We all know that we need to safely dispose of expired pills, but what do you do with the bottles?
You can throw them in the recycling bin, that’s fine, but there are so many other ways to make use of the little containers, and all of them are things that you’ve probably needed, or said you need, at some point.
Instead of tossing the tubes the next time you finish a prescription, save up the bottles and give them second life!
Here are 10 of the best ways to use recycled pill bottles.
1. A miniature emergency kit
There’s really no excuse not to always have these supplies on you when you can fit everything into a four-inch container. This thing can hold ten feet of 550 paracord, matches and birthday candles, an index card, and fire straws for making and kindling a fire, a spare button, a super bright finger flashlight, safety pins, dental floss, neosporin, tweezers, ibuprofen, allergy pills, cotton balls, alcohol wipes, band-aids, money and aluminium foil. Make it here.
2. Fire starter
Cotton balls and petroleum jelly make the perfect fire kindling tool. Once you have a flame going, the soaked cotton balls act like miniature candles, and you’ll have a strong fire in no time. Make it here.
3. Button storage
Pill bottles are perfect for this. Most of the time, we store our buttons in large baggies all mixed together. There’s nothing more annoying than having to sort through the hundreds of different shades and sizes to get one that you need, especially if you’re in a hurry. But if you pre-sort the buttons and glue one on top for reference, replacing a lost button will be a piece of cake! Make it here.
4. Custom gift boxes
Make gifting cash, a bracelet, or another small trinket even more exciting by wrapping it in a custom pill bottle gift box. They are so cute and is sure to be passed on to a bunch of different people. Make it here.
These pill bottle cookies are well-known and well-loved. Don’t worry, you’re not doing any baking INSIDE the pill bottles. But,the opening of the bottle does work perfectly as a homemade miniature cookie cutter. Plus, when you’re done baking, you can give little gifts of cookie-filled pill bottles! Combine this with the gift box idea and it would be extra cute! Make it here.
6. Coin purse
Well, it’s not really a purse, but it’s the same idea. The bottles are the perfect size to stack the coins without taking up too much space. You can throw it in your bag and not have to worry about having to dig around the next time you need change. Make it here.
7. Makeup organizer
Brushes, mascara, eye liner, lipstick… the possibilities are endless with this one. With the little spray paint the bottles instantly become chic and will keep your bathroom counter clear. Make it here.
8. House-key hider
Super glue a rock to the top of the bottle and store your spare key inside. Then, bury the bottle in the landscape near your front door. Make it here.
9. Travel-size container
Use the perfectly sized pill bottles to store your shampoo, conditioner, lotion, q-tips, bobby pins, vitamins, jewelry, etc. during a long trip. Find out more here.
10. laundry detergent measuring cup
Save yourself money by using this to measure out your detergent instead. The bottles you buy always tell you to use twice us much as you really need for a load so that you go through it faster. Pill bottles are a great size to go with, and you can mark the line of how much is enough.
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