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New Use for Old Bottles

Organizing Good Things 2005, October 2006

Inside every good container lies a household utensil waiting to be revealed. Before you toss out empty plastic jugs, think about giving them a new purpose. Large and small bleach bottles can be rinsed and cut to create stands and portable holders for paint -- especially useful for jobs that require working on a ladder. 

Comments (22)

  • bowmaker 17 Feb, 2009

    I'm pretty sure annicreate was referring to using nail polish bottles to store paint for TOUCH UPS. Which is actually a really good idea! After you spend time painting all the walls in your house, if you get a little ding here and there once in a while, itll be easy to fix it with the paint you stored in you little nail polish bottle. Takes away the hassle of having to go find that old can of paint, get a paintbrush messy, have to clean it, etc.

  • GwenHex 12 Feb, 2009

    yes! i'm going to go paint my house with a nail polish brush!

  • cottagegarden 15 Dec, 2008

    Young Grama - What is the nail polish bottle idea? I love to repurpose as much as I can and this is one bottle I don't know what to do with.
    Country gardener

  • goodiemaker 4 Dec, 2008

    I think this is a great idea. Just wish I saw it September 2007, when we were repainting the entire house before we moved in. But I will definitely use it when we repaint children's rooms.....I also use rinsed out milk jugs to water plants.

  • younggrama 4 Dec, 2008

    What great ideas! annicreate--I LOVE your nail polish bottle idea. Empty bleach or whatever bottles can also be used for the good 'ol camp shower idea. Just poke a [filtered word] in the bottom, turn it over, hang it up and open the lid to let the "shower" water out. Great for pre-rinsing dirty kids or grown-ups before using a motorhome shower.

  • dgigliotti 4 Dec, 2008

    I buy the plastic bottles of milk and wash dry and store my different kinds of rice in them, with cooking instructions written on the bottle with perm marker.

  • annicreate 3 Dec, 2008

    Another paint tip:
    I clean empty nailpolish bottles and their brushes with thinners. Then fill each with paint from various wall and furniture paint jobs. So when something gets a nick, I quickly touch it up with paint from the nailpolish bottle. Nifty with its own brush right there!

  • andeande 6 Aug, 2008

    thanks for the reminder!

  • cgc1955 4 Aug, 2008

    When my husband needs a funnel in the garage/shop for whatever, I cut off the bottom of soda bottles or whatever is handy

  • Aureila 4 Aug, 2008

    I have an old bleach bottle thats held my clothes pin for 20 /- years. It hangs right on the line and has drain holes to stay dry. Another paint storing idea is emply coffee containers. The plastic kind. The lid seals the container and to really keep it fresh, just lay a piece of prastic wrap on the top like sealing pudding. The paint is ready to use each time it's needed for little touch-ups around the house.

  • katthyr000 4 Aug, 2008

    what a great idea. especially for small projects. you can carry it and then throw it away. no mess---no fuss.

  • JulianaLeo 4 Aug, 2008

    I also had this idea that if there is paint in the top part (lid) - you might want to be sure to stablize the bottom half with something heavy, so it won't topple over.

  • mthc 3 Aug, 2008

    Other uses...cut the bottle at an angle from just under the handle to the opposite side for a large scoop to use in the garden. I also use this to scoop sidewalk "salt" in the winter and sprinkle it as I walk. In my small yard I don't use a fancy fertilizer spreader...just punch holes in the bottom of a jug, hold it by the handle

  • tsoave 2 Aug, 2008

    The bottom portion of the bottle is the stand for when you need to set the paint down. By using the top of the bottle to hold the paint, you assure that your paint always remains "deep." And, you can empty the unused paint back into the can by unscrewing the lid over the paint can. I love this idea and will use it with my next painting project.

  • PolkaDotMomof3 2 Aug, 2008

    Great recycling idea. I also use milk jugs for other things. I rinse them out and use them to mix up hummingbird food. That way, if I have extra, I can put it in the refrigerator for a few days until I use it up. You may want to label it though, my husband thought it was kool-aid and drank some. :)

  • magistramadden 2 Aug, 2008

    I am thinking the point is to use this when you are standing and painting not when you are sitting at a table...I have paid a lot of money for bowls with handles that are easier to grip rather than holding a can or bowl...especially for painting trim and edging walls....this will work GREAT!

  • pauprint 2 Aug, 2008

    I've done somthing similar by cutting a large [filtered word] in the container opposite the handle, leaving the bottle structure as is, The [filtered word] is big enough for a brush to fit into and you can hold onto the bottle with its handle. When you need to set it down, it is stable. because it is still the bottle.

  • karendeneroff 2 Aug, 2008

    You also can fill old plactic milk jugs with water to water your plants. The lid also avoid spillinf along the way.

  • Joylee 2 Aug, 2008

    Nice idea but I must agree it does not seem very stable. I would never use this on a ladder.

  • lindadev 11 Jun, 2008

    I use old large plastic bottles like this to fill up bird feeders; no spilling and it works perfectly for filling those tubular feeders.

  • zzoo 4 Apr, 2008

    yyyyyyeahh . . . i'm not sure i'd be at ALL comfortable using something like this unless i were sitting on the ground or using an old, beat-up craft table on which to work. seems a little shaky.

  • rucie 29 Mar, 2008

    This looks too dangerous for a spill if the top was used separately - it could get knocked over unless the "inverted top" was in the bottom.