Okay, how many of you have a slight addiction to HomeGoods? What is it about this warehouse of items ranging from makeup to Christmas trees. I was guided by angels when I found this after Christmas. I have a few favorite finds on any given day; dishes, linens, coffee (yes they sell coffee) and seasonal items. But, my favorite go-to purchase is cleaning products! I love the dish soaps and counter spray cleaners. And, after awhile I created a few ideas to upcycle spray bottles.
You can imagine my enthusiasm when I won a basket of cleaning products at our kids’ school auction. It was such a treat because the product labels matched. If you are a HomeGoods (or TJ Maxx) shopper you know the struggle to find more than one of any find. So yes, I loved these matching cleaning products (and I paid too much for this cleaning basket, but it was a fundraiser)!
So when the cleaning products are nearly empty, I feel a sense of guilt for tossing the plastic spray bottles.
I mean how is that spray nozzle ever going to get a second chance if it ends up in the dump?
I think I carry the recycle gene from my Appalachia great grandparents. Taking a cue from my grandparents (and my mom) I backfill the empty spray bottles. I use cleaning staples like vinegar, baking soda and a vinegar based cleaning product I buy in bulk.
My sister first turned me on to Nature’s Miracle for pet accidents and for workout clothes. As she explained, the vinegar is what neutralizes the odors. But over time, I just bought a gallon of everyday vinegar for like a dollar.
I removed the labels and glue from the plastic spray bottles and used chalk labels or scrap paper to identify the bottles. This fun dog print was perfect for the vinegar based cleaning products for dog messes. It was the visual the family needed to clean up the pet messes and puppy puddles.
I didn’t want one of them to pull the, “I didn’t know if it was filled with bleach so I waited for you to get home.”
I purchased baking soda in bulk at Costco. And, last summer was the summer of Snapple. I collected dozens of Snapple bottles and let’s just say this summer the Snapple bottles store lots of tiny miscellaneous items and cleaning products.
The Snapple bottles were the perfect size bottle to store baking soda for baking sheets with cooked on grease. And, a little sprinkle of baking soda added sparkle to the sink and a great way to remove rust from serving trays.
And, then there were the plastic spray bottles that were too practical (maybe it’s me) to toss into the recycle bin. I love these chalk friendly labels but added a layer of clear packing tape to keep the labels dry.
These spray bottles were previous HomeGood finds and now had a new purpose. I tucked these spray bottles into closets with a reusable rag or paper towels for quick touchups. Storing these in closets or cabinets saves time by not having to run around the house to find a surface specific cleaner.
How do you upcycle plastic spray bottles? Do you have any suggestions for my Snapple bottles or spray bottles?
Looking for a way to organize the cleaning products check out this idea here.
Here’s an easy way to remove rust with a little baking soda and this .