Uses for Gallon Detergent Bottles and Inserts

Uses for Gallon Detergent Bottles and Inserts:

Birdhouse Door Reducer

I finally figured a way to recycle those gallon detergent no-drip inserts that were driving me nuts, since I have so many. At least ONE of them is in the experimental stage as a tiny migratory bird house doorsize reducer, providing both an insulated weatherproof "porch entry" and preventing larger birds from stopping by to harass them, AND to prevent any other natural enemy from entering.


When the babies are ready to leave, it will give them a boost out the door, I HOPE. I'm trying only on one to see if it is acceptable by the birds. The tiny house I used had a much too large hole in relation to the space of the house. The hole is supposed to be an appropriate size for the bird.

Leftover Paint Containers

I also thought about rinsing and using these old wide-mouth "dripless" plastic detergent gallons WITH THEIR INSERTS INTACT for left-over paint who's can has begun to rust. (I use Sun Detergent because it is a great value and cleans well enough, being on sale occasionally at Fiesta's for $1.99 gallon! No other detergent can beat that!)

With the plastic gallons, it would be easy to see if it's still good, easy to open, and easy to pour without drips! I have saved, and about to use many of about 30 partial cans of left-over paint, picked up from curbside since no one can drop them off at our local recycling center any longer, and would have to drive about 10 miles to dispose of them instead. It is a God-send for me, so I will pour and mix until I get a decent color for each room that needs fresh paint. I also learned in a bizarre way, by experience, that most paints can be readily mixed together, regardless.


By Lynda from Richardson,TX

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