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There are many plastic and glass containers that can be used more than once. This is a page about reusing food containers.


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By 17 found this helpful
January 8, 2010

I was thinking of posting this tip, when another reader asked the very question, so here goes: Save the containers that grocery and consumable items come in and repurpose them!

Here are a few examples:

When you wash a lidded container, even though you dry it, before you store it, place a paper towel in it, then close the lid. This will absorb excess moisture until you are ready to use it,and will also prevent rust on metal canning jar lids stored on their jars.

By Gloria Hayes from Darien, GA

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By 4 found this helpful
June 6, 2011

Any time if my mother would buy sherbet ice cream, she would usually keep the containers to clean out first and use the containers for anything. For Example:


  • Put food in them so we wouldn't use any plates, saving money from the water bill, Ajax soap, and time in the kitchen.
  • Containers to store seeds.
  • Store liquid substances at room temperature, depending how long before you are going to put it in the freezer or whatever place is needed.
  • To place soaps in while taking a bath, so it not disintegrate by heavy showering or dropping the soap while taking baths. Also good for traveling with soap.
  • Keep it as a piggy bank.
  • Keep hard to find tiny objects in the container. Even label it "You forgot something", just as a reminder so you won't panic.
  • Plant a little flower in for your windows.
  • Use to store anything homemade. It could be chopped fruits/vegetables, makeup, remedies, jams, pickles, etc.
  • Decorate the containers as a gift for parties or whatever you want to do.
What's the point of buying small containers from a dollar store, when you can use food containers for anything.

Source: my mother, Kathleen

By ERM747 from Houston, TX

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By 2 found this helpful
October 21, 2011

I have a habit of re-using containers from food and drink items. This morning my visiting son yelled to me that the coffee creamer had gone bad. I knew immediately what had happened.

I use the flavored refrigerated creamer for coffee. When it was empty, I cleaned it out and put mixed pancake batter in it. Easy and simple way to have your pancake batter ready to go in the morning without having to mix every day.

Well you guessed it! He had grabbed the container with the batter and poured himself a big dollop in his coffee! You'd think he would learn after his big glass of hummingbird food "kool-aid" (stored in a half gallon milk container) he enjoyed last Spring.


By nonniebeth from Rome, GA

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By 5 found this helpful
February 9, 2010

Save your plastic containers from store bought items to reuse at home. My husband uses butter bowls to take soups, spaghetti, etc. to work. Then throws the bowl away and has nothing to keep up with.

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April 3, 2018

I poured a can of pineapple into a plastic tub and realized I didn't have a lid. Then I went to get one with a lid, and found out it didn't have one either.

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By 0 found this helpful
March 9, 2006

I like to recycle things and I have found that the containers for coffee creamers are great for elbow macaroni.

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February 20, 2019

My favorite use out of these containers are when I share food with family or friends. Instead of putting the food to transport in a Tupperware and collecting the Tupperware back, this works better because my family/friend does not have to give these containers back.

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January 17, 2019

Years ago, liquid laundry detergents came out with the wonderful cap. You all know the one; it's not only a measuring device but it fits inside and doesn't allow a drip on the outside. One of the best things around.

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By 1 found this helpful
October 14, 2011

I use margarine and cottage cheese containers for storing food in the fridge. To ID which one is actually the margarine or cottage cheese, I put a rubber band around that one. It not only IDs it, but helps to grip the container especially if you have small children.

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August 18, 2008

If you have a sleeve of crackers that you want to transport whole, slip them in a Pringles or Stax can.

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September 26, 2018

I used a 35.3 oz. Nestle Coffee-mate container to apply water proofing sealer to our deck. The container is comfortable to hold and it made the job much easier. After I finished, I put it in the trash.

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December 23, 20120 found this helpful

What can plastic frosting containers be used for?

By Judy


December 24, 20120 found this helpful

I use them to give my cat a bit of tuna. I don't like to mix it in his dry cat food and I pick it up as soon as he's done.

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