Millions and millions…of plastic milk jugs! One person goes through hundreds of these landfill-clogging jugs each year. One thing we all can do about the the millions of plastic milk jugs ending up in our landfills is re-purposing them. Here are some super re-purposing ideas to get you started!
1- Nail Scoop:
If you’ve dumped nails, screws etc. all over your workbench, clean up your mess with a scoop! Cut a liter milk jug diagonally from the base of the handle across to the bottom opposite corner.
2- Sidewalk Salt Spreader:
Leaving the cap on the milk jug, cut off the bottom 1/3-1/2 of the jug. Now fill the top section with ice melt granules. Grab the handle and with a flick of your wrist spread the salt across your icy sidewalks!
3- Muck Out Those Gutters:
Using a liter milk jug, diagonally cut from the base of the handle across to the opposite bottom corner. It should resemble a scoop. It is great to use for cleaning out that mucky stuff in your gutters in the spring and fall!
4- Lawn Mower Funnel:
Take a milk jug,remove the cap, and cut off the bottom ½ of the jug. Now it’s ready to use as a funnel for pouring gas into your lawn mower without it spilling over the motor.
5- Weights For Gluing Projects:
Take milk jugs and fill with sand ¾ full. Fill remaining space with water. Use as weights when you are gluing something down.
6- Weights For Wood Pile:
Take milk jugs and fill with water or sand. Take a rope and tie an end to each jug handle. Place tarp on wood pile. Place milk jugs accordingly so the rope and jugs hold down the tarp during those windy, snowy winter days. Now your firewood will stay dry!
7- Instant Washers:
If you need a washer for a nut and bold, just get a plastic milk jug and cut out a large piece. You can now use a piece of this plastic and cut it to the size washer you need. It’s a great waterproof washer plus you saved some money!
PETS & ANIMALS
1- Dog Toy:
Clean out the jug and turn it into a dog toy! Large dogs love to grab hold by the handle and toss them around, flipping them with their nose as well as kicking them with those big ol’ feet! It’s the equivalent of giving a kid a cardboard box to play with…they love it!
2- AC For Rabbits:
Fill a clean jug ¾ full of water and freeze. On hot summer days, place the frozen water jug in your rabbit cage outside. Your bunnies can lick the cool condensation to stay cool/hydrated, and the air around the jug is cool for those furry little animals. If you put two jugs in their hutch, you’ll find they like to lay between them to stay cool and calm!
3- Fish ICU:
If you have aquarium fish and one starts acting a little odd or sickly, isolate it from the others by placing it in a thoroughly cleaned milk jug with the top half cut off. This keeps the disease from spreading to the other fish in your tank.
4- Birdbath Shower:
Birds need help finding water sources, especially during those scorching summer months. You can fill the birdbath in the morning but much will have evaporated by mid-afternoon. Here’s a solution: Take a clean, empty milk jug, poked a small hole in the bottom, and filled it with water. Screwed the cap on lightly and hang it from a limb above the birdbath. You can then adjust the top to control the speed of the water as it drips into the birdbath. Birds are attracted to the sound of water. You’ll see an increase in your bird visitors within several days of doing this. You can hang two jugs side by side to increase the water flow. The birds come and stand under the dripping water! They LOVE it!
5- Water/Feed Bowl:
Cut the bottom ¼ off and use it for a water or food dish. Give your kids some Sharpie markers and let them decorate your pet’s new dish!
6- Feed Scoop:
Cut off bottom of milk jug at an angle and use it to scoop out feed for your animals.
1- Compost Bucket:
Cut a medium-large hole on the side opposite of the handle of the milk jug. Keep on your counter top when cooking and put food scrapes in for use in the compost pile.
2- Odds and Ends Basket:
Cut off the bottom ¼ of the milk jug and use it as a catch-all dish for all that loose junk scooting around in those kitchen drawers.
3- Dust Pan:
Cut the jug at an angle (keeping the handle part) and use it as a quick dust pan for those little messes on the counter or floor.
4- Storage Canisters:
Fill with rice, dried beans macaroni, etc. for storage.
5- Emergency Water:
Fill clean milk jugs for an emergency water supply.
6- Watering Tray:
Cut the bottom ¼ off and use it as a watering tray for your houseplants.
Cut the bottom off and use the top half as a funnel.
ODDS & ENDS
1- Milk Jug Igloo:
Great activity for a classroom or as an indoor wintertime activity for the kids! Just follow this link for great instructions and video for this activity! (How to Build a Milk Jug Igloo )
2- Boat Balers:
Cut the bottom off of the milk jug. Superglue lids on. Use in a canoe or small boat when you need to bale out water. NOTE: Attach a small nylon cord or rope to the jug handle. Attach the other rope end to the boat. Now the baler(s) will not be blown from the boat on a windy day or lost if your boat tips over.