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Bottles--Food
Ketchup, mustard, etc bottles make cheap, short-range squirt guns.
Use old plastic bottles (such as syrup bottles) for storing homemade ice-cream sauce or other homemade food. (Rae)

Bottles--Hairpsray
Use the cap and an index card to trap spiders and let them out of the house.
WASH thoroughly and fill with homemade window/glass cleaner.
WASH thoroughly, fill with water, and use for misting plants.
Fill with soapy water and keep by the area in your house which has been infiltrated by ants. It is messier than traps, but safer than poison.

Bottles--Handcream
Refill the smaller sized bottles (the sample/travel size) with handcream from your house and keep in it your purse or take it with you when you travel.
Fill the smaller sized bottles with aspirin for your purse, book bag, suitcase, etc.

Bottles--Household
Use detergent, fabric softener or shampoo bottles filled with USED motor oil for lubricating drive chains. (Nick)
Fill glass cleaner bottles with soapy water and keep by the area in your house which has been infiltrated by ants. It is messier than traps, but safer than poison.
Cut the top part off of a liquid laundry detergent container. Use the main part as a pooper scooper and the top portion as the pusher. Empty, rinse and reuse. (Barb)

Bottles--Mouthwash
Use the lids as resuable "paper cups" for the bathroom.

Bottles--Perfume/cologne
Fill with colorful liquids and give to children for playing "store." Be sure that children don't stain their clothes with the color. (Tschuege)

Bottles--Shampoo
Make it into a vase. Partially fill it with marbles, stones or something fairly heavy to keep it from tipping. Then paint it to match your decor.
Remove the cap, cut off the bottom, and use it for a funnel.
Refill the smaller sized bottles (the sample/travel size) with handcream from your house and keep in it your purse or take it with you when you travel.
Refill the smaller sized bottles (the sample/travel size) with shampoo from your house and keep in it your purse or take it with you when you travel.
Fill the smaller sized bottles with aspirin for your purse, book bag, suitcase, etc.
Fill with sand, rocks, marbles, etc. and use as weights. Different sized bottles can be used to make different sized weights.
Boullion Jars
See Jars--Baby Food/Boullion

 

 

Boxes

Boxes--Candy
Use for gift wrapping ties, scarves and gloves. (Shelley)
Square candy boxes can be used for wrapping gifts, storing art supplies or carrying cross-stitch work. (Shelley)
Save love letters in heart-shaped boxes. (Shelley)
Fill with homemade candy. (Rae)
Make into a Valentine's Day card for next year.
Cut a heart-shaped box so that you have a flat heart. Save and let the kids use it as a template.
Make a Valentine's Day decoration for next year.
Make a Picture Frame.
Cut and use for index cards.
Use a smaller box for storing paperclips, rubber bands, etc.
Use as a decorative change holder for your dresser.

Boxes--Cardboard (those which reams of paper come in)
Use as individual recycling boxes for bedrooms. This will help keep garbage from accumulating on desks and dressers (or in my case the floor).
Use for under-the-bed storage by cutting it to make it shorter.
Make it into a bed for a small pet by cutting an entrance and lining it with a blanket.

Boxes--Cereal
Cut into puzzle pieces and let the kids put them together. When the novelty wears off, recycle and grab a new box.
Cut and tape them into the size of folders. Make manilla-type folders or add some extra tape and make pockets.
Cut into any size index cards. Use for flash cards, recipe cards, etc.
Use as gift boxes.
Use as an in-tray on your desk at home for mail, papers to be dealt with, etc.
Use pieces for bookmarks. Write down any ideas that pop into your head while reading.
Make into paper dolls for the kids.
Use for grocery lists. When you place it in the front of the shopping cart, it won't blow away like paper will. (Richard)
Cut a big portion out of a corner of the box and use it as a magazine holder. (Jeffrey and Diane)
Use as a template for making a gift bag. Wrap paper around it as you would a package, leaving the top open. Remove box and punch holes at the top of the two sides for the string handles. Leave the box in if you would like a stronger bag. (Mijesa)
Cut a hole in the side (toward the bottom) of a cereal box. Mount the box with thumbtacks to the inside of a kitchen cabinet with the hole facing outward. Stuff grocery bags in through the top of the box and pull them out through the hole when needed. (Julio)

Boxes--Food (Cake, Jello, Pudding, etc.)
Open the boxes carefully to remove the contents. Then tape the open side shut, and give them to your kids as cheap building blocks. (Jon's Grandma)
Give boxes to pet rodents or birds for play. (Lori)

Boxes--Shoeboxes
Use to store recipes.
Tape the lids to the boxes, paint them bright colors, and give them to the kids for building blocks. (Ms. Myriah)
Use to hold odds and ends--just paint and label. (Dennis)
Use to store small children's toys. (Dennis)
Make into a dollhouse. (Henning)

Boxes--Tissue
Cut off the tops and use for the storage of small things.
Cut into any size index cards. Use for flash cards, recipe cards, etc.
Cut off the top and use as a gift-wrapping box for t-shirts or other small items.
Cut off the top and store cassette tapes (for those of you who still use these) in them.
Cut the side off of a flowered box, fold in half, and make your own Mother's Day card.
Use to store recipe cards.
Use pieces for bookmarks. Write down any ideas that pop into your head while reading.
Use for storing plastic bags. Place in different rooms of the house for easy access. (Gail)
Give to gerbils, hamsters, etc. as a chew toy. They will shred it and use it for bedding. (G. Rabenold)

Bricks
Salvage from other people's trash and use for a fancy trim around the garden.
Salvage (or reuse your own) and make into a walkway.
Use as a weight to hold down plastic garden film.
Make into a bookshelf by stacking them at both ends and lying wood between them. (Jeff's Assistant)

Briefcase
Use for storage of children's toys. It will fit under the bed and it is ready for travel to a friend's house.
Give to the kids for use when playing dress up. (Shelley)
Donate to a local shelter so that the residents may use it for job interviews. (Shelley)
Use it for a fancy overnight bag. (Shelley)
Spruce it up, fill it with stationary, put a bow on it and then give it as a gift to a college student. (Shelley)
Use it for a children's suitcase.
Store tools in it and keep it in the trunk of your car in case of an emergency.
Use for storage of sewing supplies or anything else.

Brooms
Use for scrubbing garbage cans.
Use push-brooms for pushing snow off of trucks/vans without getting wet.

Broom Handles
Insert into the soil of a large potted plant and tie the plant to it for support. This is helpful for large plants which tend to droop.
Insert into the ground and tie small trees to it. This helps to prevent sagging, wind deformation, running over it with a lawnmower, etc.
Tie an old cloth to the handle, leaving some cloth hang free. Rip the cloth lengthwise, and use it as a web beater for getting spiders out of the corners of your house. (Gail)
Use for the body of a children's stick horse. (Casey)
Buckets (5-Gallon)
Fill partially with soap and water and use when washing your car.
Use as a garbage can for the basement or garage.
Use when picking apples, pears, etc.
Use for storage of items when camping (it is semi animal-proof). Be sure to secure the lid.
Put a chair pad on to and use it as a seat.
Use as a muck bucket for horses. (Christine)
Use for collection when weeding the garden. When the bucket is full, transfer the weeds to a compost pile.
Use as flower outdoor flower pots. (Kevin)
Fill clean buckets with water for your dogs when they are outside in the summer. When the water gets dirty, use it to water the plants. (Unknown)

Business Cards
Write new information on the back and reuse. (Tonya)
Cut them up and use them as the tags in the dividers of filing cabinets or binders. (Tonya)
Use as those cards you put in luggage tags. (Tonya)
Write notes or messages on the reverse side. (MoonBelly)
Glue pictures you have cut out from magazines, coupon ads, etc. onto the business cards and over the printing on the cards. Use for gift tags.
Butter Packets (the individual packets you find in restaurants)
Take them home, wash them out and then fill with homemade fudge. When the fudge cools, pop it out. You have perfect fudge squares.
Use when working with small amounts of paint.
Use for starting seeds. Just put in a little potting soil and a seed. In a few weeks transfer it to the ground. (Ms. Myriah)

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