My rescue dog's allergy prescriptions recently left me with a bunch of now-empty prescription bottles. I'm sure you have some of these around, and like most people, toss them in the trash. But I have a better idea. In fact, I have 12 ideas.
First, peel or soak the label off the bottle then wash and dry thoroughly. Stick a blank label on or write the contents directly on the bottle with a permanent marker so you'll know what's inside.
Then, you have many uses to choose from! (See below for more instructions)
1. Picture hangers: Hooks, nails, sawtooth hangers and picture wire fit snugly inside the bottle.
2. Ear buds: Keep your ear buds clean and tangle free by slipping them inside a prescription bottle for handy organizing.
3. Paintbrush: Use a rubber band to hold a few bottles together to craft your own paintbrush holder.
4. Eyeshadow applicator: Once you open a new package of makeup applicators you can keep them sanitary by storing them in a bottle.
5. Glitter shaker: Stop wasting glitter. Simply shake out the amount you need by crafting your own glitter shaker. Here's how to create the shaker:
- Place the lid on a hard surface after protecting it with a folded dishtowel
- Carefully push a corn holder through the lid in multiple spots to create the shaker holes
- Pour glitter into the bottle and screw the lid on.
6. Cat Toy: Don't forget about Fluffy. Make a jingle cat toy by adding a few uncooked beans or jingle balls to the bottle and then screw the lid back on.
7. Safety Pins: Store safety pins in your desk drawer for those fashion emergencies.
8. Band aids: Keep a few band aids in your handbag or the glove box of your car just in case.
9. Bobby pins: Forget digging through the vanity drawer trying to locate a single bobby pin instead store them in a bottle and you'll always be able to find one.
10. Earring backings: Never waste time searching for those tiny backings again, simply store them inside a bottle and keep it with your jewelry.
11. Parts and pieces: After assembling an item such as a desk chair store the screws and allen wrench inside. After taking something apart such as a bookcase store the nuts and screws in a bottle and tape it to the item so you can put it back together again.
12. Craft beads: Sort and store beads by shape and color. Glue a bead to the lid making it simple to identify what's inside.
So tell me, what did I miss? How else can we reuse empty prescription bottles?
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Until next time keep it simple and clutter-free! -Jamie
Jamie Novak, The World’s Most Relatable Organizer, is author of "Stop Throwing Money Away: Turn Clutter to Cash, Trash to Treasure—And Save the Planet While You're at It." Please visit her website at JamieNovak.com.