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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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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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    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

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    September 20, 2010 Flag
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    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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    August 15, 2009 Flag
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    Where can you sell empty prescription bottles?

    By mama62 from Fairhaven, MA

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    January 15, 20111 found this helpful

    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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    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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    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

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    April 11, 20131 found this helpful

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

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    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

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    September 15, 20130 found this helpful

    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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    February 18, 2016 Flag
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    This is a guide about making a pill bottle hide-a-key. It is easy to have a weather proof hidden key outside your home to make sure you can always get inside.

    Making a Pill Bottle Hide-a-Key

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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    February 8, 2007 Flag
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    How can I earn money with old medicine bottles?

    Angelica from Thomaston, GA

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    June 23, 20090 found this helpful

    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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    February 2, 2005 Flag
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    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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    October 31, 2007 Flag

    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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    August 14, 2009 Flag
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    Has anybody figured out a use for those blue cases that some prescriptions come in?

    By zeke47 from Boise, ID

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    August 20, 20090 found this helpful

    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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    March 3, 2011 Flag
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    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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    February 15, 2011 Flag
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    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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    March 4, 2014 Flag
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    This is a guide about craft ideas for used medicine or pill bottles. Rather than throwing them away or into the recycle bin, you can make many creative projects using medicine or pill bottles.

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    March 19, 2008 Flag

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

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