Reusing Plastic Bottles

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April 10, 2018

A recycled hydrogen peroxide bottle with a Clorox label.Peroxide is a great disinfectant with a lot of applications. It also removes a lot of stains, particularly organic stains such as blood. I buy the larger bottles as I use it quite often.


I've found a good use for the empty bottles. As nothing has been in them except peroxide, a thorough rinse and they're ready for most any reuse.

To save money, I buy a lot of household chemicals in gallon containers. Keeping these larger sizes under the kitchen sink would take up far too much room.

I cut labels from these gallon jugs and secure them to peroxide bottles with wide shipping tape. The wide tape keeps the label clean and readable.

Then I fill the bottles with liquid from the gallon jugs. A dollar dish pan from Dollar Tree neatly houses several of these bottles under the sink, all easily accessible and clearly labeled.

The gallon jugs go back to a utility shelf in a pantry. There, I always have a reserve and by making note of that reserve, I never run out.

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August 2, 2011

We are having a family get together soon. I am tired of recycling all those water and Gatorade bottles. How can I prep the empty bottles for the kids to paint (so they use the same bottle all weekend), wash, and reuse? Do I use a plastic primer then acrylic or oil based paint or do I use the Krylon primer? Thanks.

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You could put a different color rubber band for each child around the bottle.

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August 3, 20110 found this helpful
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Duct tape and sharpie markers work really well, and should last through the weekend. Freezer tape also, but duct tape is so easily available now.

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Some of those bottles are so flimsy they might not last the weekend - and they're not easy to wash nor are they supposed to be refilled. Why don't you get some sturdy plastic tumblers at the dollar store and have the kids use those?


You won't have to worry about possibly toxic paint either.

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Disposable plastic water bottles and sport drink bottles like Gatorade are made with HDPE #1 plastic. They are meant for original one time use only. Chemicals from that plastic leaches into beverages you refill them with thereafter.

I agree with purchasing inexpensive tumblers or even water bottles meant for reuse along with using freezer tape, or even painters tape, instead of duct tape because duct tape residue is difficult to remove. I also wouldn't use any sort of paint directly on plastics for beverage or foods because the chemicals from the paint will most likely leach into the plastic and hence into the contents of the container.


Rule of thumb for reusing plastics for any food or beverage is that it be 'food grade' recycle #2, #4 or #5.

Oh, I reuse empty non-dairy creamer bottles for beverages. They are the safe #2, have a closeable spout and it's easy to remove their labels.

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We drink cranberry juice. To fill in the empty spaces and build up the bottom of our chest freezer, I freeze water in the 64 ounce cranberry juice containers. They lay flat and fit perfectly between the dividers. This helps to keep the freezer full.

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