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Friday, September 2, 2011

Ways To Use Old Prescription Bottles

Before reusing any empty prescription bottle in anyway take off the labels, so no one has access to your personal information and then clean and sanitize the bottles thoroughly.

I am on several different medications and was looking for ways to use reuse empty bottles  rather than toss them in the recycle bin....here are a few ideas I found from creative people who were kind enough to take their time to post and share...o them I say:  Thank You!


1. Store seeds inside the bottles and then label the bottles according to the seeds they hold. Seeds that need to be kept cold can easily be placed inside the fridge in these bottles.

2. Glue several bottles next to each other and use the glued collection on your desk as a storage system for all your tiny things: rubber bands, paper clips, hair pins, needles, nails, bolts, screws, matches, etc. Or just place some fresh flowers inside to brighten up your office.

3. If you need a coin holder to place in your purse or your car, place your loose change in the prescription bottles. No more looking everywhere for change especially if you need to pay the toll.

4. Donate your empty prescription bottles to your local vet, animal shelters, Some places will take prescription bottles and reuse them to fill prescriptions for the animals.

5. Personally I use them to store loose beads for jewelry making

6. Homeless shelters sometimes take empty prescription bottles. Call your local homeless shelter to find out if they do.

7. Makes a nice rattle/toy for cats (not babies). Put some dried beans inside and close it tight. Then let them play.

8. If you like to paint decorative pieces and buy paint in large sizes to save money you can transfer some paint to these small containers to work on one or two projects at a time without using up all the paint or letting it dry up.

Note: I have read in several places that it is not wise to use prescription bottles for any kind of food storage due to the residue that some prescriptions leave behind so please use caution if you decide to use any of the food storage tips below.

9. Here is an early valentine gift idea that involves reusing brown prescription bottles. Susan from Houston, TX fills hers up with chocolate kisses, relabels them “Rx for a Happy Valentine’s Day, lots of hugs and kisses!” and then gives them to the people she loves.
Caution: Putting candy in a prescription bottle can confuse a child. Please be careful about where you place these reused prescription bottles and your real ones. Children can’t tell the difference between one and the other.

10.WARNING: First clean & soak with hot soapy water very, very well !!!!  Turn prescription bottles into saltshakers. Paint the bottles or leave as is. Poke tiny holes in the caps then fill them with salt or pepper and use them as saltshakers. 11. If you pack salad for lunch a prescription bottle is a tiny storage place to store some salad dressing.    <--- First clean & soak with hot soapy water very, very well !!!!

12. You never know when your clothes will rip or you’ll loose a button. A Mini Sewing kits would come in handy in a case like this. Some prescription bottles are big enough to store some needles and thread and maybe more.

13. A tiny emergency kit for a cut or scrape can fit in a prescription bottle: band-aids, cotton balls, q-tips and some tiny alcohol wipes.

14. Use to neatly store plastic bags in your purse in case you suddenly need a plastic bag, say during a car ride with someone that tends to get motion sickness

15. Store thread spools in prescription bottles to prevent it from tangling. See how here.

16. Melt them and make them into jewelry. This is supposed to be a fun kids craft. For instructions on how to melt certain types of prescriptions bottles go here.

Note: I do not know what kind of pollution this release in the air. For less air pollution maybe they can just be cut into pieces.

17. Store buttons, beads and other small craft items in these bottles.

18. Make a Snowman Christmas Ornament out of a prescription bottle. For directions go here. <---Really cute.

Wash well  AND SOAK WITH HOT SOAPY WATER your empty ALL  Prescription bottles before they are reused.

1 comment:

Practical Parsimony said...

I had never thought of melting them! I might try it.