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Recycling Uses With Folgers Coffee Containers, Cans, and Other Household Items
From the time I started recycling back in the 1980’s, I look at garbage in a different light. Rather than throwing things away, I tend to try to find useful things to do with certain items.
From kitty litter buckets to coffee cans, plastic bread bags and more .....
Don't Throw That Container Away - Find A Use For It Today
Sadly I no longer have my cat Rambo, but I still have many of his litter containers that once originally held kitty litter.
- Since I first started using these as household cleaning buckets, I've never had to buy a pail to go along with my mop.
- These containers are also very useful in the garden to use as a stool when you are weeding or to hold the weeds until you are ready to dispose of them.
- For people that purchase flour, sugar, or oats in large quantities, or buy items such as dog/cat food at the bulk food store, these containers can be washed out, sterilized, and used for storage containers.
- Use them as a compost container in the kitchen under the sink to store everything that you will be putting into your composter.
Folgers Plastic Coffee Cans
When I first saw one of these cans I thought wow this is great they have a handle built right into them to make life a bit easier when making coffee. Before the can was finished I had my husband asking if he could have it for painting.
Pour your paint into them and carry the can around with you as you are doing touch ups, painting trim or use it outside while painting the exterior of the house. When you are finished you can either put the lid back on or wash it out and use it for your next painting or staining job.
Plastic Yogurt, Margarine, Sour Cream, Feta Cheese Containers
All of these make great storage containers for leftovers for your refrigerator. Have a small portion of spaghetti left from dinner that you don’t want to throw away. Store it in one of these containers, take it to work for lunch and re-heat it in the microwave. Small portions of leftover salad fit quite nicely into a margarine container. If the container is thick enough you can also use it in your freezer to store leftovers.
Next time you are planning on making a punch, freeze water in a plastic food container to use as a large ice cube.
Other Useful Ideas - Recycle Reuse
Save bubble wrap, peanut packaging and plastic bags to reuse when sending packages through the mail or for packing away fragile items.
Of course there's always the fun of popping the little air bags in the bubble wrap.
Newspapers are great for packing and for washing your windows.
If you are ever out of paper towels and want to clean mirrors or windows fold the newspaper over and crumple it. Spray on your cleaner and wipe just like you would with paper towels. It may look streaky at first but then the streaks will disappear.
Plastic Bread Bags & Shoe Boxes
Plastic bread bags can come in useful when you need a large bag for that turkey carcass you want to save to make soup or for leftovers you want to store in your refrigerator. They are also great when you want to empty a roasting pan that is full of grease that you don't want to put down your sink.
Shoe and boot boxes can be quite useful when it comes to Christmas or other gift giving occasions where a box is needed.
For all used clothing Goodwill, The Salvation Army, churches and your local thrift shops will be more than happy to take all donations.
© 2011 Susan Zutautas