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Don’t Throw That Away – Uses for Laundry Detergent Containers

Don’t Throw That Away – Uses for Laundry Detergent Containers

Let’s take a look at all the ways we can reuse Laundry Detergent Containers in my continuation of the series Don’t Throw That Away! We have about a dozen laundry detergent containers right now – and, I swear, I totally have something planned for ALL of them!

First, there are three types of Laundry Detergent Containers we will look at and find new uses for.

Let’s Call them Laundry Detergent with a Handle:

Laundry Detergent with a Handle DIY Uses for reuse


Laundry Detergent Box:

laundry detergent box uses for, DIY reuse


And Laundry Detergent with a Spigot:

Ok, so let’s look at all the awesome ways to reuse your laundry detergent containers!

More Laundry Detergent

Make your own laundry detergent! You just need a few simple ingredients and you can reuse any of these containers for you homemade laundry detergent. Here are a few recipes:

Laundry Detergent Powder from is a great, simple recipe to use in your Laundry Detergent Box. (We like using Dr. Bronners Pure Castile Soap.) If you’re looking for a liquid recipe to put in a container with a handle or spigot, check out this recipe and tutorial. Other than being able to reuse containers, two huge benefits of making your own laundry detergent is that it is Low Cost and you know exactly what has gone into the detergent.


Gwenny Penny used these awesome bubble mixes for a Refill Station with reused laundry detergent container with a spigot.

Hand Washing Station

Use the laundry detergent with a spigot to create this awesome hand washing station! This would be great for camping or a party at the park or beach!

laundry detergent container hand washing station, DIY, Don't Throw That Away

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Watering Can

Paint the bottle and drill holes in the lid to create an easy (and attractive) watering can.


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This idea has been floating around on Pinterest for a while – it came from The Family Handyman with simple instructions – just use a utility knife to cut off the opposite side from the handle. If you’re looking for more instruction, Instructables has a whole tutorial for this!

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Store Paint

This is another good idea – store any kind of paint (doesn’t have to be tempura!) to make pouring and portioning much easier!

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Have some fun!

This is such a thoughtful way to use a laundry detergent container. I found this over at Raggedy Kingdom - a miniature laundry room display INSIDE the container!

laundry room from laundry detergent container, DIY, easy, ideas, Don't throw that away,

Or these creative doll houses!

doll house containers, laundry detergent, DIY, upcycle, recycle, repurpose, reuse, kids, don't throw that away


Ok, you can actually buy these. But I’m sure these could be made similarly at home. I actually don’t like the idea of ripping off an artist’s work. But, in this case, I think it’s using this as inspiration for a fun family project! You can buy a bottle lamp kit for under $7.


lamp animal, laundry detergent container, DIY, don't throw that away


Tote Bag

I really like this easy-to-follow tutorial for a tote bag upcycled from a laundry detergent box!

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Yes! I know! Cars! Isn’t this so much fun? I have been looking for a tutorial, but cannot find one! You can get wooden wheels and dowels on Amazon for under $10.

laundry detergent cars, DIY, upcycled, recycled, reuse,


Beach Buckets and Scoops

This is a terrific idea over at Fun in the Making (such an awesome blog, btw!) that we’ll have to implement as soon as it’s beach season again – I know P will love this too! I especially like the use of a shoulder strap.

laundry detergent scoop, beach bucket, shoulder strap, DIY, reuse, recycle, repurpose, Don't throw That AwayOther ideas

You can also just use the lids to contain small items like paper clips and push pins – these would store nicely in a junk drawer or desk.

Here are directions to create a bird feeder from a laundry container.

What about a laundry detergent container vase?

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Hope this list of ways to reuse laundry detergent containers is helpful to you! What are some other ways you could use these containers? Do you have some other types of containers at home you need to reuse? Share your ideas in the comments below! 

Looking to reuse other household items instead of throwing them away? Check out my other post:

Fun, Creative, and Thoughtful Ways to Reuse Egg Cartons

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