It’s common to have empty cleaning bottles that are left over after they’ve been used, whether you’ve been spraying your home with anti-bacterial products or have an empty bottle of window cleaner. Although it may be tempting to toss the bottles in the trash, they can often be recycled to prevent excess waste from ending up in landfills. Thoroughly wash out the bottles before they’re recycled to remove all chemicals. Check with your community recycling center to learn what type of paperboard, plastic, or metal containers they accept before discarding everything.
Most empty cleaning bottles can also be repurposed and reused around the house to ensure that you can extend their lifespan without throwing them away. Some bottles are safe to give to pets for chew toys due to their durable construction. Other types of bottles or containers can be used for organizing different types of supplies or materials in your office or a kitchen. Empty bottles can also be filled with water and stored in the freezer to be used as homemade ice packs to keep food cold in coolers while traveling with food or beverages. Avoid filling the empty bottle to the top because the water will expand once it freezes.
Homemade scoops are an additional product that can be made out of bottles to be used for cleaning out the litter box or scooping out leaves in the rain gutter. Use scissors to create the size of scoop that is needed and cut out a handle to make it easy to grip.
Using glass bottles and making your own cleaning products can also reduce your waste to avoid having an excess of plastic bottles on hand. Glass bottles are safer for the environment and can last a lifetime.