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11 New Ways to Use Laundry Detergent Bottles

Get Creative with Laundry Detergent and Bleach Bottles


Laundry detergent and bleach bottles are a basic in almost every home. But what can you do with them beyond the laundry room? More than you've ever imagined!

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1. Scoop it Up

The heavy plastic in most detergent and bleach bottles is ideal for making an inexpensive scoop. Cut diagonally across the middle of an empty, clean bottle and use the half with the handle to scoop up fertilizer, rock salt, pet waste or to use as a dust pan.

2. Tone Up

Save two identical bottles and fill them with water or sand to use as weights in strength training.

3. Weight it Down

Bottles filled with sand or water can be used to hold down a tarp, portable sports equipment like a pitching net or basketball hoop. Keep a couple of bottles filled with sand or rock salt in the trunk of your car during winter months for the weight and deicing.

4. Fill It Up

Cut off the tops of bottles to create a funnel for all those messy jobs like transferring paint, filling the lawn mower or changing the car's oil.

5. In the Garage

For large bottles, cut a hole in the side leaving on the handle and use it as a tool caddy. Smaller bottles, cut the same way, are great for separating and holding nails, screws and other small pieces. You can even label the outside for quick access.

6. Clear the Way

Store rock salt in a clean and thoroughly dried bottle, tightly capped. When the storm hits, you can hold it by the handle and sprinkle away without taking off your gloves.

7. Create Sturdy Templates

If you enjoy crafting, you know that each time you use a paper template it changes size just a bit. You can make plastic templates from laundry bottles that can be used many times. Simply cut of the top and bottom of the bottle and slit the remaining circle of plastic so it can lie flat. Mark template with permanent marker and cut it out to use over and over again.

8. Water Away

Almost any size bottle can be made into a gentle sprinkler for watering plants. Rinse the bottle thoroughly and dry well. Use an ice pick or awl to punch holes in the lid. Fill the bottle with water, tighten on the cap and sprinkle away.

9. Drip Irrigation

If you want to apply a slow, steady supply of water to a plant, use a detergent bottle to create drip irrigation. Wash out the bottle thoroughly, use a pin or very small nail to punch several holes in the bottom. Fill the bottle and set next to the plant. This is particularly helpful for tender plants if you are going to be away for a day or so.

10. Make a Detergent Bottle Lamp

This fun YouTube video shows you step-by-step how to make a lamp from a detergent bottle. The finished lamp would be so cute in a laundry room. My only suggestions, add a shade and a eco-friendly bulb.

11. Crafts for the Kids

Mary Marlowe Leverette
From piggy banks to Halloween and Christmas decorations, the laundry room offers plenty of creative materials.

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