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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August 23, 2016 Flag
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Are there any uses other than tossing?

November 19, 20160 found this helpful
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YES! You never throw them away!! I empty, boil, remove label & keep some for bead storage & I am currently making them into pill storage for my purse! Pill boxes are too expensive so I'm creating them myself. There are thousands of uses for all sizes of plastic pill bottles! If you don't want yours, please send them to people such as myself who do in fact Upcycle, Recycle! I'd be glad to send you my address!

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September 8, 20162 found this helpful

June 16, 2014 Flag
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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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September 28, 20140 found this helpful

Good idea!

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July 19, 20160 found this helpful

August 27, 2009 Flag

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

By knitter926 from Bloomington, IL

January 15, 20111 found this helpful

I take the labels off and clean and then give them to my Vet to use for meds.

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September 20, 2010 Flag
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Keep straight pins in a prescription medication bottle. This keeps them out of children's hands.

Keep Pins in Prescription Bottle

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October 20, 2011 Flag
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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.

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September 6, 2016 Flag
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This little craft makes a plain pill bottle into a pretty storage container, by using the picture from a greeting card. I used mine for my sewing needles.

Total Time: Ten minutes or less

Yield: 1 container

Supplies:

  • 1 pill bottle
  • 1 greeting card with pretty picture
  • scissors

Steps:

  1. Find a greeting card you have saved and measure how tall the pill bottle is. Cut card to proper size.
  2. Roll the photo up so that it will fit into the bottle. Then slide it into the bottle. Put your supplies into bottle and put the cap on. Note: Trim the photo lengthwise if it overlaps too much once it's in the bottle.
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July 5, 2006 Flag
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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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April 8, 2013 Flag
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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 was amazed how much money you can save in those pill bottles.

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August 15, 2009 Flag
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Where can you sell empty prescription bottles?

By mama62 from Fairhaven, MA

January 15, 20110 found this helpful

I label mine like a pill box such as Monday AM, Monday Noon, Monday PM and when I have my prescriptions refilled I sort them for a week at a time or more. I have even just put a piece of scotch tape on them and date them so we don't lose track of taking our medicines.

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January 15, 20111 found this helpful

March 12, 2010 Flag

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 without leaking. It saves a lot of money and helps the environment too.

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April 16, 2014 Flag
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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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February 19, 2008 Flag

When I create a "custom" color with acrylic paint, I'll pour the "leftovers" into an empty, clean prescription bottle.

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September 23, 2008 Flag
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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.

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April 8, 2013 Flag
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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

April 9, 20130 found this helpful

I save my empty prescription bottles and take them to our vet. They can reuse the bottles whereas a drugstore cannot. They're always very grateful.

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April 11, 20131 found this helpful

September 7, 2013 Flag
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Can I legally reuse my prescription bottles? I put flax seed in empty ones. Do I have to take the label off?

By Karen

September 9, 20130 found this helpful

I reuse mine all the time. However always remove the labels from the bottles. Then when you use them, I write on the outside (with a sharpie) whatever I put inside the bottle.

I have used them for taking a small amount of handcream in my purse, put aprins in them, toothpicks in them. The list can go on and on. Just always be sure to write what you put in them.

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September 15, 20130 found this helpful
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