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12 Surprising Uses for Empty Containers & Food Packaging

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Around the House.

1. Make a Plastic Bag Dispenser with an Empty Soda Bottle. Plastic bags are handy to have around, but a pain to store without a swift descent into  drawer chaos. That’s what makes this simple trick so perfect — cut off the bottom of a 2-liter soda bottle, cram your plastic bags inside, and put it an out-of-the-way spot in your kitchen. You can then grab one through the neck of the bottle.

2. Scrub Dishes Like a Pro. You know those mesh bags that citrus fruits are sold in? Save ‘em and use wadded up balls of mesh to wash your dishes. They do the trick just as well commercial scrub brushes.

3. Save Water. How’s this for perfect: cut down on your water bill, do your part to save a precious resource and upcycle an old plastic bottle?! Turn any toilet into a low flush toilet with this simple trick.

4. Use Plastic Containers as a Scoop. Repurpose plastic cups as a scoop for pet food, mulch in the garden, and more.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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2:14PM PST on Feb 4, 2014

This does not need to be spread over 4 pages!

2:50PM PST on Dec 20, 2013


7:16PM PDT on Oct 24, 2013

Thank You.

4:39PM PDT on Oct 16, 2013

might try this

6:07AM PDT on Sep 24, 2013

Thanks. It's very hard to buy anything that doesn't come in plastic...but I have largely eliminated the plastic plague from my house.

1:13PM PDT on Sep 20, 2013

Thank you!

9:51PM PDT on Sep 14, 2013

For those of us driving an older vehicle , Keep a few water filled repurposed soda bottles
in the trunk , if the car overheats you've hopefully got enough water to get to help .

9:46PM PDT on Sep 14, 2013

Nice clever tips , Thanks

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