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« on: October 01, 2007 01:10:39 AM »

I usually by my detergent in the really big 300 fl. oz. size, and today looked at the nearly empty one and wondered if I could repurpose the empty.  After a brief moment of study, I decided the handle/fill it up hole/spigot portion could be cut off (the top, if you will) leaving me with a slightly funky shaped bucket. Sorta like this:

Okay so I can't draw it here...think of a rectangle with one short end bumped out a bit.

So far, I thought I could use it for a small wastebasket...don't really need any more, or a bucket or to store stuff.  Any other ideas?  I'm not too worried about decorating it...I'm interesed in ways to re-purpose the thing.
FYI, mine happen to be red as I buy Era, but I 'm sure other brands come in the same kind of containers---Tide in orange, Gain in green and I think All or something in white.  So, there could be a color thing involved.........

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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2007 09:31:48 AM »

It would make a nice large scoop for ice salt. Don't know where you live, but that's what I did with one of mine.  Since I had a nice load of salt for the driveway, I didn't have to tread up and down that treacherous, icy driveway a lot to refill my scoop!

You can punch holes in the cap and use it as a watering can. cut off the top, leave the handle and use it to store little things on shelves in your cabinet. Leave the handle facing towards you and your shelves will look neater!

Just some ideas.....

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« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2007 10:39:25 AM »

planters? I've seen plastic strips from heavy duty containers used as boning for corsets on this site. I'm sure that could translate to other crafts as well.... Have you tried melting them? with all the melted bead posts on here I always think about melting things now. lol You could try that and maybe making bowls and such.


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« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2007 02:58:21 PM »

I buy 30 pound buckets of powder and use come for storage, and some for trash cans, and some for recycling.

A few have even been used as buckets! For water!

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« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2007 05:15:27 PM »

Great ideas! I knew I was missing something!
Have not tried melting them.  Something about the idea of the smell prevents me from attempting it: that and all the kids around here.  My luck the neighbors would smell it and call 911!

Using for ice melt is an awesome idea---my old margarine tub gave up last year so I need a new scoop anyway!

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« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2007 06:05:49 PM »

I tried to make a watering can a couple years ago, but didn't have much luck.  I punched holes in the cap, but then you need a hole somewhere else to let air in or it doesn't pour and I couldn't get it right, it was a mess, lol.  Plus I could never get the detergent smell out of it and I was afraid to use it on my herb plants. 
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« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2007 09:47:02 AM »

I actually have been using the same one as a watering can for almost 3 years now.  You drill holes in the cap with your smallest bit and then with the bit 3 sizes bigger drill one hole on the top of the handle.  If the water comes out in a trickle simply make the hole on the handle bigger until you get the right amount of water flow. 

Also, there is a Readymade project that transforms the bottles into a coat rack type thing. 

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« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2007 08:49:33 AM »

Have you got any pics of the bottles cos I may have an idea you could use.

I gave this idea to another crafster a while ago here is the link:
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« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2007 08:56:50 AM »

I once saw some pics of a strip light tube/bulb not sure what you call that in the states but the sort of bulb thats long and thin and is usually used in kitchen lights ( a bit like a light sabre)

ANYHOW the detergent bottles had a round hole cut into the bottoms  so a stripbulb could be threaded through and out of the bottles top/mouth. Lots of bottles were used over the whole length of the bulb so that the result was a multicoloured collection of bottles which lit up..............it was more fab Shocked Shocked than my description sounds!!!!!!HONEST Wink If you have any questions or need me to be more specific I'll do my best to explain better.

« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2007 02:09:06 PM »

Since we live in the Hurricane state, we fill'em up with water for washing hands and other necessary areas. They're great due to the spigot, and hold plenty of water for a quick clean up.
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