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    Empty Colorful Vitamin Bottles

    I just cannot throw them out. Deep orange, cobalt blue, and emerald green. I already have a jar for bobbins. I have a storage tube for needles. What can I use these for?
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    You could "recycle" them by making the "Quilter's Medicine" . Fill with M&M's and print a label with the poem. I saw it on here somewhere. But didn't write it down.

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    i'll be watching this. i have 22 scripts a month from the pharmacy. what do i do with the 22 bottles a month. just throw them out, or is there a great idea to do something with them?
    put off till tomorrow what you can do today, and if you procrastinate long enough, you may never have to do it.

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    My pharmacy give 2cents a bottle credit. Lynnie you could have $5 year in savings! Enough to buy a rotary blade I guess. LOL
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    The small amber bottles would make great hand sewing needle holders...I'm trying to finish a plastic container of toothpicks for that purpose cuz the lid has the holes in it, so I can shake out one needle at a time.

    Also thought of buttons, you could put each color button in the same color container.

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    I checked w/my pharmacy to see if they would take them back to recycle but they don't. I feel bad throwing them away but can't keep saving them for no reason. I do use one for old/dull/broken needles & pins. When it's full I just throw the whole bottle away.

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    I like to throw one in the bottom of my purse with bandaids in it. Great for storing safety pins in. Take along sewing kit in your work bag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnie View Post
    i'll be watching this. i have 22 scripts a month from the pharmacy. what do i do with the 22 bottles a month. just throw them out, or is there a great idea to do something with them?
    One of the pharmacies we use recycles them. You could check. We also donate them to a school organization that allows teachers to come get them for art projects or math or whatever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by toverly View Post
    You could "recycle" them by making the "Quilter's Medicine" . Fill with M&M's and print a label with the poem. I saw it on here somewhere. But didn't write it down.
    Sorry Toverly, but DO NOT put candy in medicine bottles. EVER I think you can figure out why.
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    I just put them in the recycle container for pickup when they collect the recycle bins. Mine are all amber. I do use one for used rotary blades and another for used needles.
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    If you can't think how to reuse them, recycle them, or give them away....please trash them. Hoarders disease is painful, unsightly, and dangerous to your health.

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    There is a few fun ways shown on this site. I like the one to put a small amount of shampoo in one, it would make it a quick and easy way to bring my shampoo to the pool. http://www.diyncrafts.com/11126/repu...y-pill-bottles

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    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000 View Post
    There is a few fun ways shown on this site. I like the one to put a small amount of shampoo in one, it would make it a quick and easy way to bring my shampoo to the pool. http://www.diyncrafts.com/11126/repu...y-pill-bottles
    If public pool then that wouldn't be allowed. If at home pool then DH would have a fit because I just messed up the water PH.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000 View Post
    There is a few fun ways shown on this site. I like the one to put a small amount of shampoo in one, it would make it a quick and easy way to bring my shampoo to the pool. http://www.diyncrafts.com/11126/repu...y-pill-bottles
    There are some really clever ideas here! I wish I had known about the tooth holder when I was teaching kindergarten. Those would have been so cute to have a supply of in the classroom.
    And I love the cat toy idea. And I got ideas for other uses. I wonder if I could put extra sewing machine feet in individual containers and label them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnie View Post
    i'll be watching this. i have 22 scripts a month from the pharmacy. what do i do with the 22 bottles a month. just throw them out, or is there a great idea to do something with them?

    Hi Lynnie, Don't know where on Long Island you're located, but Whole Foods recycles script bottles (if there is a 5 on the bottom) It's part of the Gimmie 5 recycling program. I usually do a run there every couple of months to recycle script bottles and yogurt containers.

    There was also an organization that collected donated bottles

    The Malawi Project, Inc.
    3314 Van Tassel Drive
    Indianapolis, IN
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    Last edited by dragonfly15; 05-27-2017 at 08:39 AM.

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    We take shampoo to the pool but not to use in the pool of course. We use it when we shower in the locker room after the pool. I'm sure that is what you meant

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    I have thrown many things that I do not need away over the years. I do not have hoarders' disease. Trust me. Jimmy is the pack rat in our family. These are just three little pretty bottles. Most of his vitamins come in boring white bottles. I did start putting empty bobbins in one. For now the other two will wait until I get a massive idea. Buttons is a good one.
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    If you are talking about the short, most often amber colored plastic containers our prescriptions come in, then I have an idea for us all. The vastly underdeveloped country of Malawi in Africa is in desperate need of these containers. Medicine is scarce and apparently containers to dispense medicines are almost non-existent. So if you want to take the time to participate in getting all the empty containers where they are needed, Google something like "plastic pill bottles for Africa" and you will see what I mean. I have done this for a long time and I feel pretty good about keeping the plastic out of landfills and helping others.
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    UPDATE: This program is ended. The people who started it were so successful in their effort they are overloaded with pill containers. Sorry. Can anyone else think of anything charitable and useful for these containers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by llong0233 View Post
    If you are talking about the short, most often amber colored plastic containers our prescriptions come in, then I have an idea for us all.
    No, these are not from prescriptions, but from vitamins. They are 4 1/2 inches tall, and as big around as a half dollar. Thanks for the input though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnie View Post
    i'll be watching this. i have 22 scripts a month from the pharmacy. what do i do with the 22 bottles a month. just throw them out, or is there a great idea to do something with them?
    We use them for small items for the trucks (fuses, interior light bulbs), needles and safety pins for a sewing kit. In the shop for small pieces when repairing something, put a little paint thinner in to soak a small brush, small specialty screws or nails. In the house I put needles and broken sewing machine needles in, beads, buttons, rubber bands. I even use then to roots my spider plant babies.
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    Boston, gee those blue and green one sound great only amber ones here......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
    If public pool then that wouldn't be allowed. If at home pool then DH would have a fit because I just messed up the water PH.
    ???? After we have our aquafit class... we go into the shower... use soap and shampoo.... and get dressed for our day. I don't understand what you mean by this comment?

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    I used to be able to take my bottles back to the Pharmacy to get them refilled, but no more of that.

    We used to be able to send left over prescriptions to the missions. Can't do that anymore.

    But we do have recycling now. I have been putting our pill bottles into recycling for a good number of years. I'm surprised no one else talked about that.

    I see some very nice uses for the bottles on this thread, but some just don't make sense. I think I would have bottles here and there and forget where they all where. LOL Stashing cash around is not a good idea. What if the house burns? I have just one place where I may keep a little extra cash in the house, but not much. I feel that if a thief found that, they might be satisfied and not kill me! ! ! Besides, it's only money. There are more important things in life.

    I see that the 30 uses for pill bottles mentions putting candy into the bottles. DO NOT DO THIS. We were told that is a disaster waiting to happen. Children have to know for sure that what is in that bottle is not for them. And even adults can be confused and take too many pills, thinking it is candy.

    Have fun with your bottles. I will be looking into saving them for Africa. (OOps! I guess we can't do that anymore. I should talk to my local vet or send them to Indianapolis.)
    Last edited by maviskw; 05-27-2017 at 06:56 PM.
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