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 Box:
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 Instructable.com 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.
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!
Paint the bottle and drill holes in the lid to create an easy (and attractive) watering can.
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!
This is another good idea – store any kind of paint (doesn’t have to be tempura!) to make pouring and portioning much easier!
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!
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.
I really like this easy-to-follow tutorial for a tote bag upcycled from a laundry detergent box!
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.
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?
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: