Uses for empty 2-liter bottles?- Tips-n-Tricks

If you had a bunch of 2 liter soda bottles, what would you do with them? 11130 I have a bunch on hand, and am trying to think up ways to use them. I can: Use them for kool aid, juice from concentrate, and reconstituted powdered milk. Maybe use them to store my homemade laundry

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    I have a bunch on hand, and am trying to think up ways to use them.

    I can:

    Use them for kool aid, juice from concentrate, and reconstituted powdered milk.

    Maybe use them to store my homemade laundry detergent once it's mixed up.

    Any other ideas? I know there's a lot of gardening uses for them but I don't garden. besides: it's just about wintertime now.



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    Michelle, I am laughing so hard right now you should take a look in my pantry. Let me tell you what I have done with the 2-liter bottles: I am using them to store:
    Oatmeal
    Flour
    Sugar
    Powdered Sugar
    Hot Cocoa Mix
    Rice
    Dried Beans
    Corn Meal
    Oil
    Instant potatoes
    Elbow Macaroni
    Chocolate Chips
    Splenda

    I am still trying to think of other uses.

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    I've never used them for resoring stuff because I find that the hole on top is too small and I get the stuff all over my counter,guess I could use a funnel and store my rice in them (buy it in bulk at Sam's Club) I have used them at a kids camp for bowling pins, just put a little sand in the bottom to give them some weight and they can use any kind of ball to knock them down, or even a frisbee if the are kept light enough.

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    Niddi
    I cut the top off of one bottle, hold it onto the other for the perfect funnel.

    Forgot about the bowling idea, have tried that with water. Also ice bowling-freeze them then take them outside in the cold (which I have plenty of ) and make a snowball to knock them down.

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    They can be used by filling 3/4 full with water & put in freezer when it isn't full enough. If the power goes out you will have drinking water. Plus it will help keep the freezer cold when the power is out.

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    We did thes projects when the Boys were in Scouting....

    Conserve----
    Fill the two liter bottle with water and place it in your toilet tank to use less water with every flush.

    Bird feeder----
    Use a knife to cut two holes at the bottom of the bottle large enough to slide a stick through for a bird perch (perfect use for a disposable chopstick!). Next, cut a few holes above the perch for retrieving seed. Finally, fill with seed, tie a string around the top and hang.

    Flower pot----
    Decorate the bottom half of the soda bottle and plant a flower.

    Gift wrap and or mailing Package----
    Decorate the exterior of the bottle with ribbon and markers then cut a slit in the back big enough to get your hand through. Place the gift inside-- Seal the opening with clear packing tape. Now you have a mailable package.
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    Make a Bank - Paint or cover with fabric. Cut a small slit in the top so you can drop the coins in.
    Make a Doorstop - Paint and fill with sand or gravel.

    The boys also made these items too. I almost forgot about these.
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    I take mine to the recycler (5 each), get cash, spend it at the market.
    I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.

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    Wow! That would be awesome to get cash for plastic bottles. I wish I could do that here!
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    Where is there recycling for 5 cent per boottle?
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    California. Everything is recycled, legally or otherwise. Big problem lately is people stealing brass statues, fire hydrants, power lines, grave markers, etc., for their copper/brass value. For regular honest people it is aluminum cans, glass, plastic, cardboard and (news)paper.

    There are also Hazardous Waste Roudups for electronics, batteries paints, oil, and other waste that would otherwise contaminate the landfills.
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    In Maine you pay 5c for plastic soda bottles and can redeem them for 5c later ..

    You can make self watering plant pots (do a google search for self watering plant pots using soda bottles) I am not handy to the links right now ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoAnn View Post
    Where is there recycling for 5 cent per boottle?
    Maine, New Hampshire, Michigan (you get .10 there!) and a few other states, mostly in the Northeast.

    But it's not really FREE money, because when you buy it, they add it in to the purchase. So if you buy a 12 pack of soda in Maine for $3.00, they add .60 to the purchase price automatically, (plus Tax, which is additional).
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcnerd View Post
    Big problem lately is people stealing brass statues, fire hydrants, power lines, grave markers, etc., for their copper/brass value. For regular honest people it is aluminum cans, glass, plastic, cardboard and (news)paper
    In South Carolina people are stealing Copper- Ripping out A/C units from homes just for the copper thats in them. One of the churches has lost 3 units in less than 2 months from this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FreebieQueen View Post
    But it's not really FREE money, because when you buy it, they add it in to the purchase. So if you buy a 12 pack of soda in Maine for $3.00, they add .60 to the purchase price automatically, (plus Tax, which is additional).
    That is true. The state/counties needed money to pay for the recycling they had to do, and then offered the payback incentive to encourage the consumer to recycle. For the most part it didn't work. The majority of the consumers still just toss the stuff and can't be bothered recycling. So it becomes free money for the dumpster divers.
    I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.

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