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8 Surprisingly Useful Plastic Bottle Hacks

December 28th, 2018

If you are like many people, you probably drink a lot of bottled water and soda. This means that you have a lot of leftover plastic bottles. Instead of throwing your plastic bottles in the trash, put them to good use. Believe it or not, plastic bottles come in handy for a wide variety of projects around the house.

Here are some amazing uses for plastic bottles that you might not have thought of.

Item Holder

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For this hack, start by cutting off the bottom of two bottles. Glue a zipper to the top edge of one of the bottle bottoms. Glue the other half of the zipper to the top edge of the other bottle bottom. Close the zipper and use the container to hold small items. You can also cut a bottle in half, attach a zipper half to either edge and store longer items.

Foam Maker

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Cut off the bottom three inches of a fuzzy children’s sock. Stretch the section of the sock over the top half of a bottle with the bottom cut off. Mix shampoo and water and dip the sock into the soapy solution. Blow through the bottle mouth to produce foaming bubbles. This is a great idea for the kids.

Toothbrush Holder

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Cut apart and remove the middle section of a 20-ounce bottle, leaving the top third and bottom third Insert the top part into the bottom part of the bottle and cut four equidistant 1-inch holes around the upper part of the upper section. Glue the mouths of other bottles over the holes. Now, you can insert toothbrushes and toothpaste into the holes.

Respirator Mask

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Take a large bottle and cut out a section big enough to fit your face into. Line the edge with tape and then insert a door seal, attaching it around the edge. Poke some holes in the cap and stick a piece of tissue soaked with vinegar and cover it with another tissue befor3e screwing the cap back on. Don a filter mask and place the bottle mask over your face for added protection from fumes.

Water Purifying Pitcher

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Cut off the mouth and lid of a 1-liter plastic bottle. Sand down the bottom and set aside. Cut the bottle in half and then cut a hole in the top part, where you cut the mouth off and invert the top into the bottom half of the bottle. Cut a 1-inch hole into the top part of the bottom half and glue the mouth of the bottle over the hole. Insert a filter and pour in some water. You now have instant purified water.

DIY Juice Reamer

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For this hack, you need a 16 once and a 1.5-liter plastic bottle. To get the right height for the bottom line up the mouth of the 16-ounce bottle so that it is even with just below the mouth of the 1.5-liter bottle. Measure up on the larger bottle from the bottom of the smaller bottle about 2 inches. Cut the larger bottle in half at this point.

Turn the top half of the large bottle over and insert it into the bottom half. Place the smaller bottle, mouth down into this. Poke holes into the small bottle and the top section of the larger bottle using a long heated needle or awl and stick some wooden sticks through the holes. Place two wooden sticks perpendicular to each other through the bottles.

Cut a piece of fruit in half and use the top of the smaller bottle to ream, or extract the juice. You can then remove the bottom half of the larger bottle to drink the juice.

Hanging Light

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Cut off the top third of a large square juice bottle. Poke a 1/4-inch in the cap of the bottle and remove it, making to place a slit from the hole to one side of the cap. Spray paint the inside of the bottle top with white paint and the outside using the same or another color. Paint the cap the same color, black, or a color of your choice. Tape around the bottom edge of the bottle top using electrical tape.

Insert a light bulb socket with a cord, via the slit you cut, into the bottle cap and replace the cap. Screw in a light bulb and plug in the lamp. Place it wherever you need some light.

Plastic Mug

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This project requires a1 liter plastic bottle, a marker, a cutting tool, and a pair of scissors. Mark where you need to cut on the bottle with the marker, making sure to cut off the bottom third of the bottle while leaving a 4-inch long and 1-inch wide piece extending up the length of the bottle. At the top, cut out a 1-inch wide section around the circumference of the bottle.

Bend the long piece back and down, attaching it to the bottom half of the bottle by sliding the round piece from the top over the end. Now you have a mug which you can drink from. For more on all of these amazing bottle hacks, check out the video below.

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Source: Mr. Hacker, DIY & Crafts

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