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Uses for Laundry Detergent Caps

The house I live in does laundry a lot. And, they didn't recycle till I showed them the error of their ways.

So, instead of tossing these in the bin, I put them to good use. Here is an example of the things you can do with these wonderful lids!

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By Sandi/Poor But Proud from Sweet Home, OR

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October 14, 2005

I made this planter out of an empty detergent lid. Just paint it and plant. You could use spray paint or I like to use model paint. I used a sharpie to make the face of the jack-o-lantern. Happy Halloween!

Halloween Planter from Detergent Lid

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November 8, 2005

The lids from the Wisk bottles make the best cookie cutters for kid playdough-just right for little hands...

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Air freshener dispensers and some laundry products have colorful caps. One way of reusing them is to use as luminaries or candle holders.

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November 8, 2005

Extra laundry soap measuring cups make great bath tub toys. So do the plastic lids off of bottles of things like Wisk. When they get gunky throw them out...

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June 11, 2005

From the Laundry Room to Snowmen! Save those big caps from your Liquid Laundry detergent bottles. Wash them out good and turn them upside down (so it looks like a cup).

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February 10, 2012

This video teaches you how to make an adorable pincushion out of a laundry detergent cap.

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The question this morning about laundry powder scoops got me to thinking about the amount of plastic in my house. I use a lot of liquid laundry detergent and dishwasher soap.

Can someone tell me a good way to reuse these bottles and caps? I reuse buckets and bowls for storage of small things.

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October 11, 20071 found this helpful

They are great for starting seeds or planting small plants in for gifts. The many different colors makes for a nice display at a craft fair. You can crochet or glue decoration around the edge and plant smnall plants.
You can also use them to make pin cusions. Fill with clean sand, add fiber-fill to the top, cut out a piece of material larger than the top, stretch over the top, and tuck it in. Glue decorative edging around the top to seal. Great craft fair items and small gifts.

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By carrie (Guest Post)
January 11, 20080 found this helpful

In Charlie and the chocolate factory he makes a model of the factory out of toothpaste lids:)

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October 7, 20091 found this helpful

I am actually collecting detergent caps for a project for my daughter's pre-k. We need around 200-250. The bigger ones are best. does anyone have any they can donate? Thanks! Ron ron AT flexigroup.com

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May 21, 20100 found this helpful

I washed my large laundry detergent lids and let the kids play with them in their bath.

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January 16, 20180 found this helpful

I have a whole box full of them

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November 6, 2011

What can you do with left over laundry detergent caps?

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November 8, 20110 found this helpful

I saw some photos here of people using them to contain small items in a drawer, such as paper clips, thumb tacks and rubber bands.

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November 9, 20110 found this helpful

You can use them to hold craft materials like beads or jewelry clasps or as a paint container for dipping your artist brush into.

Whatever you do, do not use them for any food or beverage items. Not even as a scoop.

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November 9, 20112 found this helpful

Never the trash, please. They won't biodegrade till your kids have grandkids!

www.thriftyfun.com/tf81527112.tip.html. This is one I posted last year. I hope this and all the imagination you can muster will give you ideas.

They can be used in the office, craft room, bathroom, shop, or even the car. Ever can't find any quarters in your console or want to keep them in the cup holder? This you can lift out and use without having to scoop them out when you are in a hurry or in a dark car.

Another is spot spackling nail holes then later using a bit of paint to spot paint. The ideas are almost endless.
PBP

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November 9, 20110 found this helpful

Never the trash, please. They won't biodegrade till your kids have grandkids!

www.thriftyfun.com/tf81527112.tip.html. This is one I posted last year. I hope this and all the imagination you can muster will give you ideas.

They can be used in the office, craft room, bathroom, shop, or even the car. Every can't find any quarters in your console or want to keep them in the cup holder? This you can lift out and use without having to scoop them out when you are in a hurry or in a dark car.

Another is spot spackling nail holes then later using a bit of paint to spot paint. The ideas are almost endless.
PBP

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November 30, 2010

One way we reuse the caps from liquid laundry detergent bottles is in the bathroom: we use them to rinse our mouths after brushing our teeth.

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