In yesterday’s HBHW Newsletter, I shared some tips on reusing milk jugs and today I woke up to quite a few emails with even more uses for those plastic containers. Since almost all of us buy milk in gallon jugs on a regular basis and are paying close to $4 per gallon now, I thought I’d share all these wonderful ideas here on the blog to help all of us make the most of those containers that we’d just toss otherwise.
From Stacy in TX:
My sister does something fun with milk containers.Cut about an inch and half border around the handle area. This makes a handle form to make a scrubber brush on. Punch with hole punchers several holes in close proximity. Take net cut in about 5 inch x 2 inch strips, thread strip through two holes to make a “horseshoe”. Tie tightly. Continue till you have filled all the holes and you have a scrubber with handle. Most convenient for bath, sink or plates. Also makes a good bazaar item.
Also, I completely clean my milk containers, fill with water, leaving room for expansion, cap and freeze in my chest freezer. When I need ice, especially since I don’t have an ice maker(the cubes from them always seem to have an odor to me), I pull out a container, take my trusty ice pick, and chop the ice in the jug, just punching right through the plastic. When I have enough picked, I cut a flap on the side, and there is my fresh ice. If I don’t use it all or if I have only chopped what I need, I close flap and put back in freezer.
From Margaret in VT:
I save many milk jugs to cut down and use as mini-greenhouses in the garden. I simply discard the caps and cut the bottoms out and place them over tender plants when they are first set out. I put them over tomatoes, squash, pumpkin, broccoli and cauliflower plants, and hoe the dirt up around the bottoms of the jugs so that the wind will not blow them away. I keep checking them as they grow, water them right through the tops if necessary, and remove them when they get too tall or the weather gets warm enough. It’s amazing how fast they grow in their own private greenhouses.
Milk jugs also make great outdoor candle holders. My neighborhood association collects them at Christmas to make luminaries, which we place on the main boulevard, but they would be good for any outdoor gathering, to light the sidewalk to placed around the yard. You just cut the top off and put some gravel or sand in the bottom so it doesn’t blow away, then set a tea light inside.
I also remember making Easter baskets out of them when we were kids. We cut them at an angle, so they kept the handles, and decorated them with colored tissue paper or ribbons or whatever we had around the house.
I just love those ideas and will definitely give them a try.
Do you have another use for empty milk jugs? Please take a moment to share them as a comment below.