it on a paper label with a sharpie marker.

    Source: This is a tip we came up with after learning the the Walgreen's prescription bottles could hold water without leaking.

    By McCollonough from TN

    Editor's Note: Check with your airlines to make sure that this would be acceptable for airport security checks.

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    Question: Reusing Prescription Bottles

    Can I legally reuse my prescription bottles? I put flax seed in empty ones. Do I have to take the label off?

    By Karen

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    By cybergrannie 32 893 Flag

    September 15, 2013

    Hi - are you asking this question for your own personal/family use? If so, then it is okay to reuse as others have responded. If for other reasons - then I would not reuse.

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    Tip: Save Coins in Prescription Bottles

    By Teresa Webb W. 1

    I have had some rather large pill bottles that would hold a lot of coins, so I decided to sort them and label each bottle by quarter, dime and so on. I just sorted the money by bottle and counted the coints and placed a piece of paper with that dollar amount at the top of the stack. When I added any new coins, I just marked through the amount and put the corrected amount. I was amazed how much money you can save in those pill bottles. They were easy to store too.

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      Question: Crafts Using Prescription Bottles

      By Nonniebo23 1 3

      Several prescription bottles.I have an abundance of empty prescription bottles. Does anyone have any ideas for craft projects using these bottles? Does anyone have other suggestions on how to use empty prescription bottles? I just hate throwing them away.

      By Squishy

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      By Donna 2 Flag

      July 23, 2012

      They are great for storing small crafting items like straight pins, seed beads, etc.

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      Tip: Use Prescription Bottles for Custom Paints

      By LuvMyGingerKids 46 316

      When I create a "custom" color with acrylic paint, I'll pour the "leftovers" into an empty, clean prescription bottle. Affix a white sticker on the cap and put a dollop of paint on it so you know what color is in the bottle.

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      Tip: Portable Sewing Kit in a Prescription Bottle

      One way to reuse prescription bottles is as a portable sewing kit. Put a spool of thread into the bottle, pierce a small hole in the lid and run the thread end out the lid. Put several needles and pins, however many you might need, inside.

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      Tip: Use Prescription Bottles for Storing Quarters

      By Karen 6 26

      I save pill and film containers to put quarters in - for laundry, toll booths, snack vending machines, car wash, vacuum coin slots, or anything else I need quarters for in a hurry. They fit easily in my purse or in my car cup holder and they don't take up too much room.

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      Question: Using It All - Prescription Containers

      By sheila hagen 6 4

      Has anybody figured out a use for those blue cases that some prescriptions come in?

      By zeke47 from Boise, ID

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      By Dana Sipe 39 75 Flag

      August 20, 2009

      I haven't found a use for them so I just recycle them with our other plastics once a month. I make sure I peel the labels off first. Our garbage company takes plastics numbered 1-7!

      I like them because the days are labeled and I can remember if I took my pill that day. I also take the plastic foil thingy out (don't know what it's called)

      and throw it away before recycling.

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      Tip: Use Pill Bottles to Store Seasonal Hardware

      By Grandma J 54 1,040

      When putting away seasonal things that contain loose screws, bolts, etc., take an empty safety capped pill bottle to store them in. Label and then select a drawer or empty tool box/container to keep them in.

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      Tip: Using Pill Bottles for Storage

      By Bella Blue 47 5

      I found the labels were really easy to get off my med bottles, so I am going to use them for this year's and last years seeds. I may also use them for craft stuff. So now whenever I finish a medication I clean the bottle and remove the label.

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      Tip: Discard Old Needles Inside Prescription Bottles

      By linda 2 1

      When you are all done with a prescription bottle, save it to discard old craft needles or small knives in. Throw out the entire container. Wide containers also will hold a rotary cutter blade to dispose of.

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      Tip: Clean Medicine Containers Throughly Before Using

      By DEBRA D. JEAKINS 19 1

      Use old clean medicine containers to store change, buttons, or anything small. Just make sure you wash it carefully.

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      Archive: Uses for prescription bottles?

      My friend Mary was collecting empty prescription containers. She said she received money for them. Before I could find out how -- she died. Does anyone have a use for the containers or know of someone who needs them?

      Juanita from Homewood, IL

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      RE: Brainstorm: Uses for prescription bottles?

      I think they are great for keeping fishing hooks & other things in tackle box in. Good for small nuts, bolts & screws. (01/31/2001)

      By gold89wing

      RE: Brainstorm: Uses for prescription bottles?

      I have found these bottles terrific for storing small beads, sparkle dust, carrying aspirin or headache medication in your purse, holding straight pins when you don't want the whole box, mixed paint for ceramics or painting if you have a small amount left over, small buttons for baby outfits, earring backers. Just to suggest a few (01/31/2001)

      By Diane

      RE: Brainstorm: Uses for prescription bottles?

      There are many different uses for old prescription bottles:after emptying out any old/expired left over medications down your toliet, wash out the bottles, removing the labels and place in your recycle bin. Or they can be used for loose coins, storing nails, skrews, thumb-tacks, pushpins, etc. I hope these suggestions help out. (01/31/2001)

      By Kitty Wuerl

      RE: Brainstorm: Uses for prescription bottles?

      Use one to hold a needle or two, some white and black thread wound around a bit of cardboard, and a couple of buttons, and keep in your purse for a travel/emergency sewing kit. (01/31/2001)

      By one_ramp

      RE: Brainstorm: Uses for prescription bottles?

      Our local humane society (St.Louis) has asked for empty prescription bottles to use when they adopt out puppies or kittens for a day or two of medicine.You might check with your local humane society. (02/01/2001)

      By Lynn

      RE: Brainstorm: Uses for prescription bottles?

      My daughter used to play soccer in college and they travelled quite a bit. We used the prescription bottles for all of her personal needs stuff (ie. shampoo, conditioner, make-up remover, lotion). Also they are great for carrying small items such as jewelry, safety pins and you can even put sewing items in for a travel sewing kit. The lids are usually child-proof so they are virtually spill proof. (02/01/2001)

      By D

      RE: Brainstorm: Uses for prescription bottles?

      They are great for storing small screws, nails, hardware. Also, wash them out and store small kitchen supplies you don't use much of, such as decorations for baking. Always remove the label so it won't look as if medicine is stored all around the place. (02/01/2001)

      By Patti

      RE: Brainstorm: Uses for prescription bottles?

      1. I use them to put shampoo and rinse etc. in to take to the hospital when I know I am staying for a couple days or so.

      2. They are nice for putting salad dressing in to pack in lunch boxes.

      3. They are nice for putting raisins, etc. in to pack in lunch boxes.

      4. They are handy to put lil' things in that are used for crafts, such as: hooks & eyes, snaps, novelty buttons, needles of various sizes, (to separate them)

      5. For Safety pins etc. to put in suitcases when traveling , (other ideas are: bobby pins, M & M's for kids on the plane, car, or bus.

      6. I use them for different little nails, picture hangers etc. (they seem to come in non-re-usable packages).

      7. Glue several together side by side and put spools of thread in, cut a hole in the lid and replace lid to make it easy to pull out just the right length of thread without dropping the spool, or having it tangle, or come unwound. (sorted by colors)

      8. The right size will hold a hard boiled egg for a lunch. (02/01/2001)

      By Ester

      RE: Brainstorm: Uses for prescription bottles?

      DH saves quarters, and he stores them in prescription bottles. They fit nicely. I use one to store toothpicks in and keep it handy in the car. Some people keep buttons in them in their sewing room. Young mothers use them to store a few Band-Aids in their purse or car. They would be handy to keep change in in the car. Campers use them to store a few matches for emergencies,etc. (02/01/2001)

      By Eastwood

      RE: Brainstorm: Uses for prescription bottles?

      They are great to put in a packed lunch to use as a container for salad dressings. (02/01/2001)

      By J

      RE: Brainstorm: Uses for prescription bottles?

      They are great if you make your own spice and/or herb mixes. (02/01/2001)

      By James

      RE: Brainstorm: Uses for prescription bottles?

      Old prescription bottles are great for sorting and storing seed beads. You can sort by color or style, place a label on the outside, and they store nicely on a shelf or in a shoe box or plastic storage container. We use the plastic cake frosting containers for pony beads. Works great, and the lid is excellent for holding beads while you work!Doris in Va. (02/01/2001)

      By admin2

      RE: Brainstorm: Uses for prescription bottles?

      Between myself and my husband we have about 50-70 bottles a month of old prescription bottles. I use a small utility knife to scrap off any info on the bottle and I give them to my veterinarian for him to be able to dispense medicine for animals. My vet says I save him a lot of $ by doing this. So, think of local vets. (11/08/2001)

      By fayth81

      RE: Uses for prescription bottles?

      I use the small bottles (cleaned and information removed, of course) for my purse or for traveling. I can store small amounts of vitamins, cold capsules, whatever. Make sure to label each one!
      (02/10/2005)

      By Anjeena

      RE: Uses for prescription bottles?

      I glue several sizes and heights together and put them in old shoe boxes for under the sink storage of cotton swabs, cotton balls, iodine, etc. Another set glued together in a plastic CD sorter I found at the thrift store for 25 cents is now my make brush and make-up sorter. It has a hinged snap down lid and can easily come with me on vacation. I use them all over the house - shorter ones in old chocolate boxes in the "junk" drawer which is now no longer junky and you can easily find anything. We have them for fishing, sewing, crafts just about anything you can imagine. All you need is old prescription bottles, a glue gun, an old box and some ingenuity. Good luck. (02/22/2005)

      By Suzanne S.

      RE: Uses for prescription bottles?

      Please! Please! Do not empty your old medicines into the toilet. The drugs can re-enter our water supply and create health problems. Our waste treatment plants do not catch everything. Do keep the ideas flowing, they are great! (06/06/2005)

      By Dorothy

      RE: Uses for prescription bottles?

      My husband makes wine and so uses the empty prescription bottles to empty plastic the bags of things like pectin enzyme, yeast sutrient, etc. as the bags invariably spill one they are opened. (10/10/2005)

      By Linda

      RE: Uses for prescription bottles?

      Some things I use them for:

      • Holding condiments for lunches at work.
      • Holding bb's/pellets for my air-gun.
      • Donating to the local Humane Society.
      • Holding pins and needles.
      • Making unique ice cubes/popsicles.
      (10/10/2005)

      By kidseatfree

      RE: Uses for prescription bottles?

      You can use the medicine bottles or film containers to put medical information in such as name, address, phone, type of blood, doctor, hospital, meds, personal medical history such as heart, etc. and your contact person, etc. You proceed the same as the instructions pertaining to antiseptic, etc. but put a red cross on the front of the bottle (canister) and then hang one on your steering wheel in the car and put a note on your refrigerator door stating "VIAL OF LIFE" and state where it is. In case of an emergency, if the fire department is called, they will always check your refrigerator door to see if you have a Vial of Life with all the necessary medical information. (10/11/2005)

      By LORI

      RE: Uses for prescription bottles?

      I remember when I was little my mom and I melting them in the oven to make jewelry. I don't remember what temperature or for how long. But if you melted the bottles with some colored plastic beads they made really unique necklaces. (10/11/2005)

      By MissyD

      RE: Uses for prescription bottles?

      I have a bunch of pretty blue prescription bottles. I took off the label and used my drill and drilled small holes in the top. I now have pretty salt and pepper shakers for the table. (10/11/2005)

      By Steamer

      RE: Uses for prescription bottles?

      I love to paint with acrylics! Mix your paint in medicine bottles! Mixing my own colors:

      1. saves me a lot of money
      2. lets me mix unique colors
      3. Mixed paint stores very well in these bottles
      4. You can brush a bit of the mixed colors on the cap to find what you want in a snap!
      (01/04/2006)

      By krafter

      RE: Uses for prescription bottles?

      I buy my tylenol in a big bottle from Sam's Club, so I like to fill up a couple empty prescription bottles of tylenol to keep in a couple locations. I also keep one in my toiletry bag I take on vacations. (02/09/2006)

      By Debbie52

      Archive: Uses for Prescription Bottles

      Does anyone have tips or craft ideas for using empty prescription bottles? I have many, and I hate to throw them away if they can be used or made into something.

      Thanks!
      Cathy from Bristol, TN

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      RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

      You can put together a mini first aid kit with first aid tape wrapped around a wooden match, a couple of needles, thread, bandaids, samples of antibiotic, alcohol prep wipes, & whatever else you can fit depending on the size of bottle. On the lid place a piece of sandpaper to light the wooden match in an emergency or to sterilize a needle. Empty Film Canisters also work well for this. (11/21/2006)

      By Sherri from Utah

      RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

      CRAFT: We used to melt them and make pins out of them or necklace. You can press small beads into them when still hot or put beads inside and let the bottle melt around the beads.

      (11/21/2006)

      By cindy

      RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

      You can re-purpose pill bottles by adding a few stones or marbles, putting the cap back on and using them as a pedestal holder for those tiny bathroom cups. (11/21/2006)

      By hsorbits

      RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

      I label 7 bottles with the days of the week, and put them in a small dish. I put the medications and vitamins for each day in the proper bottle. Since we take some pills in the morning and some in the evening, I have one dish for A.M. and one for P.M. If we go out of town for a few days, I just put the bottles for the days we are going to be gone in a ziplock bag and pack them with our luggage.
      Harlean from Arkansas (11/21/2006)

      By Harlean from Arkansas

      RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

      They can be sent to places like Haiti where they don't have them. A church should be able to help.
      Otherwise, another use is for forming flower petals for a panty hose flower. (11/21/2006)

      By Sharon

      RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

      Why don't you decorate them (using scrapbooking papers) as containers for toothpics, sewing kit or waterproof matches. There are loads of ideas on scrapping sites.

      Have fun (11/22/2006)

      By Diana

      RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

      They are great for dressing to take to pour on the salad rigth before eating. That way you do not have soggy salad for lunch. (11/22/2006)

      By patg

      RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

      In addition to all the great ideas others have contributed, here's my small idea.

      As kids, we used to remove/soak off the labels, add beads or sparkle or crayon or anything interesting (including small flowers) and place the bottles on a cookie sheet. Mom would bake them for us (low heat for 10 minutes, I think). While still hot, we'd use a knitting needle to make a hole near the top and when cooled these made the greatest jewellery and window/wall hangings. If you're looking for a great way to entertain kids (and get them away from the TV), they might have fun with this.

      Cheers (11/22/2006)

      By Rose Anne

      RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

      Take unused prescriptions back to your pharmacy for them to dispose of. DO NOT throw into the toilet or garbage. This is true for non-prescription medication as well. Check your medications for expiration dates every few months.
      I'd love to find out what temperature to melt the bottles at. I think I'm going to try the suggestions about melting them with a few beads inside as a craft project.
      (11/23/2006)

      By Connie from Canada

      RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

      They are great for saving seeds that you picked and dried for next year. Just label a wall-ah. Ready for you in the spring. (11/25/2006)

      By kduchn

      Archive: Uses for Prescription Bottles

      Does anyone have any ideas for reusing prescription medicine bottles? I hate to throw them away, I figure someone has a use for them.

      Grandma B from Coshocton, OH

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      RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

      I make my own earrings. I have so many, that storage can be a problem. I paint the tops of the prescription bottle with the color of the earring. The bottles will hold several earrings. Finding the right color at a moment's notice, with the tops painted in various colors (03/17/2007)

      By margeth

      RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

      I can't think of anything that isn't tacky to make out of the empty bottles, but I always remove the labels before I dispose of them, because I don't want my personal information on them and also to guard against identity theft. Also, if you bring your empty bottles to the drug store, your pharmacist might reuse them to refill your prescriptions.
      (03/18/2007)

      By sylviecyn

      RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

      I keep one on hand for when I need a eye wash. If you ever get something in your eye, put warm water in it lean your head to it and tilt back. When you feel the water in the eye. blink and it looses the eyelash or whatever gets caught in the eye. Of coarse see a Dr if you need to. (03/18/2007)

      By Ariela

      I like the ideas!

      I keep my tacks in them, so they don't get stepped on or etc. I have also used them to organize my crafts. I put my favorite beads in them (garnet and more), so I can find them among the bulk beads. I keep a spare and fill it with broken or dull needles before I throw them in the garbage (so no one is hurt). Keep up the awesome ideas everyone! (03/18/2007)

      By Starchild in VT

      RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

      My grandmother uses them as stoppers on her knitting needles. She somehow drills a hole in one of them shoves them over the point of the needle, with the bottle opening to the yarn. She use to do it with film bottles, she finally went digital. (03/20/2007)

      By gannedwards

      RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

      I love the one about salt and pepper shakers. I paint them and put tiny trinkets in them that I get from Hobby Lobby or somewhere; I give them away for Anger Shakes to mentally ill people. They can get all mad and shake their bottles instead of other people. They also love the trinkets inside.
      (04/02/2007)

      By Georgia

      RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

      I haven't finished with my idea yet! I'm working on a way to use them in making a hummingbird feeder. Using fishing line to hang them up with. My problem I'm working on tho, is a way to color the amber color scrip bottle so its a red color. Maybe a red net wrapped around the bottle or red foam paper? (05/17/2007)

      By miniduck

      RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

      I know prescription bottles are good for lots of things like for tackle boxes, sewing, storing coins and jewelry etc! But with proper sanitizing and label removing there has to be some company that buys them back for redistribution. This would be a good little business for some side money. (06/02/2007)

      By Tony

      Archive: Uses for Empty Pill Bottles


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      Does anyone have ideas for using medicine bottles? I have a bucket full of clean, empty plastic pill bottles. Hate to just toss them. Any good ideas out there?

      Rainbowgirl from Bogalusa, LA

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      Use for Small Items

      Remove the labels. I give mine to our Vet, he uses to put pet medications in. Or use to put loose buttons, needles, or any other small item you don't ant loose in a drawer, etc.

      By Tejas

      First Aid Kit

      You can make a mini first aid kit including bandaids, needle and thread, sandpaper (cut out a circle and place on lid), stick match, safety pin, etc.

      By Footsilly

      Make a Wind Chime

      Drill a hole in bottom and run fishing line up the center with bottom side up. Use about 6 to 8 in different lengths of string and make really cute wind chime. You could even paint a picture on each like a daisy or lady bug. Use a lid from a jar for your top hanger for it.

      By Theseamstress

      Spare Change

      Some pill bottles are exactly the right size to carry quarters (US) for use in vending machines and coin laundries. You can also put a small amount of your favorite hand lotion to keep at work. Small craft items such as beads and sequins, mix white glue and water for small amounts of Mod Podge. My mantra is if it will fit in there it can be stored in there. I have tins, pill bottles, baskets, all sorts of things pressed into service to store my junk.

      By MartyD

      Bathroom, Garden and Workshop Uses

      Store hair pins or bobby pins in them. If you collect seeds from your garden, or know anyone that does, they are great for that, too. My Grandpa used them to store small nails and screws in them in his workshop, too.

      By Angeleyes78

      Organize Board Game Pieces

      They are great for putting small board game pieces in. Like battleship pieces, for example.

      By farmgirl

      Protect Fishing Lures

      I snap them over the lures on my fishing rods. This way I don't need to remove a lure every time I put the rod away. It keeps hooks from grabbing everything in sight.

      By Bobdog

      Mini Sewing Kit

      You can also do a mini sewing kit. Put a couple of pre-threaded needles with black and white thread in a piece of paper or cardboard and wrap the thread around to keep neat. Put some buttons, safety pins and whatever else you might think would be handy.

      By Toolgirl

      Travel Kit

      When traveling I use them to put shampoo, hand cream, conditioner, and other such items in. This works out well seeing that I don't have to carry the full size bottles with me. I also use them to carry jewelry that I may wear when I get to my destination. They are great useful items.

      By Louise

      Keeping Camping Items Dry

      If there are any campers out there you can use them to store things to keep them dry or when you only need a smaller portion of something. If anyone is near Towanda, PA and would like some pill bottles I have a plastic grocery bag full to give away.

      By Craftjunkie

      Donate to Animal Shelters

      As one reader suggested, check with your vet or other vets. A lot of them will take empty prescription bottles. Saves them money from having to buy them. Also, I donate a lot of mine to the local animal shelter.

      By Lovethosehounds

      Get Organized

      Keep craft and scrap embellishments in them: paper clips, brads, office needs, safety pins, needles, and tacks. Those things in your "needed sometime drawer" can be seen, but not loose rolling around. Also use to carry small items in your purse or beach bag, from change to extra medications.

      By JC

      Toothpicks

      Use one to keep toothpicks in for the car.

      By Beverly

      Use For Medication

      I use them to store our daily medications in. Just label them with the days of the week. I have a set for AM and a set for PM, and I fill the each day's bottle for the entire week. Keep each set in a round container such as a Cool Whip container. Saves the time it takes to open each prescription bottle each day. I take 8 pills in the morning and 10 in the evening, so I save lots of time this way. I also have all the medications on an index card, one list for AM and one for PM, so I don't forget anything when I do the dailies.

      By Harlean from AK

      RE: Uses for Empty Pill Bottles

      We saved the empties and filled them with shampoo and lotion. Put them in the gift bags for the homeless at Christmas Time. Write on the bottle with permanent marker. They loved it. (06/12/2008)

      By Jan

      Donate to a School

      If you can't find a use for yourself, you could always donate them to your local school. My daughter's pre-school teacher had lots of uses for these little bottles. (06/12/2008)

      By taka

      RE: Uses for Empty Pill Bottles

      Put Advil/Tylenol in it and carry it in your purse. It takes up a lot less room than a medicine bottle that they come in.

      Editor's Note: Make sure all labels are removed before doing this and be sure to mark it with a label what is in the bottle. (06/13/2008)

      By Crystal

      RE: Uses for Empty Pill Bottles

      You might create little pill bottle people, with a little paint an a lot of imagination. How about adult building blocks for coordination purpose? Perhaps a water container for one flower you might leave at the cemetery?

      The med caps can be made into sliding pool balls. Number them with a marker and have yourself a game on a kitchen table, use a pencil for a cue. Last, considering the possible accidents that can happen when children get control of full pill bottles, you might want to instill in them with maybe a Mr, Yuck sticker, as well as tell them, never to eat or drink anything even from those empty bottles crafts you are creating.

      I wish you happy crafting. Mr. Thrifty
      (07/16/2008)

      By Mr. Thrifty

      Archive: Uses for Empty Pill Bottles

      My husband and I have a lot of medicine bottles that I throw away. I hate throwing them away if they can be used for something else. Could someone give me some ideas on how to recycle them?

      By Teresa Kay from Durham, NC

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      RE: Uses for Empty Pill Bottles

      Some diabetic patients use them to store their used needles and Lancets, until they can be taken for proper disposal. (05/25/2009)

      By fatboyslimsmom

      RE: Uses for Empty Pill Bottles

      Craft items, like beads, or take pills that are in boxes and pop them out and put in pill bottles. Takes up less space. (05/25/2009)

      By meliaalli

      RE: Uses for Empty Pill Bottles

      Label and store seeds from current garden fruits and vegetable for next year. (05/25/2009)

      By bevstoy

      RE: Uses for Empty Pill Bottles

      Check with your local boy scout/girl scout office. We used these for first aid kits. Check with your local elementary school, they may have a use for them. (05/25/2009)

      By CRMom

      RE: Uses for Empty Pill Bottles

      In our area, a local vet uses them (tear your name off the label first) for animal prescriptions. He passes the savings on to his clients. (05/25/2009)

      By Pugi

      RE: Uses for Empty Pill Bottles

      Tiny sewing kit for your car or purse when traveling.
      (05/25/2009)

      By theseamstress

      RE: Uses for Empty Pill Bottles

      When we travel I put our daily vitamins in a bottle - one bottle for each day. The old label is removed of course. Also when traveling I want to take some body lotion but my home bottle is large. A pill bottle holds the right amount for a weekend.

      When we camp I put toothpicks in one. I keep one in the car with quarters in it for parking, etc. (05/25/2009)

      By Glenn'sMom

      RE: Uses for Empty Pill Bottles

      You might want to type or write out your medical information, enclose it in a clean pill bottle, put on the lid, make a new label "Medical Information" and place the bottle into your refrigerator freezer in an accessible area. Then, place a sign on your refrigerator that states "Emergency Medical Information in Freezer" or something to that effect. That way, if you cannot speak or remember, the info is there for paramedics.
      Also, my husband saved clean pill bottles and film canisters to store baby teeth that the "tooth fairy" gathered from our children. Other uses: Store glitter for crafts, decorate for a bud vase, carry quarters for laundromat, paper clips storage, thumb tacks storage, etc. (05/26/2009)

      By Dibbs

      RE: Uses for Empty Pill Bottles

      Thanks for all the good ideas. Dibbs thanks for the one about medical information I never thought about that one!! (05/26/2009)

      By Teresa Kay

      RE: Uses for Empty Pill Bottles

      They are nice to store push pins. Small children cannot open the bottles to get the pins. (05/26/2009)

      By Bittyfrog

      RE: Uses for Empty Pill Bottles

      I submitted this some time ago. If it works for spice bottles, why not pill bottles, too! (05/27/2009)

      By Poor But Proud

      RE: Uses for Empty Pill Bottles

      I put quarters and dimes in them &amp; occasionally fold up a dollar bill or 2 to put in. These bottles go in the glove compartment of my car. Also in the cars of other members of my family. You'd be surprised how handy it is to have some extra money in the car.

      Also, I use some for sewing storage-bobbins, needles etc. The largest size will hold many different bigger sewing notions. (05/27/2009)

      By Jeane in Texas

      RE: Uses for Empty Pill Bottles

      I use empty bottles for storing ibuprofen, sinus pills, allergy pills and throw the mixture (make sure you remember what each pill is!) into a pocket in my purse. It works great, especially at those unsuspecting times you need some ibuprofen! (05/28/2009)

      By Jpdoughgrl

      RE: Uses for Empty Pill Bottles

      We have a person at church who sends the empty ones to an organization who uses them as medicine bottles in third-world countries. (05/28/2009)

      By cfoxes33

      RE: Uses for Empty Pill Bottles

      I have been using the pill bottles to put seed for my garden in. They work great. (05/28/2009)

      By msmurf_50

      RE: Uses for Empty Pill Bottles

      My husband drills several tiny holes in the bottles, adds 2 moth balls in each bottle, replaces the cap and puts them out around our flowers and a tomato plant to keep deer and rabbits from ruining them. They hate the smell and will them alone. Being encased in the bottle keeps them from dissolving so quickly like they do if you just scatter the moth balls around on the ground. The moth balls are also used to keep snakes away. (05/28/2009)

      By indianlady

      RE: Uses for Empty Pill Bottles

      There is a very pretty and apparently easy-to-make wreath made from pill bottles that you can see by clicking on the link below

      It won a contest in ReadyMade Magazine for best creative re-use of pill bottles. good luck (05/28/2009)

      By tahlula

      RE: Uses for Empty Pill Bottles

      I drill a hole in the top, and screw them to the bottom of a shelf in my workroom. I keep screws, pins, nails, beads,etc. in them. they are at eye level, and easy to see. just unscrew the bottle, the top stays intact, and you won't have to look for it later. craftynanny from Cooperstown, NY (05/28/2009)

      By craftynanny

      RE: Uses for Empty Pill Bottles

      If you're like me, even after finding uses, you still have alot of ongoing bottles. I fill up a bag, and then either offer them on freecycle for whoever might be able to use them. I have given them to the SPCA several times....they need them all the time. I too, have given them to the girl scouts. (05/29/2009)

      By dellajo

      RE: Uses for Empty Pill Bottles

      Prescription Bottles? Always great to use as any small item container. You might try decorating them so you recognized what you put in them. Maybe child's sticker, or you can paint them but not perfectly, perhaps some colored tape around them.

      Other Reuses? You could attempt to make holiday decorations out of them. A firecracker for the 4th of July,
      attach them on some self created Halloween costume. Sure you could put one or two on your Christmas Tree after you decorate them for the season.
      .

      Toys? I would never let the young children get the idea that they are toys. But adults could make checker or chess pieces out of them.

      My wife is saving them for some woman that needs Chemo. She has been told that so many thousand plastic caps of off anything entitles that woman to a free Chemo treatment.Our whole church is saving those caps so I guess this story is true. Craft On, Mr. Thrifty (06/12/2009)

      By Mr. Thrifty

      Editor's Note: Unfortunately, Snopes says that there is no free chemotherapy for exchanging caps. Here is their entry:

      Archive: Uses for Prescription Bottles

      Anyone have any ideas of what to do with old prescription bottles? I have been saving them for a long time. I want to use them for something useful or crafty, but haven't thought of anything yet. I have lots of different sizes.

      Irene from Ft Lauderdale, FL

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      RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

      I took 1 large and 4 small bottles,labels and caps removed, and using a good glue meant for plastic, I glued them together in a tight circle, with a tall one in the middle. They make lovely tray favour vases or keepsakes when filled with small real or silk flowers. P.S. Miniduck, have you thought about using stained glass paint(Gallery Glass is one) to color your bottles red? (08/27/2007)

      By thriftmeg

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      RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

      I used some of the larger size bottles for sorting and storing my jewelry when traveling. It was a mobile jewelry box. I have some pieces that match, so I would roll the necklaces in a tissue and drop the earrings and ring that matched in to keep things in a set. You can label if you like. When we leave our hotel room, we stuffed them into the toes of shoes to hide them if there wasn't a safe.

      The taller/skinnier bottles I used to hold bobby pins, barrettes etc. Again, really nice for travel or storage. If you have large bottles, you can put ponytailers around the outside and fill the inside with other items.

      Also great for storing spare keys you don't use often. Just label the outside. (08/27/2007)

      By Ginger

      RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

      I am a volunteer who gets a meal break during my shift. I carry a child's toothbrush in my purse and use an empty pill bottle for a cover. Use an X-acto knife and cut a slit in the lid then thread the handle through it. The lid acts like a cuff to catch any toothpaste or water drips during use, too. (08/28/2007)

      By hsorbits

      RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

      Many years ago, I worked in a pharmacy and the store was having a decorating contest for Christmas. I took some of the bottles with the caps painted red) and glued them to a wreath form. I then tied a large green/red bow and glue to the bottom. It won second prize for originality, especially fitting for a pharmacy. (08/28/2007)

      By Debbie

      RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

      You can drill a small hole in the bottom. String your Christmas lights into them and hang outside for decorations on holidays. It really does look nice. Throw away only the covers. (08/28/2007)

      By Connie

      RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

      Good for holding coins, buttons, roll of stamps,small sewing kit (thread,needle, and foiled single edge blade) (08/29/2007)

      By LRP

      RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

      1. I did a craft with kids using them. We put tacky glue on the bottle then wrapped it with cotton yarn (Sugar 'n Cream type), painted the top a coordinating color and some glue a button or charm to the top. One of the kids immediately put it in her purse to hold her gum wrappers and one put her hair barrettes in it and gave it to her mom to put in her purse to always have at hand.

      2. Maybe you can use one for your extra key to be buried in the flower pot rather than put under it?

      3. In my travel bag I use one to hold a few straight pins, safety pins, hair pin and paper clips. You can fix most anything with one of these!

      4. Remember those multi-level flower arrangers they used to advertise on t.v.? With the right adhesive (probably an epoxy or 6000 or monkey glue) you could probably stack them and make the same sort of tool.

        (08/30/2007)

        By Karen

        RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

        Thanks guys for all the great ideas! (08/30/2007)

        By Irene

        RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

        I use them as a travel kit for cotton balls soaked with nail polish remover. The cotton balls stay saturated and can easily remove my nailpolish.

        (09/12/2007)

        By momof2boystex

        RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

        My Aunt had a ton of small bottles from liquid medicine for breathing treatments, ea. 1 1/2 inches. She had a counter dividing the kitchen and dining rm. 5 ft. long and wanted to close the gap between counter and ceiling. She poked a hole in each bottom, placed them on a wooden dowel matching top to top - bottom to bottom w/glue. 12 dowels, 2 pcs. of 1 inch x 5 foot trim, glue, white spray paint and a few nails she made the most beautiful "wooden bric-a-brac" her friends ever saw! No one ever knew except me what it really was, even her Realtor when she sold her house! (12/14/2007)

        By MzV

        RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

        I would like to know how to collect the bottles and get them to a foreign country to save the doctor's money. I understand they cost $4.oo each and it is such a waste of money when we throw them away. I know that local doctors visit the foreign countries and do doctoring free. This would surely help. (03/26/2008)

        By Mildred

        Editor's Note: I would try a non profit organization such as the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, or Mercy Corps.

        RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

        PLEASE DO NOT EVER FLUSH YOUR MEDICATION DOWN THE TOILET. Take it to a collection site for proper disposal. Some pharmacies are starting to accept unused/expired medications, such as Elephant Pharmacy in the bay area. Flushing meds down the toilet gets pharmaceuticals into our water supply. It's been in the news a lot recently. Learn more at: www.teleosis.org.
        (06/02/2008)

        By Bonnie

        RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

        FYI many local Humane Associations and various animal rescue organizations are glad to have prescription bottles to reuse. ALSO they are happy to have "leftover" animal meds. (08/28/2008)

        By J. Lee

        RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

        Doh! What great ideas! I'm always looking for salad dressing holders and forgetting my travel shampoo bottles. Thanks everyone! (10/08/2008)

        By ohnoheragain

        RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

        All my needles are bottled, as are my pins and buttons. My son's coins are sorted and I don't garden so don"t save seeds. Am not an artist so no paints to store. My humane people don't need them. SO, in other words I have done all the things listed above and I still have BOTTLES GALORE. What else is there to do with them? Does anyone have any instructions to build a house out of them, maybe I could do that. I need a new house. Ha. Rachel (10/18/2008)

        By Rachel

        RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

        I use empty prescription bottles for quarters and store them in the glove compartment of my car. They come in handy for car washes and also in case I want to buy a newspaper from a newspaper stand. Billie in Melbourne, FL (01/26/2009)

        By Billie C.

        RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

        I use mine for making gag gifts. M and M Menopause Relief pills, Old Age Pills, anything like that. My SS friends seem to love them.
        (02/28/2009)

        By Debbie-Jenn

        RE: Uses for Prescription Bottles

        I have a good idea for med bottles. Put on the outside of the bottle for Emergency Use with the information on your meds, allergies, phone numbers, doctors, diabetic or any other health problems on a piece of paper on the inside (03/01/2009)

        By momssspecialangel

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