It’s time to get back to basics! There are savings to be had!
My milk containers are always immediately recycled (and I don’t mean the yellow bin).
I have a milk container where I have punched little holes in the lid. It’s my watering can. And the best bit – it cost me nothing. Sure, it is not as durable or pretty as those watering cans on the shelf at my local Bunnings. But it serves its purpose perfectly. And when it gets worn out, or too battered, I just replace it with a new one.
My next milk container was used as a celery holder in the fridge. I cut the top off it, filled it with water, and poked my limp celery into it. Overnight, the celery absorbed all the water, and now stands proud, and ready for peanut butter!
My last milk container was used as a scoop. I had bought a huge packet of rice (on special at the supermarket), which needed to be poured into a large glass jar (so that it was airtight for storage). I cut the bottom off my milk bottle and kept the cap on tight. Turning the remainder of the bottle upside down, I now had a very handy scoop with which to transfer the rice to the jar.
Toilet rolls are my dog’s favorite toy. She runs around with it in her mouth, chewing it and slobbering all over it. She rolls it across the floor with her nose. It will keep her entertained for a good ½ hour, and when she’s finished playing, I just place the toilet roll in the recycling bin. Dogs love the smell and texture of new things, so with each new toilet roll I give her, she thinks its Christmas!
Old bath towels are cut into rectangles and backed with flannel/cotton to become gym towels. Once the gym towel gets really threadbare, it then becomes a cleaning rag. My gym towels are very popular, as I can make them as large or as small as I wish. I have some which I can drape over my shoulders for bike riding, others which are smaller and used for a quick face-wipe during aerobics class.
And old tea towel is a great addition to any vehicle tyre-changing kit. Most cars have a wrench, jack and tyre, but few have a rag that you can wipe your hands with afterwards!
It’s great to re-purpose things. Finding value in the little things is truly satisfying