In our own little way, we’re doing our best to reduce our waste. We’d like to encourage you to do the same. HDPE is one of the safest plastic for repeated use in storing food. However, the small opening at the top of plastic bottles and the narrow handle, make the bottles difficult to clean and dry properly between uses. This requires us to use harmful chemicals to properly clean it for reuse, which we’ve decided not to do. We encourage you to reuse and recycle your container. Be sure to clean and dry them carefully.
Easy Ways to Use It
Funnel- Cut the milk jug in half and use the top part as a funnel.
Water Weights- If you need something to tie that tarp down during windy days, try filling a few milk jugs up with water. To keep the tarp from moving around tie each corner to the handle of your milk jug. Use it to hold down other large objects.
Workout Weights- Fill with water and use to workout. Experiment with different levels for different weights. A full gallon weights about 8.5 lbs.
Ice Pack- Fill one of your jugs and freeze it. Use it to keep your cooler cold.
Scoop or Shovel- Cut the bottom off and shape it into a scoop with a handle. Use it to scoop out dog food or even for the kids to use in their sand box.
Toilet Bowl Brush/Plunger Holder- Cut a hole across from the handle that’s big enough for the toilet bowl cleaner or plunger to fit through.
Dustpan- With the lid still on, turn the milk jug container upside down and cut the top off at an angle. This is a great alternative to traditional dustpans.
In the Freezer- A full freezer is an efficient freezer. Wash out and fill your milk jugs with water and store in your freezer. When a freezer is full it takes less energy to keep it cold. Water expands though so leave a little room at the top of your jug when filling or the container will crack.
Water Saver- If you want to save a bit of water in the toilet, fill up an empty ½ gallon milk jug with sand and place it in the tank on the back of the toilet. The jug will take up extra space by displacing water and keep the toilet from using too much each time you flush
In The Kitchen
Thaw Meat- Cut the top off your milk jug and use the plastic bottom to thaw your meat in. No more leaky juices and you can wash and reuse it numerous times.
Store Grains- Fill with your bulk grains. Wash out and let dry really well and then store rice, beans, or cornmeal in them. They are easy to pour out and measure too.
Meat Separator- It’s never good to see your hamburger patties sticking together once they’ve been in the freezer. To prevent this from happening you can cut the milk container into small circles or squares and place them between the patties.
Plastic Bag Dispenser- Cut a small hole across from the handle and then put in your plastic bags. You can take the bags out one by one from the hole whenever you need one.
Use it Outside
Luminary- Cut the top off right where it starts to widen, put some gravel in the bottom and set a tea light in it for a beautiful glowing luminary for outdoor parties.
Irrigate your garden
Pot Tray- Instead of buying a potted plant base or saucer you can just cut off the bottom of the milk jug and place the pot inside.
Plant Waterer- Poke holes in the lid, fill with water and water potted plants.
Plant Marker: Using a marker and a ruler, trace out several long strips along each side of the milk jug. Make one end wide enough to write on and the other sharp enough to stick in the ground. Use scissors to cut out each plant marker and then use your new creations to label each new section of your garden.
Planting Guide- Using strips, make holes spaced seed distance apart. Lay on the ground and plant seeds in hole. This is great for spacing small seeds like carrots, lettuce or beets.
Plant Starter- Cut the top off and fill with dirt. Use as a plant starter.
Harvesting- Cut a hole opposite the handle, string the handle on a belt and have a hands-free harvesting bucket. Great for Strawberries and Raspberries!
Vertical Gardening or A Greenhouse space-saver.
Ideas for Storage
Storage- Cut a hand size hole in the top of the jug opposite the handle and use it to store dog biscuits, golf balls or clothes pins.
Lego Storage- Empty milk jugs are a great way to store small Lego pieces or other smaller toy.
Toy Storage- Cut the tops off, leaving handles. String on PVC or curtain rod and mount at arm’s reach for easy toy storage and sorting.
Drawer Organizer- Cut the tops off the container about 3 inches from the base and se to organize the junk drawer- store rubber bands, paper clips, scissors, etc in individual containers.
Pencil Pot- Cut the milk jug just under the handle and use to store pens and pencils upright.
Organize Your Garage- Try cutting off the tops of several milk jugs and using them to store those small garden tools, nuts and bolts, and other similar items. They line up nicely on a shelf and can easily be labeled with a permanent marker.
Car Organizer- If you've got kids (or just a lot of stuff in your car) try cutting off the tops of a few jugs and using them to hold toys, rags, motor oil, gloves, or anything else you find rolling around on the floorboards while driving around town.
Chain Storage: Try storing your dirty snow chains in a few milk jugs. Simply cut off the top half of the milk jug and place the chains all in one place.
Yarn Dispenser- Cut the top of the milk container off just enough so a ball of yarn and your hand can fit into the hole. Once the ball of yarn is in take the end of the yarn and bring it through the handle of the milk jug. This is a great way to keep the yarn from getting tangled together!
Piggy Bank- With the lid on the top of the milk jug, cut a small slit opposite of the handle and drop in your change. You can even use markers, paint or stickers to decorate your piggy bank.
Make a Purse or Book Cover
Halloween Ghost- Draw faces on the smooth side. Cut holes in the back and ill with Christmas lights for a Halloween.
Make a Lava Lamp
Make an Igloo –You’ll need a lot!
Make an Eye Mask
I'm sure there are many more ways to keep these milk jugs out of landfills. What else do you use them for?