Share on ThriftyFunThis guide contains the following solutions. Have something to add? Please share your solution!
A great way to store spaghetti is in a full-sized Pringles can. I wiped out the empty can with a damp paper towel to remove any oil and salt.
By Laurel from Port Orchard, WA
Your idea is great, except for wiping out the can with a paper towel. Use a washable cloth, i.e. old T shirts or underpants cut into nice squared.
This is a helpful tip when children become ill either when traveling or at home. Save empty large soft margarine tubs. Take a plastic Ziploc type storage bag and insert in the margarine tab folding down the top of the bag all around the tub. Place some folded paper towels in the bottom. If your child becomes car sick, he/she can use the tub/storage bag to throw up in. Then when done, all that needs to be done is zip up the bag and throw it away.
This works well at home too if your child is sick. Your child can have a tub/storage bag container in his bed, which will alleviate the need to get up to run to bathroom and hang over a toilet which cannot be too sanitary. It also alleviates a lot of mess. We used this "trick" for our kids when they were growing up, and my husband and I use it for ourselves too.
By Sally from Pittsburgh
Michawnpita, I am sure Sally never meant that one would toss this bag out in the ditch! It would go in the garbage. I personally just use plastic ice cream pails for this purpose, with perhaps a little toilet tissue in the bottom for the splash issue. Then this all can be flushed and rinsed out. I can see if you anticipated a long trip and much carsickness, that the plastic bag might simplify things, as the ill person might have more than one session of upset!
I bought these crackers today at Grocery Outlet. I love that store because you almost always save more than you spend. But, I digress.
When I was done with my Pringles can, I realized that they fit in it. I mean it's tight, but pressing on the rim just a hair to let them slide in helps. They are so secure you could probably ship them, but certainly they would survive the trip to the park or the beach.
Hope that helps!
Try storing bulk pasta in Pringle cans... works great! (-:
Besides making the solar hot dog cooker that I've seen on several sites, I use Pringles containers for storing the plastic bags we get from stores. Then, I have a portable dispenser for plastic bags to store in car, hunting and fishing gear, and for gardening.
Use an empty Pringles can to store dry spaghetti, no need to worry about keeping the opened bag or box closed. An added plus is that the lid is see through plastic so no need to open it, as you can see how much you have left.
Previously it was mentioned to use Pringles cans to store cookies or to give them as presents. I go a little further. I have friends and family in the service, many are deployed overseas.
If you have a child who get carsick, the best container to use for the incident is a Pringles can. Saves a big mess and easy to store until properly disposed of.
How many times has your child come home with precious art work smashed or torn from being stuffed inside a backpack? Let your child make a backpack organizer out of a used Pringles can.
My children and I use them to make solar hot dog cookers. Cut out a rectangle the less than half the size of the can but large enough to let lots of sun shine through, put clear oven bag cut to size over the hole (or clear acetate) and tape it in place.
Using Pringles can to wrap Christmas lights is even better than tubes they don't bend. And you can store extra lights inside.
I've found another use for a Pringles can. I recently injured my back and have nerve damage in my foot and leg. My foot burns constantly and the muscles in my lower leg are pretty well shot.
I keep crochet and knitting needles in them.
I used them for napkins and plastic tableware for picnics. It help keep out insects and dirt.
Pringles cans are great for storing dog poop bags. Fill up a few cans with bags, then keep one in your car, one in a hiking backpack, and one by the back door.
Save those stack potato chip cans! Decorate them as you please, using contact paper, spray paint, or decoupage and use them for gift giving. There are perfect for baked goods such as cookies, popcorn, etc.
Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.
I wondered how you can use it for school?
Wash very well and air out. It can be used to hold pencils, pens, colors, colored pencils, small pieces of games.
Anything you can think of can be stored in them, tennis balls, hair clips anything.
My husband loves Pringles. I would like to put these empty cans to good uses. Any ideas?
By JustJan from Houston, TX
I used to store my artist paintbrushes in them.
This tip would work great for glass artists. Use them to store glass rods for flame working. They could be laid on their side and stacked (wine rack style) connected securely so they be plenty strong. Each color rod could have its' own can.
I have a ton of small plastic pringles containers. They are from the individual sized portions. Any fun ideas of what to do with them?
Margaret-mek from Jersey
Sell them to me! I have been searching for those darn things for a while now.
I would love to have some! My six-year-old daughter loves to take Pringles in her lunch and the small cans you can get anywhere are still rather large. I have been looking and looking for the little individual serving plastic cases after seeing them at a friend's house and cannot find them anywhere! Do you know where you got them? If so, please let me know, and seriously, if you decide to part with them, let me know!
karen-knust AT usa.net
ThriftyFun is one of the longest running frugal living communities on the Internet. These are archives of older discussions.
Here are some uses for Pringles cans.
Pringles cans work well for storing small toys and tennis balls. They work well to store clean (or still being used) paint rollers and small paint brushes. They are also the perfect size for storing home baked cookies.
Post your ideas below!
Save those stack potato chip cans! Decorate them as you please, (contact paper, spray paint, decoupage, anything goes) and use them for gift giving such as cookies, popcorn, etc. Also good for storing pasta of any kind.
By Gayle (06/02/2004)
I used them for napkins and plastic tableware for picnics (07/05/2006)
I had only used them for pens and pencils, but I love the idea to use them for homemade cookies! (07/05/2006)
I used one once to make a pillar candle and it came out great. (07/05/2006)
I keep crochet and knitting needles in them. :o) (07/06/2006)
My children and I use them to make solar hot dog cookers. Cut out a rectangle less than half the size of the can, but large enough to let lots of sun shine through, put clear oven bag cut to size over the hole (or clear acetate) and tape it in place. Poke a hole in the center of the lid, and in the center of the bottom. Insert a skewer. Ta-da! A hot dog solar cooker. To use it, put the skewer through the hole in the bottom of the can, poke it through a hot dog and then through the hole in the lid. Place in the bright sun for an hour or so, and you have a nice little lunch or snack, have done an educational project and not used any power, except from the sun! (07/06/2006)
I wonder if they would be good to store spaghetti in? (07/07/2006)
I use the pringles cans to store knitting and crochet needles (07/08/2006)
I heard they are good for extending the range of your wireless network. (07/09/2006)
By Rod Read
I have a home daycare and use them to store all kinds of craft things. Also, you can fill with your own potato chips for outings and picnics and they won't get crushed. I squirt a little dish soap inside, put on the lid, shake, rinse, and you are all set. (08/14/2006)
They make great molds for homemade soap too. Easy to remove the soap after it is set and makes great round bars of soap. (09/28/2006)
Thank you for the great tips. My hubby is on a Pringles kick, and so many cans go to the trash. I will
use a few of these tips. (10/16/2006)
Teachers can use Pringles cans to store pieces of paper for reading games, spelling games, or math games; cover the can with construction paper and put a label on it. Cut strips of paper writing the words or numbers on the paper, inserting them in the can. We use them for reading words in kindergarten; we call it "bang". We put a strip of paper with the word "bang" written in red; each child draws a word and reads it; if they draw a "bang" piece of paper, they draw again; the winner is the child with the most "bang" strips and has read all the words they chose. The winner receives a prize from the treasure box! (07/06/2007)
Some great ideas. My kids will love to decorate them and give cookies or whatever to the teachers this Christmas. (09/25/2008)
We use them to store an open sleeve of Ritz Crackers to keep them nice and fresh. (12/07/2008)
My husband uses them as a disposal for his diabetic testing strips and lancets. I use them to wind Christmas tree light strings around. One string to a can, and no more tangling. I use the lid when grilling as a spoon rest. Fill a can with dry dog food when going camping, just about enough for a weekend (depending on the size of your dog). (03/22/2009)
If you make CP or MandP soap, they make a great round mold! (03/22/2009)
I have seen them prettily covered in paper and then holes pierced around in rows (or how you wish), then used to store/display earrings (pierced). Very pretty. (03/23/2009)
I have found that when making flower arrangements on the cones, the cones fit perfectly in a Pringles can and allows my hands to be free to arrange my flowers. They are also handy to transport the flower arrangements in. Hope this will help someone. (03/23/2009)