Here are some useful — even fun — ways to reuse water bottles. Experiment with different size bottles. Leave your own tips below.
- Fill a bottle of water about 3/4 the way up and keep it in the freezer as ice packs for injuries. They can also be used in a lunchbox or cooler.
- Easily warm up your feet by filling a bottle of water with hot water, covering it in a clean towel, laying it on it’s side, and setting your feet on top. This same method can be used to warmed chilled hands.
- Cut off the bottom half and keep the top on hand as a funnel.
- Cut off the top half, and use as an easy pour spout for bagged rice, chocolate chips and more. See the instructions HERE.
- Cut off the very bottom and stuff all of your old grocery store bags for easy dispensing next time you need them.
- Create your very own homemade juicer for citrus fruit. Cut off the top half of a plastic water bottle, place it in a bowl. Then you can use the top of the bottle to juice the halves of lemons, limes, and oranges.
- Cut the top 1/3 off 3 water bottles (make them the same size), then cover them with paper or fabric and glue them together to make plastic utensil holders for get-togethers.
- Use the bottom half of the water bottle to plant your seed starters.
- You can also place the bottom half over a planter pot to create a tiny greenhouse.
- Use bottles as an “automatic waterer” for plants. You just cut off the very bottom of the bottle and stick the top (that you usually drink out of) deep down into the dirt making sure it’s steady and balances on it’s own. Then fill it to the top with water. The bottle will automatically empty at the dirt needs saturated and the plant needs water.
- Poke several holes in a 2 liter bottle, attach a hose with duct tape, and use it as a sprinkler (this works in a pinch when you invite children to a summer BBQ but you don’t have any outdoor toys around).
- Create your own weights for working out. a 1 liter bottle filled with sand weighs about 3.5 pounds. Just make sure the lid is sealed tight.
- Create and “I Spy” bottle for kids to keep busy in the car. Simple fill up the bottle with rice or small dried beans. Add different colored and shaped beans, tiny toys, buttons, sequins, pebbles, and other craft items). Seal the lid with glue. Then have the kids look shake and search for the different items while you are on the road.
- Here are several photos of really fun and creative ways to use plastic bottles (especially to entertain your kids).
How do you use plastic water bottles around your home? Share your ideas HERE.