There are so many everyday items that we have around our homes that can be reused and recycled before they really need to head off to the trash or the compost pile. One of those very useful things is plastic water bottles.
Now before you panic on me about reusing plastic, here's a tip. If you do plan on reusing your plastic water bottles, first check the number on the bottom. If it's a 1 or 2, these water bottles are safe to reuse. If it's any other number it's time to toss in the recycling bin or in the trash once you've used it once. Any number besides 1 or a 2 is not a good enough plastic to reuse and will end up leeching chemicals into whatever you a reusing the water bottle for. We don't need that!
So what can you do with an old water bottle? Here are some ideas!
Use as a mini green house. Did you just plant a little flower or veggie and need it to get growing? Cut off the bottom of a water bottle and use the top as a mini greenhouse for your plant. You could also do this with bigger plants and large plastic bottles such as old soda bottles or milk jugs. (We use milk jugs in the garden!)
Store extra green onions or herbs. If you've already gone through all the work of chopping up extra herbs or green onions, just use a funnel and pour them into the bottle and freeze. When you are ready to use you already have an easy-pour bottle to get your onions or herbs right into the dish you are cooking!
Reuse as a water bottle. Seems simple right? As long as you have the #1 or #2 plastic you can reuse your water bottle as a water bottle. You can also fill up and stick in the freezer to use as an ice pack that you can drink as it thaws!
Make your own funnel. Cut off the top of the water bottle and turn over to use as a little funnel.
Use the empty bottles to create a Cheap Baby Sensory Toy. My little boy just loves playing with water bottles and I'm more than happy to let him, it's a cheap toy!
Find even more Repurposing Ideas on this page.
Those are just the tip of the iceberg...what do you reuse your plastic water bottles for?
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