I think most of us empty at least one milk jug a week. Did you know that when you throw them away and they get hauled to the landfill they just sit there, never decomposing? So why not give them new life? Make them work for you to organize your life, store your stuff, or put a smile on your kids faces. Here are a few ideas.
- When you thaw meat in the fridge does it sometimes leak all over your shelves? Cut the top off your milk jug and use the plastic bottom to thaw your meat in. No more leaky juices and you can wash and reuse it numerous times.
- Use the top part of the milk jug as a funnel.
- Cut a hand size hole in the top of the jug opposite the handle and use it to store dog biscuits, golf balls or clothes pins.
- A full freezer is an efficient freezer. Wash out and fill your milk jugs with water and store in your freezer. When a freezer is full it takes less energy to keep it cold. Water expands though so leave a little room at the top of your jug when filling or the container will crack.
- When you're camping pull one of your water jugs out of your home freezer and use it to keep your cooler cold.
- Cut a hole in the top opposite the handle and use to store your toilet brush in.
- Cut the top off right where it starts to widen, put some gravel in the bottom and set a tea light in it for a beautiful glowing luminary for outdoor parties.
- Make a bird feeder!
- Fill with your bulk grains. Wash out and let dry really well and then store rice, beans, or cornmeal in them. They are easy to pour out and measure too.
- Cut the bottom off and shape it into a scoop with a handle. Use it to scoop out dog food or even for the kids to use in their sand box.