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Reuse baby-wipe containers

By on October 17, 2009

baby wipes
photo by modmami

Many new parents buy baby wipes, and, when the wipes are gone, they’re left with a sturdy plastic container. Rather than throwing it away, reuse it as a storage container or turn it into a fun toy. Not only are you reducing waste; you’re saving yourself money that you would spend on purchasing new storage containers. Many of these types of storage containers are rarely seen by guests anyway, so why purchase something fancy? It makes perfect “cents” to reuse them.

CRAFT STORAGE: They’re ideal containers for holding crochet hooks and sewing and scrapbooking supplies, such as rubber-stamp pads, photographs, scissors and paint pens. They can be used for small skeins of yarn or twine to prevent the “tangle factor.”

TOY STORAGE AND FUN IDEAS: They’re the perfect size to hold action figures, building blocks, small cars, small board books, baby rattles, crayons, art supplies and bath toys. They can be used as a mold for both sand (sand castles) and snow (igloo bricks). If you poke a hole on either end, you can attach a few in a line with string and create a little pull train. They stack easily and make great building blocks. If sanded and spray painted, a container can make a treasure box that can be great when filled and given as a gift or used as a reward box.

BATHROOM STORAGE: Use them to hold washcloths, hair accessories, brushes, combs, trial-sized soaps and shampoos, free samples, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors and manicure supplies, such as polishes, remover, clippers and nail files. Add adhesive bandages, gauze, antibacterial ointment and tape, and you have a handy first-aid kit. It’s a simple organizational solution for over-the-counter medications such as pain relievers, cough medicines and vitamins. You can place baby supplies, such as a bulb syringe, thermometer, pacifier and nail scissors inside, as well.

KITCHEN STORAGE: It’s an easy place to store seasoning packets, boxed gelatin, sponges, instant oatmeal, coupons, plastic grocery bags, recipe cards, batteries, twist ties or cookie cutters. They’re great used as drawer and cupboard organizers. You can use as a loose-change container, too.

GARAGE STORAGE: Have easy access to small tools, nails, screws and garden seeds.

OFFICE STORAGE: Store office supplies such as rubber bands, pens, pencils, notepads, highlighter pens, tape, stapler, envelopes, stamps, greeting cards, rulers, compass, hole punch, label maker, glue and pushpins.

Finally, you can use the plastic wipes container for its original use and make homemade baby wipes or homemade household-cleaning wipes. You can use flannel fabric, baby washcloths or a roll of quality paper towels.

Homemade-Wipes Solution

1/2 roll of quality paper towels, or flannel fabric squares. or baby washcloths
2 cups boiled water
2 tablespoons baby oil
2 tablespoons baby wash

Fold “wipes,” and place neatly stacked in the wipes container. Combine liquid ingredients, and pour into the wipes container.

Household-Cleaning Solution

liquid disinfectant cleaner or pine cleaner
water

Mix one part cleaner to two parts water. Add to prepared wipes container filled with either paper towels or cleaning rags. Be careful to label cleaning wipes, and place in a safe place away from pets and children.

How do you reuse baby wipes containers?

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6 Comments

  1. Frugal Cape Cod

    10/17/2009 at 9:17 pm

    This is such a great idea! I love to reuse anything I can get my hands on and I have a 1 year old, so I go through wipes and usually recycle the wipes box. I will b saving them from now on that is for sure!
    .-= Frugal Cape Cod´s last blog ..Pancake Balls =-.

  2. packaging supplier

    10/19/2009 at 9:02 am

    They can be used for small skeins of yarn or twine to prevent the “tangle factor.”

  3. David

    10/19/2009 at 8:19 pm

    Another thing to do with them is fill them with water a freeze them. The ice blocks make great ice for coolers in the summer. Bigs blocks usually last longer than the smaller cubes…

  4. Polly

    10/20/2009 at 2:31 am

    My boys still(their 20 & 15!)use them to make snow blocks for Winter fortress walls to hurl snowballs at each other, and attempts to fashion igloos. Harder then you think LOL!

    Years ago one company made them like lego blocks and my boys went wild for them. They stuck together like just like legos. We had walls of lego diaper wipes boxes that my boys would play make believe with. We still have a few that hold various types of hardware out in the garage.

  5. Sara Noel

    10/20/2009 at 8:53 am

    I have my daughter’s hair accessories in a spare one.

  6. Anna

    10/27/2009 at 2:02 pm

    Even better … purchase baby wipe refills by the case (WalMart and other stores have them) to refill your original container and avoid collecting containers in the first place. We’ve had the same 3 containers (one for each bathroom, one for the changing table) for all three kids and it’s also saved us a ton of money over the years.

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