Replacing a Missing Cap or Lid

It is frustrating when a container's lid goes missing. Often lids and caps from other containers will fit. If you keep some lids of various sizes on hand, you may be able to replace a missing one. Other materials such as foil, plastic, and paper can be used in a pinch.

The silicon cap ended up missing but I'm not going to let that stop me. A rubberband and a coffee filter later and I was enjoying my treat!

By melody_yesterday from Sedalia, MO

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Every once in a while, you lose a lid to something important. I once plugged my waterbed with a small lid from a Vicks Vaporub jar. It worked for 6 years.

A cottage cheese lid on top of some round stacking cardboard boxes.

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June 24, 2005

I have found that the tops of chapstick type lipsticks get lost a lot around kids. I use the tops smaller markers as a replacement. Some of them fit perfectly. I keep a collection of these caps for just such a purpose. The markers quickly dry out when left uncovered so I just recycle them.

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When I find good gallon jugs in recycling, I often keep them to put water ahead, or mix weed killer or plant food. But sometimes, the caps are missing. Foil is a great stop gap but not a permanent solution.

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