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Since most laundry detergent bottles aren’t recyclable, I’m always brainstorming ways to be more green with them and save some cash! Putting them to good use, here are 11 of my favorite ways to repurpose old laundry detergent bottles!

Note: As with any project that is made from an item that may contain harmful contents, rinse well and let dry prior to using.

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1. Store leftover paint in recycled laundry detergent bottles.

Reuse a laundry detergent bottle to store old paint.

Over time paint cans can become rusty and messy, ruining your paint. Pour leftover paint into a clean laundry detergent bottle to easily store and keep it fresh. Make sure to label the color and contents before you store it.


2. Make a bookstand for reading.

Reuse a laundry detergent bottle as a book stand.

Make your own book stand for your recipe books or to hold documents as you type. Cut your bottle as shown in the picture, and the bottle will support the weight of the book.


3. Recycle a plastic laundry bottle into a sand bucket.

A sand bucket made out of a plastic laundry container sitting on the beach.

via Fun In The Making

Make digging in the sand easy by cutting off the top of your bottle, leaving the handle in place to easily scoop. If your kids need a carrying container, drill a hole in each side and attach a rope — they can carry it like a purse while they collect shells on the beach.


4. Save a few bucks with a DIY magazine rack.

Reuse a laundry detergent bottle as a magazine rack.

Instead of spending $10 for decorative magazine racks at Target, make your own by cutting the top off of your laundry detergent bottles. The higher the container is, the sturdier it will be to support heavy magazines.


5. Repurpose an empty Tide Pods container into an easy-to-use car garbage can.

Reuse a laundry detergent bottle for a car trash can.



6. Reuse a detergent bottle as a shaker to easily spread winter ice melt.

Reuse a laundry detergent bottle winter ice melt shaker.

After rinsing out your detergent bottle, make sure the inside is completely dry before filling it with ice melt. Replace the pour spout, and easily shake the contents onto frozen driveways and sidewalks. Label the bottle and store it easily all year long.


7. Keep extra plastic grocery bags organized in an empty Tide Pods container.

Reuse a laundry detergent bottle to store plastic grocery bags.


8. Cut a detergent bottle to make a pet food scooper.

Reuse a laundry detergent bottle as a pet food scoop.

Replace flimsy plastic pet food scoops by cutting off the top of a sturdy detergent container just above the handle. Just remember to wash the container well before filling it with your pet’s food.


9. Transform detergent bottles for easy tool shed storage.

Reuse a laundry detergent bottle for tool shed storage.

Cut off the top of a sturdy laundry detergent container to organize hardware items and tools. Use small travel size bottles for items like bolts, washers, and small nails. Store everything neatly in these sturdy containers and label as needed.


10. Make a garden watering can.

Reuse a laundry detergent bottle for a garden watering can

This is easily done just by drilling several holes in the cap of the container. The more holes, the more flow, so remember this as you drill. If you like to collect rainwater for your plants, you can even repurpose the container to collect rainwater.


11. Keep the summer fun going with a bubble refill station.

Reuse a laundry detergent bottle for a bubble refill station

With spring and summer come, butterfly catchers, lemonade stands, and my favorite: bubble-blowing contests! Use laundry detergent bottles with push dispensers and fill them with bubble solution. Then, leave outside for the kids to refill when their little bottles are empty.

To make a bubble solution you’ll need:

  • One cup warm water
  • Two tablespoons liquid dish soap (Dawn works best)
  • One tablespoon glycerin
  • One teaspoon white sugar

This recipe will make about one cup of solution. You can multiply the ingredients to make more. Next, it’s time to mix up the solution.

  1. Pour all the ingredients into the laundry container.
  2. Place the lid back on the container and shake up the ingredients.
  3. Tilt sideways (if your bottle has a spout) and fill up containers with the solution.
  4. Dip wand in solution.
  5. Have fun blowing bubbles.




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