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Many items we buy at the supermarket or department store these days comes with plastic packaging around it one way or another. Depending on the shape and size of the packaging, it could be useful for something else. This is a guide about uses for plastic packaging.
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By 10 found this helpful
July 16, 2009

Use cupcake trays from the grocery store bakery for mini greenhouse to start plant seeds in. Each cake compartment holds a peat seed starter pot nicely.

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May 26, 2011

I recently bought one of these $.99 travel packs with 8 bandages in it. When it was empty, I found that it is perfect for all kinds of things. You can put in q-tips, antacids, nails and small screws, and I keep some insulin needles in mine. Other things could be medications like aspirin, coins for laundry, hair pins, rubber bands, and the hits just keep on coming!

I especially like the little hole where you can keep it on a lanyard for a sporting event, a key chain, or on a peg hook. And, you can peel off the front so people don't think they are bandages anymore, and label them with a felt tip marker.

Hope this helps!

By Sandi from Salem, OR

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November 10, 2011

Having to test my sugar daily leaves me with these wonderful little tubes that seal down really well. They are smaller than old film tubes, so you can't put quarters in them. But, you can put dimes and nickles in them for parking meters and such.
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Simply peel off the sticker and replace it with your own, or gel pen the contents on the lid. You can also fit in matches, rings if you are at the pool, paper clips, thumb tacks, nails and glue, and the hits just keep on coming!

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By Sandi A. from Salem, OR

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July 27, 2011

I recently purchased some glue on nails at the Dollar Tree. This wonderful little container they came in just stayed in a drawer, determined to be needed until today.
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While the battery charger was finishing its work, I thought of this little thing and how handy it would be to let me know if the batteries were charged or needed to be.

Not only can you write on it, but you can hang it up, too!

So, let the games begin!

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Keep it for Postage Stamps, coupons, hardware, buttons, beads (not too tiny, this opens all the way like a suitcase so it must be on a secure, flat surface), small craft items, jewelry, toothpicks, hair pins, mini tubes for travel, paperclips, mini post-its, and more!

By Poor But Proud from Salem, OR

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May 8, 2016

My friend and I love sugar free gum. Her console is not designed to keep many things by the cigarette lighter. But, I found that the container I got a manicure set in from the Dollar Tree is perfect. Because its lid is see-through and tall, we can keep more gum inside and see when we are getting low.

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You could also use this for antacids, a small medical kit, snacks, and change.

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June 21, 2011

The magazines I receive often come in plastic bags, and I find that if I am very careful and cut them at the top, I can re-use them around the house. Same with the plastic bags samples come in and so on.

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May 19, 2008

I don't know about you but my underwear drawer is frequently in disarray. I keep those clear plastic things that sheets come in and tablecloths because they are good for so many things.

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April 24, 2013

Magazines that arrive in the mail are often in a clear plastic sack. Open it carefully instead of ripping it hurriedly and you have a nice sack to save items.

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By 4 found this helpful
February 3, 2016

After using wax for my warmers, I don't throw the plastic away. I use it for paint compartments for small projects. The lid snaps and keeps my paint fresh.

Reusing Plastic Containers for Craft Paint

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August 4, 2017

We had homemade pizza with mushrooms recently and the package inspired the perfect way to organize our kitchen junk drawer. These cute little blue containers are perfect for corralling all those small necessities that, left loose, junk up the junk drawer.

A blue packaging container for mushrooms, used to organize a drawer.

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December 27, 2010

I save bits of hard "see through" plastic from the boxes of things I buy (toaster, etc.) to use as a disposable paint palette for acrylic paints that I use for crafts. It doesn't have a well, but the paint stays put anyway.

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August 15, 20082 found this helpful

School teacher supplies can be a challenge to store in a crowded classroom with limited storage space. Empty tennis ball containers which are clear can store office supplies such as paper clips, paper brads, pens, pencils, erasers, etc.

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April 25, 2013

I used dry facial cleansing clothes to remove my makeup. They come in a nice size plastic container that is great when empty to use in drawers as dividers for such things as socks, jewelry, panty hose, etc.

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May 21, 2008

I use the piece of plastic found underneath the bacon in each package. It is flimsy enough to cut with regular scissors, yet strong enough to use many times over.

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October 6, 20042 found this helpful

Every once in a while I will get in my mailer a really nice plastic CD box with a CD from one of the "other internet providers" I use these to mail Photo CD's to my family. Open the CD and lay the box flat and remove the paper from inside the plastic cover.

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March 23, 2009

I've noticed that there are a lot of same-size things around the house that can be reused.

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February 22, 20171 found this helpful

A lot of small items will easily fit into those empty pencil lead containers, such as pins, needles, bobby pins, and more. This is a guide about uses for pencil lead containers.

Pencil Lead Containers

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July 10, 2013

These little pill packets made out of plastic squares are extra sharp. You can open packages with them, and they slice right through tape on packages.

Reuse Pill Blister Packages As Box Cutter

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September 8, 2008

I have used the waxy earplugs to help me sleep for a while. I love the containers, and use them for all kinds of things. I have a nice new deck of cards in one, my business cards in another, a mini sewing kit in another (in fact, the dollar trees' have mini sewing kits in them already), mini first-aid kit, craft items, and soooooooo much more! Enjoy!

Earplug Cases For Storage

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May 21, 20081 found this helpful

Take the plastic containers that come ready to eat with chips and salsa and clean it out. These make excellent swimming pools for your miniature house layouts. Usually they come in black but you can paint them to resemble a swimming pool. Great recycle project

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March 15, 20170 found this helpful

Many plastic containers work quite well for starting your seeds prior to spring planting. This is a guide about reuse plastic containers for seedlings.

Reuse Plastic Containers for Seedlings

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June 20, 20050 found this helpful

Keep a few disposable Cool Whip tubs on hand. You can always use them for freezing leftovers, or taking a dish of something over to your neighbor's. Today, I needed one for a neighbor's dog that had gotten loose. He was thirsty and I gave him 2 bowls of water. Afterwards, I just tossed the tub away.

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November 11, 20140 found this helpful

This is a guide about uses for cupcake liner containers. The plastic cup that cupcake papers are often sold in can be helpful for other things.

Cupcake Liners

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By 1 found this helpful
December 29, 2009

I would love to see ideas on planned leftovers, not necessary for food. For instance purchasing an item wanting the container for a further use.

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December 29, 20090 found this helpful

i really like the plastic flip top tasters choice boxes! I store "W&W's" (as my son jokingly refers to them)
in them or the ones I get from a Dutch bakery near here which are called Earnies & other candies or candied fruit ! Glue a couple quarter sized (.25c piece) googlie eyes on the brown lid for fun!

Also I used to buy a bakery item that came in a super sturdy clear plastic box (i believe it was mini muffins)
The box was slightly rectangular & would fit the larger size recipe cards.
That is a good way to shop though ! You should be commended for your mindfullness of this.Being aware of the need for doing/dealing with empties is becoming more & more popular!
I love that so many people keep in mind as they shop the potential for later use of the containers/bags/boxes!
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December 29, 20090 found this helpful

I purchase gift packs that are on clearance after the holidays...just for the containers they come in. I take the soaps, shampoos & other bath items to a local shelter, and keep the containers.
I've used them to store pet toys, plant flowers, waste baskets...anything I can think of at the time. Some have actual baskets, other are wire baskets & I have found a few that have metal tubs. You can usually get them for 50%-75% off after the holidays.

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December 29, 20090 found this helpful

We buy lunch meat in plastic lockable containers. Ones like they sell: hefty, glad lock, ziplock. After the meat is gone we wash the containers and reuse them for multiple tasks: left overs, drawer stock (paper clips, rubber bands, tea bags, fuses, push pins, etc.) and nuts/bolts to name a few things.

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December 31, 20090 found this helpful

Jimmy Dean pre-cut sausage patty slices come on a very hard plastic twin tray, suitable for beading projects. To set on a bathroom or kitchen counter to hold jewelry. Perfect size for a pencil/pen tray, etc.
Coffee creamer shaker bottles can be used for glitter,powdered sugar,a few loads of laundry detergent to the laundromat instead of the whole box,bath salts,you name it.

I always, always, buy products in glass jars versus plastic, like salsa, jelly, peanut butter, etc. These are then washed and recycled as homemade jelly and jam jars (yes, they are safe, as long as you seal the jelly with a paraffin wax layer on top). I put hot peppers in vinegar in them, etc.

Other plastic jars with screw on lids are saved for camping trips and the like; to carry shampoo, syrup, ground coffee, sugar, etc. Keeps things from spilling, and raccoons, bears, and sugar ants can't unscrew the lids!
metal coffee cans instead of plastic store cooking oil after use.

Spices in clear glass or plastic bottles-when empty, I use them to store beads I have sorted.
Rectangular plastic baby wipe containers store and carry medicine bottles all together neatly.
Green plastic berry baskets store kitchen sponges upright to air dry.
Plastic net onion bags are perfect for bathtub toys.
Plastic liquid laundry detergent bottles with the spout removed are perfect to sit beside the sink for compost scraps;.screw the lid on to keep bugs out, odors in, until you are ready to take them outside.

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January 1, 20100 found this helpful

I buy Catalina spaghetti sauce. In addition to it being the only commercial one that I think is not too sweet, I also buy it for the beautiful jars. I've gotten so many of these that I've been giving then away on freecycle. I store all kinds of stuff in them; anywhere from food to cotton balls, nuts, bolts, etc. Some are sitting on my counter top loaded with food items . I'm thinking about painting the lids with craft paint or attaching a pretty cloth topper like you see on jars in the stores. I also use the containers that dry parmazon cheese (can't spell it) comes in. Put baking soda in them to sprinkle in my sinks to clean; not so abrasive. I have a lot of cute little jars that things come in that I'm saving when I decide what to use them for.

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March 29, 20151 found this helpful

My baby spinach and mixed salad greens come in clear plastic boxes with fitted lids, they are about 7"x11" and 3"deep. I use them for scrapbbooking and cardmaking supplies. The lids have a rim on them and they stack securely. They are clear so it's easy to see what is inside.

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February 26, 20160 found this helpful

I use them in the cupboard to keep taco seasoning envelopes, etc. neat. I also have a yellow container, similar to the one at the beginning of this file, and use it to store sandwich-making fixings in the frig. I just pull it out when hubby's hungry.

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September 22, 2008

I bought some linen recently which was wrapped in thick clear plastic, like a wallet. My husband bought underpants contained in the same material. I don't want to just throw this clear plastic away - surely it could have another use? Windows for a doll's house perhaps? (which I don't really want to make!) Does anyone have any ideas? They'd be gratefully accepted!

Cheers,
Virginia Cooke from Canberra, Australia

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September 22, 20080 found this helpful

I put out of season clothing and blankets in what I think you're talking about.

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September 22, 20080 found this helpful

Make sure you open the package carefully and you can re-use it for storage.

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September 22, 20080 found this helpful

I use stuff like that to cover pictures that I have on my refrigerator, to protect them if they happen to get knocked onto the floor.

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September 24, 20080 found this helpful

I have a large one that a bed and comfortor set came in that houses our volleyball and net, and another for a badmitten set. I have ones that I keep stuff in inside the trunk of my car to keep items clean and dust free-one ontains my first aid kit, a flare set, writing paper, deck of cards and a blanket. I add a few more with more blankets and socks, gloves and hats during the winter since we are 21 miles out from the city.

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September 24, 20080 found this helpful

I use them for seasonal bedding. This time of year over here is fall, so the flannel sheets come out from under the bed, and the warm weather ones go in. They are also great for sleepovers, craft projects you are taking on a trip, or anything you need to see but keep clean. I esp' love the ones with the zippers and baggage handles.

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September 25, 20080 found this helpful

How about using a large piece to cover cook books when you are using them, so dirt doesn't fall onto the pages?

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November 10, 20081 found this helpful

I use smaller ones (from curtains and underwear) to store my "white" lace and satin fabric in.

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January 23, 2013

I love Healthy Choice Steamers. They are very tasty and good nutrition. The container you cook it in comes in two parts. A bowl and a top that has holes in it to let out the steam. I always recycle these, but can they be re-used for other foods?

By Joanne from Bourbonnais, IL

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January 28, 20132 found this helpful

Yes, they can be reused. EX: steam your frozen veg's, bake a potato in it, heat any single serving, and not food related, my daughter took some of my containers for her grandkids to use when they caught lightening bugs. Use container like any other, good for EZMac too.

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November 27, 2016

Any ideas for using plastic box the MACK'S earplugs come in?

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November 28, 20160 found this helpful

I have used them for this idea. Hope that helps.

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December 2, 20160 found this helpful

I would put business cards in them.

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July 20, 2012

I have a square plastic clear container, about 1 foot high supported with metal rods. What could I do with it besides a terrarium which I don't want?

By Sandy C

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July 21, 20120 found this helpful

Make a large photo cube. Place four photos or a collage of photos and place some artificial flowers inside, stuck inside some floral foam. Use ribbons around the flowers, etc.

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July 22, 20120 found this helpful

A catch-all! Or a sand garden with shells, coral, mini starfish, & sand dollar! And maybe even a mini palm tree... whatever you decide. I'm sure it will be great! Have fun! : D

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July 23, 20121 found this helpful

Would make a nice wastebasket for the bathroom. Fill with Christmas balls or pine cones or balls of yarn.

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