Condo Blues: 25 of the Best Ways to Reuse Old Pill Bottles

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

25 of the Best Ways to Reuse Old Pill Bottles

Husband and I are relatively healthy people but every once and awhile we get sick enough to require prescription medicine. More often than not the medicine comes comes in a plastic bottle that aren’t always recyclable.

I really hate tossing something like that into the trash and sending it to a landfill to sit on a mountain of garbage for a thousand years.

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Fortunately, when I inherited my crafty grandmother’s bead stash, it came with most of it stored in plastic pill bottles according to bead type. I sometimes tossed an empty prescription bottle into my bead and jewelry findings drawer so I could keep the tradition alive (and because it is a smart way to organize small crafty bits.)

Later when a messy drawer of fiddly bits drove me nuts I dipped into the pill bottle stash to organize it.
  • Loose bobby pins? Pill bottle. 
  • Rubber bands in the junk drawer? Pill bottle.
  • The all important Aldi quarter in the car console? Pill bottle. 

You get the idea.
Sometimes I decorate the top of the bottle with washi tape so I can tell what is what like in my bathroom hair stuff drawer. Other times I just leave it as is like my bead stash because it changes and I can see what the item is because I don’t decorate the bottle itself (although you can if you like!)

 I got the decorative tape from a friend who doesn't let her kids have stickers. I'm sure you can guess why they lost the privilege!

You don’t have to a prescription pill bottle for these hacks a vitamin or over the counter medicine bottle in the size you need will work too. I use a travel size aspirin bottle to keep allergy and headache medicine in my purse.

25 Ways to Recycle Plastic Medicine Bottles 


1. Make a waterproof money container for the pool or beach.
2. Make an on leach dog potty bag dispenser.

3. Keep matches dry for camping, cookout, or BBQ  - Glue sandpaper to the lid and you’re set!

4. Garden pest control garland Drill holes in pill bottles and fill them with cotton balls soaked in liquids that deter deer, cats, etc. Put the caps on the bottles and hang them in your garden.

5. Drawer & closet sachets – Same idea as number 4 but fill the bottles with lavender buds or your favorite scented item.

6. To hide a geocache.
7. Make a nail polish remover jar with your favorite acetone free nail polish remover.

Recycled Pill Bottle Travel and Packing Hacks


A pill bottle keeps my extra phone charger and cord together in my purse when traveling.

8. Hold earrings and jewelry when traveling – No more tangled necklaces or lost earrings!

9. Hold your favorite teabags in your purse or desk at work.
10. Hold shampoo and conditioner for leak proof  travel.
11. Hold cotton balls or swabs in your suitcase.

12. Keep a cellphone emergency charger and cord together in your suitcase. You may have to ask the pharmacy, a friend, or Freecycle for a larger bottle depending upon the size of your charger. I don't recommend joining the Canine Cancer Club just to get big pill bottles. It is a sucky club to be in.

13. Make a mini sewing kit.
14. Make a mini first aid kit or to hold band aids. I carry a bunch of band aids when traveling because I always get blisters from walking.

Organize Your Life with Upcycled Pill Bottle Containers!


 What I haven't used over the years of Grandma's bead stash plus some of my own additions.
15. Store beads and jewelry findings in the craft room.
16. Hold quarters and spare change – Heaven help the person who doesn’t put the all important Aldi quarter back in the car after grocery shopping!

17. Ear bud holder – My ear buds don’t get tangled in my gym bag and most importantly I can find them when I need them! I used junk food washi tape to decorate  the bottle cap because I always crave the worst junk food possible after a workout. Why is that?

18. Hair care organizer – I use old pill bottle to store, hair ties, bobby pins, and small barrettes in my bathroom drawer.

19.  Storage containers for cake piping tips courtesy of the Barefoot Baker.

20. Store seeds for the following season.

21. Organize nails and small amounts of hardware in the garage. 

22. To hold  and keep track of small small game pieces like dice in the game’s box.

23. Organize small office supplies like paper clips, push pins and staples in a desk drawer.

24. Store rechargeable batteries Our charged set of batteries used to roll around loose in the drawer until we corralled them with old pill bottles.

25. Organize fishing, hooks, lures, etc. in a tackle box.

What do you do with old pill bottles? Toss them? Recycle them? Reuse them? How?

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Happy mom said...

Great ideas! Thank you! I get big bottles of fiber and such, I don't like tossing them but can never figure a use for them!

Happy mom said...

Great ideas! Thank you! I get big bottles of fiber and such, I don't like tossing them but can never figure a use for them!

Happy mom said...

Great ideas! Thank you! I get big bottles of fiber and such, I don't like tossing them but can never figure a use for them! said...

I make desiccant cannisters out of them to put in my tool boxes. You can buy the silica gel pellets online. even carries some.

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