The Best Ways to Reuse and Recycle Plastic Bottles and Save Money

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Bottles, Bottles, Bottles

Scrolling through Hubpages answers/questions looking for that one that reached out and grabbed me saying, "This is it, pick me,pick me" , I came across a question Lobobrandon posted entitled "What are the Best Ways to Reuse Plastic Bottles" and all I could think of was "And away we go".

Being there are some incredible hubs and articles out there already on this subject, I tried to give you some ideas that are a little different and when used with something else could save you some money.

And were off and running

Iced Coffee at It's Best

Combine this leftover coffee from your morning breakfast that you were going to throw out anyway
Combine this leftover coffee from your morning breakfast that you were going to throw out anyway
With this absolutely sensation-able creamer (or the one of your choice)
With this absolutely sensation-able creamer (or the one of your choice)
In this bottle you were going to throw out anyway and put it in the freezer for about an hour (while your getting ready for work or write your next hub)
In this bottle you were going to throw out anyway and put it in the freezer for about an hour (while your getting ready for work or write your next hub)
And WALLA one of the best tasting iced coffees you've ever had.
And WALLA one of the best tasting iced coffees you've ever had.

Multipurpose Frozen Drinks Even Water

A Treat for You and the Kids While Saving a Bundle

If your a coffee drinker in the morning and would love to have an iced coffee, frappuccino, mocha or caramel from the drive thru for that afternoon pick me up, but really want to save the money. Here's your answer and I promise you will love it.

As you can see in the pictures you simply combine the coffee and creamer in the bottle then stick it in the freezer for about an hour, (makes the consistency just like the high dollar pros). If you have not tried International Delight Coldstone creamer you are so missing the ultimate iced or regular coffee. I tried it once and have used nothing else since and that was months ago. You can add caramel, vanilla extract, chocolate, etc, according to what you like and adjust to taste.

If the kids are always bugging you about money for a juice, (really soda for some) or something different to drink for lunch put it in the bottle and freeze it. You can even make fruit smoothies and freeze them. If they're a die hard soda fan but your tired of them spending the money from the machine. Take the $1.50 or what ever it cost for a 2 liter bottle, put some soda in one of your empty water bottles and again stick in the freezer for about an hour or so. If you let it freeze solid, the soda when thawed will probably get flat quickly just so you know (not that it has happened to me or anything:)).

There are a couple of other advantages to both of these 1) If you take your lunch you can use the almost frozen bottle to keep your lunch nice and cool, 2) Take the money you were going to use for the treats and reward yourself and the kids if they're helping. It will keep you saving (after you've tried the iced coffee you won't want anything else anyway) and show the kids the benefits and rewards of recycling.

Take this Ahhhhhhh and in a couple steps
Take this Ahhhhhhh and in a couple steps
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And Turn It Into This
And Turn It Into This

Organize, Organize, Organize

If you or your other half do any projecting, woodworking, crafting, sewing, etc., it can be a "Where is this and where did I put that," nightmare. Trust me I've been there on I can't tell you how many occasions. The worst part is sometimes it gets so frustrating you just give up and quit. Then what about all those extra beads, screws, washers, buttons, Ahhhhhhhh

So here's an easy way to get organized that won't have you paying bundles for sewing boxes, tool boxes, etc. It doesn't take hardly anytime at all, and saves you TIME and MONEY.

Take all your nails, screws, washers, screwdrivers, etc, (sewing or craft materials) and gather them all together, grab your bottles and start funneling. This works better with the bigger 20 oz bottles because they are easier to get in and out of the bottle. You can mark the bottle with a permanent marker or even go as far as I did and tape one to the top of the bottle. If it's washers, nuts, and bolts I use my empty coconut oil containers, label them, and tape one on the top. That's it your good to go and organized. Hint If you keep pvc glue or any other glues around put them in one of the bigger plastic containers with a tight fitting lid and they will last so much longer because they won't dry out. If you have children that craft or you use little bottles of paint for models etc., it works the same way. The empty coconut oil containers work great for them.

Use the cardboard bottom and plastic to put them in and label the front as to whether it's screws, nails, misc, etc. You can do this with all your sewing materials, crafting materials, etc.

You will be amazed at the little time it takes, opposed to the enormous amount of time it saves


Gemini doing what he does best Getting into everything
Gemini doing what he does best Getting into everything

Grab It and Go Projects

Getting ready for a project and don't want to take the whole box with you, Just grab the few bottles and tools you need, put them in your DIY recycled jean tool bag and your off. Don't have a jean tool bag yet, just click on the highlighted tool bag and your on your way to your first organized project.

Hey, my horse likes it.

A little leftover paint goes a long way.
A little leftover paint goes a long way. | Source
The boys deciding whose getting it first  Believe it or not they just had a bath day before yesterday
The boys deciding whose getting it first Believe it or not they just had a bath day before yesterday
Turn this mess
Turn this mess
Into this
Into this

Here's a Few More Quick and Easy Money Savers

1) Paint Have a little leftover paint? Don't throw it away, if it's space your worried about store it in an empty bottle or clean oil container. When your ready for a different look on your painted wall pour a little of two colors on different sides of the cardboard container the water came in (with the plastic in it) grab your roller and have at it. This is a lot cheaper than paying all the money for the dual roller, dual pan, new paint books on antique painting sponging, etc and you've got an incredible new look for the money you've already spent anyway. You know the colors will match so just keep going until you get what you like. (pic 1 for me) Hint, let it dry a little before you go crazy remember the colors will usually lighten or darken as they dry and you can always adjust to your liking.

2) Individual Jello or Frozen Treats Cut the bottom off of the water bottles and use them for everything from organizing your jewelry box, making a tray full of individual fruit and jello treats or desserts, make unique colored ice for special occasions of frozen treats that pop out easily. Use them to start seedlings, in craft drawers, etc., etc

3) Dog Toys Take the top and cut off the plastic ring (great for keeping hoop earrings together) and the label, put a sock (with no mate) on it with a knot at the end and the dogs have a new toy DO NOT GIVE IT TO YOUR DOG WITHOUT THE SOCK they might cut themselves on the rough plastic Dogs love the crackling noise the empty bottles make. Shoot they even sell the covers for them now for ten to twenty bucks. If you don't want to use the sock use the whole bottle with the ring and label cut off. My dogs absolutely love them (as you can tell) and never tear them they just chew them until they have no more crackle. In fact if I drop and empty I don't have to worry about picking it up because it will be gone before I can bend over to pick it up.

OK, that's enough to get you started and let me know what you think.



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lobobrandon 4 years ago

Cool, great hub and you've got some great tips here :) The pictures are great as well especially the Horses


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Charlu 4 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks Lobo for your comments, answering my question on the forum, and your question inspiring this hub. Have an incredible day and thanks again.


Hubert Williams 4 years ago

Very resourceful article, especially the ice coffee idea. Thank you. Voted up and useful


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Charlu 4 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks Hubert Yes I have turned into an iced coffee addict but it's so good and this helped to get better organized, (notice the better) I really appreciate your time to share, comments and votes. Take Care


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Great ideas! We use a Brita filter at home and for the few water bottles we have, I just keep refilling them from our filtered water at home to take with me in the car. So they definitely get used and used over and over again. Would never have thought about making a dog toy out of them! Clever! Voted up, useful & interesting. Tweeted and shared with my followers who may also like these suggestions. Thanks!


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Jessi10 4 years ago from Lancaster, CA

I loved this article. I always recycle everything that I can, and I am always looking for ways to make the most use out of bottles, and cans. AMAZING hub. Very useful, and informative! Voted up!


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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma

You can also freeze a few in your deep freeze and use in your cooler to keep your food and drinks cold instead of buying bags of ice. When it melts you have cold water to drink.

Great article. I'm always looking for ways to reuse and recycle.


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Charlu 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Peggy Thanks for stopping by the sharing and votes. It's funny my dogs have been playing with the bottles for years, in fact they will even take the full ones get a hole in it and drink the water. Then one day a vet sent me an email advertising the covers. Thanks again for the comments votes and sharing Talk to you soon.


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Charlu 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Jessi It does a heart good to hear your wonderful comments and know that you care about the environment enough to recycle. Your comments and votes are greatly appreciated Take care

Hi Pamela Great idea with the cooler. I'm always freezing water bottles because of the amount of time I spend outside. Thanks for stopping by and your great comments are always appreciated Talk to you soon


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Silver Poet 4 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

Some great ideas! I like your nosy horse. :)


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Charlu 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Silver Poet

Thanks for stopping by and I'm glad you liked some of the ideas. My horse is a knuckle head and somehow thinks he is human. He loves coffee, ww pasta, and getting into anything I'm working on.

Thanks again and have an incredible day.


Tina Truelove 4 years ago

Great ideas. I already do some of them, but you have provided me with several other great ideas. Thank you.


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Charlu 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Tina I'm glad you found some new ideas to use and am very grateful you took the time to comment. Please let me know if you have other ways to use plastic bottles either in a hub or comment. Thanks again and have an incredible day


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visionandfocus 3 years ago from North York, Canada

Love the organization ideas and the dog toys. I don't have a dog but my friends do, so I'll be sure to tell them. Thanks for sharing!


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Charlu 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Visionandfocus I'm so glad you liked some of the ideas and thank you for your valuable time and wonderful comments. I' m sure your friends dogs will enjoy the bottles as toys. Take care and have an incredible day.

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