6 Recycling Ideas for Common Household Items
In the spirit of reduce, reuse and recycle, we thought we’d take a few minutes to focus on some common household items that are normally thrown in the recycling bin as soon as they outlived their usefulness, but which you can give a new lease of life to with a little bit of creativity. Here are 6 easy recycling ideas for common household items that you can start working on today.
- Bird feeders from plastic bottles
Giving nature a home in our garden has been a big concern recently with many wildlife charities encouraging us to find more ways to help preserve bird and wildlife species in our outdoor space. With this goal in mind, you can easily turn an empty plastic bottle into a simple bird feeder to hang in your garden. It’s easy to hang up and refill, and while it might look a bit boring as just a plain plastic bottle you can easily decorate it with some paints to brighten up a corner of your garden – a great project for the kids to help out with over the summer holidays.
- Newspaper as shoe deodorisers
Once you’ve finished reading the headlines, you normally just throw the newspaper on top of the paper recycling heap and move on, however newspaper sheets have been used to great effect to help neutralise bad odours and absorb moisture from shoes. Simply scrunch up into a ball and insert into your shoes overnight, and replace each evening with a new batch.
- Dryer sheets for dusting
Dryer sheets are typically used for removing static from clothes, and it’s thanks to this anti-cling quality that they also make great scented dusters, which are fantastic at attracting dust from surfaces. So, instead of throwing yours away after a load of laundry, hang on to them to help you keep your house looking neat as a pin.
- Plastic milk carton as a watering can
An empty 2 litre plastic milk carton is a common sight in the recycling bin, but if you punch a few small holes in the lid of your empty milk carton, you can use this as a makeshift watering can for around the garden. It’s easily refilled and already has a handle built in to make watering your plants easy this summer.
- Seedling pots from toilet roll tubes
With some empty toilet roll or kitchen roll tubes and pair of scissors, you can transform your kitchen windowsill by adding biodegradable seedling pots. Instead of recycling your empty cardboard tubes, you can use them to grow herbs for your kitchen windowsill, before transferring them to long term pots.
- Repurpose cans for windowsill flower pots
Empty cans of coffee or tinned fruit can be recycled easily of course, but they can also be transformed into pretty pots for your garden or windowsill. Simply drill a few drainage holes in the bottom, clean and decorate however you please. Another great idea to keep the kids entertained on a rainy day this summer.