10 ideas to get the best out of bathroom waste

Upcycle and reuse stuff that you simply throw

ideas for best out of waste

After the kitchen, the bathroom is the next area in your house that is filled with things that can be reused. Right from the empty shampoo bottles to the cardboard tubes from toilet rolls, among other such things from your bathroom end up in the bins – mostly due to lack of awareness on ways of reusing. Reusing them doesn’t just help you save some money, it also helps you reduce the amount of waste you put out, and thereby protect the environment.

Listed below are 5 everyday items used in the bathrooms that are great ideas for best out of waste and can be given new life through creative repurposing:

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  1. DIY phone caddy from recycled shampoo/ lotion bottles: A phone caddy is something all of us could do with – it takes away the woes of identifying a place to keep the phone when it’s plugged for charging. What better way than to have a simple DIY one. Get hold of your old shampoo or lotion bottle that would have otherwise made it to the trash can, cut it in shape, cover it up with a pretty fabric or paint on it and Ta da! you have just fixed yourself a super useful thing from waste. For detailed step by step instructions, click here.

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2. Make DIY Cord holder from cardboard tubes of toilet papers: Cords are easily entangled and keeping them organised is a task in itself. This DIY cord holder is made from something we rarely end up giving thought to prior to chucking – empty cardboard tubes from toilet rolls. You could even combine two together to get longer tubes, decorate them with washi tape, or if creativity is your thing, paint it and label them. Roll up all your cords neatly and put one in each tube. For a more detailed instruction click here.

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3. Give new life to the old soap dish: Most of us have bath sets which include the soap dish, the toothbrush holder, soap dispenser etc. A single piece breaking usually means that the whole set ends up in the dustbin, or collects dust in a corner. Here’s how you can keep them from ending up in landfills the next time. Use the soap dish from your favourite set on your bedside to keep rings and ear studs. This way, not only do you give the soap dish new life, you don’t misplace your jewellery or other knick knacks again.

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4. Give a breath of fresh air to those old toothbrush holders: Use the toothbrush holder from the above set to transform it into a gorgeous flower vase. The holes in the toothbrush holder can be easily used to plug in the stems of flowers. Alternatively, you could use it to keep make up brushes on your dresser. It is one of the great products you can make from waste material things.

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5. Transform an old sink into a planter: Porcelain plant holders are low maintenance and great for the environment when they don’t end up clogging landfills. Porcelain doesn’t get mould and is easy to wash and keep clean too. So the next time you plan to change that old sink, give it new life instead as a plant holder :).

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6. Reuse old toothbrush: Old toothbrushes are the one thing most of us end up reusing but here’s how you could use it, incase you still haven’t: use it for your make up routine – as an eyebrow brush, for colouring your hair, for cleaning small pieces of jewellery, cleaning tools, bathroom areas etc.

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7. Repurpose those old shower curtains in multiple ways: Shower curtains come in gorgeous prints and so when you are done using them as curtains, instead of throwing them, use them to cover up a table that the kids can use for their arts and crafts. You could cut them out and stitch them into cushion covers for the outdoor area – nothing like water proof covers, or even as a water proof apron.

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8. Transform those old faucets into pretty towel hooks: Old faucets make for gorgeous hooks. So the next time you have some spare ones, just paint them in a colour of your choice, and get them hammered onto a ply by your local carpenter Your chic bathroom towel holder is ready. For a more detailed step by step instruction, please click here.b729433e2bb30942fff5e35be700098c1519936d

9. DIY plant holders from old buckets: Old buckets can be repurposed as pretty planters. All you need to do is get a an old jute sack or material from the market and cover the entire bucket with it and tie a rope to finish. Now go ahead and plant your favourite flower in this. 

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10. Face cream jars make for pretty keepers too: Face cream jars made from plastic or glass make for pretty keepers for all things small. All you need to do is clean your jar well, get hold of a toy or any other such and glue it to the centre of your jar cap. Spray paint the entire jar, including the cap and let it dry. Once done, use the jar as per need. 

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There are multiple more uses for the things mentioned above. If you do know some more and have been reusing any other bathroom items, please do let us know, we’d love to hear.

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