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Suggestions for empty pill bottles?

Does anyone have any suggestions for prescription bottles?

DH is on a pile of meds, we get all shapes and sizes and I've been using them for a few things but think there must be more, just can't think of them:

* Taking blister packs of pills (sudafed, day/night quil, zantac, ext) out of their package for our first aid kit, mini first aid kit (in truck, and DH's tackle box) and my purse.
* Q-tips in larger bottle.
* Craft projects, beads and findings, needles, ect.
* Storing fishing hooks, sinkers, etc in DH's tackle box.

Anyone else have any more suggestions?
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Old 09-15-2012, 08:14 AM

RE: Suggestions for empty pill bottles?

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I googled it and found the following article, seems like I'm on the right track:

45 Great Ways to Reuse Prescription Bottles - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Use empty plastic prescription bottles to store:

Antacids - How many times have you reached into your pocket or purse for a chewable antacid tablet, only to find the last one stuck to the bottom? Somehow, that fuzzy, lint-covered over-the-counter antacid seems less than appetizing. If you store that opened roll of Rolaids, Tums or other antacids in an empty plastic prescription bottle, you will always find a fresh tablet when you need it.

Bandages - Most adhesive bandages fit nicely inside an empty plastic prescription bottle, and the container will keep these first-aid necessities clean and dry. Why not keep empty plastic prescription bottles of adhesive bandages in the car, as well as the bathroom and kitchen cabinets.

BBs and Air-Gun Pellets - Do you have a toy or hobby gun? Empty plastic prescription bottles are ideal for storing those BBs and pellets. The child-proof lids will keep the contents securely stored, although you will still want to stash the plastic prescription bottle in a safe spot - out of sight and out of reach.

Beads - Crafters and jewelry makers may find empty plastic prescription bottles particularly handy for storing beads, clasps, hooks and other beading supplies. By using several empty plastic prescription bottles, crafters can keep beads and adornments sorted by color, size, style or other criteria.

Beanie Baby Tags - Do you still have a Beanie Baby collection? How about keeping those little heart tags in empty plastic prescription bottles?

Bobby Pins - Hair clips and bobby pins fit easily into empty plastic prescription bottles. Instead of digging through vanity drawers for hair pins, why not keep these hairstyling supplies inside empty plastic prescription bottles?

Breath Mints - Once opened, breath mints or rolled candies may tumble out of their packaging into a backpack, handbag or pocket. Prevent sticky messes and fuzzy candies by keeping these treats in empty plastic prescription bottles. (Be sure to warn children that not all contents of plastic prescription bottles are readily edible, to prevent them from consuming actual medications.)

Buttons - Often, store-bought garments come with tiny packets of spare buttons or snaps. Keep these extra fasteners in an empty plastic prescription bottle, so you will know exactly where to find them, if one should pop off of your favorite apparel.

Cash - Store an extra $20 or two in an empty plastic prescription bottle in the glove compartment or door cubby of your car, just for emergency use.

Christmas Tree Light Bulbs - Boxes of new Christmas tree lights usually include miniscule packets of spare light bulbs and fuses. Tuck these into an empty plastic prescription bottle, and stick this in the Christmas ornament box for easy access when you need new bulbs or fuses.

Coins - The larger empty plastic prescription bottles easily hold coins of all denominations. You can keep a supply of coins (particularly quarters) for the Laundromat and the toll booth in an empty plastic prescription bottle in the car.

Cotton Balls - Tidy up the bathroom vanity or cosmetics kit by storing loose cotton balls in an empty plastic prescription bottle. This solution is particularly convenient for traveling, offering just enough cotton balls for make-up removal or first-aid uses on the road.

Cotton Swabs - Q-tips and other cotton swabs fit neatly inside an empty plastic prescription bottle for daily use or travel.

Cough Drops and Throat Lozenges - Store a few cough drops or throat lozenges in an empty plastic prescription bottle in your school backpack, purse or briefcase. Stash another empty plastic prescription bottle of cough drops or throat lozenges in your desk drawer or at your workstation. (Be sure to warn children that not all contents of plastic prescription bottles are readily edible, to prevent them from consuming actual medications.)

Daily Medications - Track your daily medication doses and vitamins by storing these in seven empty plastic prescription bottles. Label the empty plastic prescription bottles for each day of the week, and you will always know if you have taken your daily doses. (Some folks find it helpful to use 14 empty plastic prescription bottles, if morning and evening doses are needed.)

Disposable Razor Heads - Toss used razor heads into child-proof empty plastic prescription bottles. Seal the tops securely before discarding these potentially dangerous items in the trash.

Doll Accessories - Store miniature doll toys and fashion doll accessories in empty plastic prescription bottles, and you won't lose any more of those tiny high-heeled Barbie shoes.

Earring Backs - How often have you looked for stray earring backs in your jewelry box? Why not keep a small supply of earring backs in an empty plastic prescription bottle?

Fishing Hooks - Do you love to fish? Keep track of those little fish hooks and lures by sealing them in empty plastic prescription bottles. Use several empty plastic prescription bottles to sort and store those small angling accessories.

Fruit Snacks - Pack healthy dried apricots, cranberries, prunes or raisins in empty plastic prescription bottles for bag lunches. (Be sure to warn children that not all contents of plastic prescription bottles are readily edible, to prevent them from consuming actual medications.)

Game pieces - Track pairs of dice, game tokens and other small pieces in empty plastic prescription bottles. Tuck one plastic prescription bottle inside each game box, filled with the tiny components of that game. Plastic prescription bottles are just right for packing those little Monopoly pieces, for example.

Glitter - Craft glitter, sequins and sand art may be stored easily and neatly in empty plastic prescription bottles.

Matches - Keep matches (cardboard and wooden) in empty plastic prescription bottles. This storage method prevents matches from striking accidentally, while keeping these fire starters dry as well. What a super solution for boaters, campers, canoeing enthusiasts and white-water rafters.

Medical Information - Place a list of pertinent personal medical information inside an empty plastic prescription bottle, and store it inside the freezer. Stick a note on the refrigerator door to alert paramedics, in case of an emergency. (Storing medical information in the freezer is a common practice, especially in senior citizen communities.)

Medical Sharps - Put used lancets and hypodermic needles inside empty plastic prescription bottles, and seal lids securely for safe disposal. Be sure to check state and local requirements for medical waste disposal, as licensed containers may be required in some areas.

Nail Polish Remover - Fill empty plastic prescription bottles with cotton balls, soaked in nail polish remover, for handy do-it-yourself manicures.

Orthodontic Rubber Bands - Do you have a brace-wearer in your household? Those tiny orthodontic rubber bands may seem to show up everywhere. Prevent this minor mayhem by storing these supplies in empty plastic prescription bottles.

Pain-Relief Medications - Many consumers purchase acetaminophen, ibuprofen and other over-the-counter medications in bulk containers for better pricing. Why not store smaller supplies in empty plastic prescription bottles for daily use? Be advised, however, that original labeled packaging may be required for airport security, when you travel.

Paintballs - Paintball enthusiasts may store leftover paint pellets in empty plastic prescription bottles to prevent these supplies from popping and spilling.

Paints - Mix powdered poster or tempera paints in empty plastic prescription bottles for painting crafts. Store leftover acrylic paints in empty plastic prescription bottles as well. Dab a bit of paint on the top of each plastic prescription bottle for easy color identification.

Paper Clips - De-clutter a home office or workplace desk by storing loose paperclips in empty plastic prescription bottles.

Picture Hooks - Pick up picture hanging hooks and nails, and keep them in empty plastic prescription bottles for easy organization.

Postage Stamps - Avoid sticky messes by storing postage stamps in empty plastic prescription bottles.

Rubber Bands - Stash rubber bands for ready use in empty plastic prescription bottles. Use another empty plastic prescription bottle for coated hair elastics.

Safety Pins - Always have safety pins available when you need them by keeping them in empty plastic prescription bottles.

Salad Dressing - Take a single serving of mayonnaise or salad dressing in a bag lunch by packing it into an empty plastic prescription bottle.

Salt and Pepper - Carefully punch a few holes in the tops of empty plastic prescription bottles to make your own salt and pepper shakers.

Screws - Store screws, nuts, bolts, brads and nails in empty plastic prescription bottles to tidy up the tool chest.

Seeds - Organize flower, vegetable and other plant seeds in empty plastic prescription bottles. You can even start seeds in empty plastic prescription bottles by adding peat or planting medium.

Sewing Kit - Stick a needle, thread, straight pins, safety pin and spare button in an empty plastic prescription bottle to create a personal sewing kit for travel or the workplace.

Shampoo and Conditioner - Stop overspending on sample-sized sundries for travel. Pour small amounts of shampoo and conditioner into empty plastic prescription bottles for use on the road. Just be advised that airport security may require such items to appear in original labeled containers, if you fly.

Snacks - Pack cereals, peanuts, pretzels or other small snacks in empty plastic prescription bottles for bag lunches or traveling treats. (Be sure to warn children that not all contents of plastic prescription bottles are readily edible, to prevent them from consuming actual medications.)

Spices - Empty plastic prescription bottles make super spice storage containers. Pour cinnamon, cloves, ginger, paprika, parsley or other spices into empty plastic prescription bottles to organize your spice cabinet.

Thumb Tacks - Keep push pins and thumb tacks neatly stored in the office or home in empty plastic prescription bottles.

Toothpicks - Tuck a supply of wooden toothpicks in an empty plastic prescription bottle for easy accessibility in the kitchen. How about keeping an extra supply of toothpicks in an empty plastic prescription bottle in your briefcase, car, handbag or school backpack for quick use when you need one?

Don't discard those empty plastic prescription bottles. Instead, reuse those handy pill bottles for organization and storage - at home, in the car or in the workplace. Or donate empty plastic prescription bottles to veterinarians, animal shelters, day care centers, free clinics, homeless shelters, senior centers and other facilities that may be able to use them.

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Old 09-15-2012, 08:35 AM

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ds uses them for seeds, it's better than having packets of seeds in a box...
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We use these for laundry quarters, and for my sons indiv. small lego kits and just mark as you go. I also put as many crayons as I can for my little one, I carry in purse so if we go somewhere and they don't have them, we can always color on menus or napkins.
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usually use mine for coins, they do come in handy...
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I was just thinking that I'm going to have to do something more with them. I just refilled all of DH's meds. It has taken 8 years to get all 20 scripts to refill at the same time. This month we had 16 bottles that were recyclable. Will have to find more uses for them!

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