I’m not the only one with empty gallon drink jugs from juice, milk, or iced tea am I? I didn’t think so. Before you recycle the next gallon drink jug, here are six clever reuses.
- Make an outdoor “sink” just like the one I used at Girl Scout camp. You’ll need a jug, a golf tee, and some rope. First, rinse the jug then poke a small starter hole about one inch up from the bottom. Push the golf tee into the hole (as a plug) then use a piece of string to tie the tee to the handle of the jug. Once you fill the jug with water use a belt or rope to hang the jug outdoors. Your outdoor “sink” can be useful near the garden area for rinsing your tools or near where your children play to rinse sidewalk chalk off their hands. If you want to get really fancy hang a bar of soap tied in the leg of an old pair of pantyhose and add a microfiber cloth for drying.
- Slice off the top of the jug and you have a funnel. Your new funnel is perfect for tasks like adding washer fluid to the car—without spilling.
- Tired of vacuuming coins out from under the couch cushions? The jug can be a piggy bank, the one place to toss spare change on the way out the front door.
- When cut in half, leaving the handle attached, you’ll have a scoop. This scoop is just what you need to shovel sand at the beach, soil in the garden, kitty litter in the box or dog food in the bag. Just be sure to screw on the lid!
- Instead of cutting the base off to make a scoop, you can cut a large hole in the top of jug to make a container. This sturdy container can hold nails in a workshop, ribbon in a craft area, or clothespins on the line. Keep your clothespins handy by hanging the jug on the line from the handle.
I’m sure these are not the only six smart reuses. Share your suggestion in the comments below.
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Until next time keep it simple and clutter-free!
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.