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Five ideas for reusing plastic bottles and giving them a second life in your home


We all want to do our bit for the environment, but what if instead of just recycling our plastic bottles, we turned them into something completely new? Think storage containers, funnels, and more…

Ice packs

Ice packs are great things to keep in the freezer, whether for soothing minor cuts and burns, or for keeping food cold in picnic baskets and packed lunches. But why buy ice packs when you can make your own from your empty plastic bottles?

Just take your bottle, fill it about halfway with water, screw its cap back on, and then lie it horizontally in your freezer.

A watering device for your plants

A drip irrigator that provides your plants with a steady supply of water sounds kind of fancy, doesn’t it? But you can make one in minutes with a plastic bottle.

Start by drilling a few holes in the bottle’s cap. Now tip the bottle upside down and cut off the bottom near the base.

Dig a hole next to the plant or plants you want to keep watered, and bury your bottle so that the cap is facing down and the top is a few centimetres above ground. Secure it in place with soil. Keep the bottle topped up with water and your plants will never get thirsty!

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Funnels

Cut off your bottle about five centimetres below where it narrows. Then file the rough edge with an emery board. You now have a handy funnel.

Storage containers

The bottom half of plastic bottles can easily be turned into useful storage containers. All you have to do is cut the top off and then get rid of the rough edge, either by filing it away with an emery board or covering it with washi tape (washi tape is like decorative masking tape and is easy and cheap to get hold of).

The containers can be used for just about anything from nuts and bolts to make up, and, if you’re feeling really crafty you can even glue a few together to make a desk or dressing-table tidy.

Doorstops

To make a doorstep, you need a bottle with its cap. Fill this almost to the top with sand or small pebbles. Add a creative touch by applying fabric, ribbons or beads.

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joang

joang

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seeds will soon need planting ,sew in a small plant pot,cut bottle about 4 inches from bottom discard top of bottle and place the bottom part of bottle over plant pot and use as mini greenhouse.

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I do all of these tips & also use plastic containers to store & freeze foods in.

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Re plastic bottles. Cut tpo off a 5 or 8 litre bottle. Remove cap. 3/4 fill the bottom with water, invert top into bottom, make a wick with a strip of j cloth dipping into the water , fill with compost. Plant with seeds. You have a self watering seed tray.

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Choosey

Choosey

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I use an old fairy liquid bottle to water my houseplants, squirt staight into the pot no spillages as you get with a jug of water.

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They can be used to unblock a toilet. cut off the bottom of a 2 litre bottle and you have a plunger that will work on a toilet blockage

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