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Friday, December 14, 2012

10 Uses for Empty Prescription Bottles - Prepping

In my family we tend to get piles of empty unrecycable RX bottles. I'm not one to waste, so I've scoured the Internet for various ways to re-use these items. Before reusing ANY empty prescription bottle, take off the labels, so no one has access to your personal information. Make sure to clean and sanitize the bottles thoroughly as well. Storing food in these bottle, MAY NOT BE SAFE. These bottles tend to float in water and be waterproofed, so will be great additions for an emergency kit. 

  1. Remove toilet paper from it's original cardboard roll and proceed to roll the sheets tightly. Once your roll is thick enough, fit it into a tall presciption bottle and label for emergencies (I cover my labels with clear tape to protect from water damage). These are handy to have in bug out bags, camping or for emergencies and take up less room. I found I could get 1/4 to 1/3 a roll into one bottle.
  2. Store seeds inside the bottles and then label the bottles according to the seeds they hold. Seeds that need to be kept cold, can easily be placed inside the fridge in these bottles.
  3. Use bottle as storage for tiny items such as rubber bands, paper clips, hair pins, needles, nails, bolts, screws, etc.
  4. Fill a few with various denominations of coins. Place these in your purse, car and bug out bag. No more looking everywhere for change especially if you need to pay the tolls. You may also want to start saving pennies that are pre-1982 due to a high copper content and store using this method.
  5. Place various weights, 10-15lb fishing line and various hooks into a bottle for a simple fishing kit. In a pinch, an extra bottle could be used as a floater for your line.
  6. Toss in pins, safety pins, various sized needles, buttons, a patch and some thread. This can be slipped into your pocket, purse, glove box or backpack as a fast sewing kit. Various color threads can be wrapped around a piece of straw, popcycle stick or nail file.
  7. Prescription bottles tend to be water-proofed. Toss in matches, flint, vaseling coated cotton balls or a lighter to keep your fire starters dry. Super glue a small piece of sandpaper on the inside on the lid for strinking matches.
  8. Q-tips, bandaids, cotton swabs, moleskin, nail clippers & tweezers fit neatly inside an empty plastic prescription bottle for fast first aid.
  9. Store mini pencils, rolled up paper and a pencil sharpener in a bottle for notes.
  10. Gently roll up cords for your electrical devices (nook cord, mp3/4 players USB's, ear buds, lighter plug for your base camp radio). Seal with lid and label.


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