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Empty glass jars: some old and new ways to reuse and repurpose

Jars of various sizes
Jars of various sizes
Photo by Neilson Barnard

Finding ways to reuse glass jars is a no brainer if you're in to being green, or just simply care about nature, not to mention saving money. Empty jars take up a lot of space in the recycle bins as well as making a dangerous mess if they get broken - and they will. I for one find countless ways to reuse the jars and lids around the house.

I reuse jam, pickle, and small to medium size jars in the bathroom for cotton balls and q-tips. An added benefit is seeing when they're getting low. They are great in the kitchen if you buy in bulk for baking soda, corn starch, etc. These small or medium size jars also work well for shaker jars. I replaced Comet with baking soda months ago for cleaning sinks, tubs, and showers. I punched a few holes in the lid with a nail and have a shaker jar to sprinkle it with.

Jars of all sizes work great in the pantry for storing those last few pieces of pasta that weren't used, rice, dry cereals, chocolate chips, raisins, that open bag of coconut, dried beans, nuts, marshmallows, tea bags, and even open packs of crackers. The list is virtually endless. Why waste zipper bags that fill up the trash and cost money? Plus with jars you can easily see what you have and how much.

Glass jars are also nice if you do your own mixes, like cocoa, brownies, bath powders, toothpaste, etc. I used my daughters Starbucks coffee bottle for herb infused oils. They are especially helpful in the laundry room for those items that appear in the wash. I use one for change, another for any buttons that fall off, and a third for the lost and found. I also have a lost and found jar in the kitchen for those mystery items that belong to no one.

Last but certainly not least, that gallon pitcher of tea or juice in the refrigerator that only has a cup or two left...poor it in a jar and label it. Of course there are the usual uses like vases, decorating with sand and sea shells, candle holders, etc. Just remember if you're using them for liquids to use a piece of plastic wrap to prevent the lids from rusting.

So before you throw out that next glass jar ask yourself if there's something you could use it for. Until next time, Happy Saving!

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