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Did you know, often times, those small glass bottles and jars might not actually make it all the way to a recycling facility? Many times, these small items will get screened out or caught in the disposal stream at a sorting facility. This automated process can sometimes miss small items like lipstick tubes or other small items, which then get thrown into the trash... and back into a landfill
So we're rounding up 5 ways to reuse or repurpose some of those small beauty product packages today.
The Best Way To Remove Labels
Before we dive in, we wanted to share an all natural solution to removing those stubborn labels and all that sticky residue. Remove as much of the label as possible. You can soak it in warm water to help ease this process. With the remaining residue, add a drop or two of all-natural lemon essential oil, and rub off the residue with a paper towel or cotton pad. Trust us, it works wonders, and your bottles will smell amazing!
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1. Spritz your indoor plants
2. Use small glass jars around the kitchen
Use those body butter jars or face mask jars to hold various spices and salts in the kitchen. Just give those jars a good wash, remove the labels, and store just about anything with these cute jars. From small snacks like trail mix, to office supplies like rubberbands, thumb tacks and paper clips, you can find just about anything to store in these handy jars.
3. Use them to hold fresh cut flowers
Place a flower or two in those larger glass bottles or perfume bottles. Fresh cut flowers last longer when there are only one or two flowers per jar. Place it somewhere like your bathroom counter. You'd be surprised with how a simple single flower can brighten up an ordinary space.
4. Make your own lash-lengthening treatment
Even mascara tubes can be reused. First be sure to wash out your mascara tubes and brush thoroughly with warm soapy water. You might also need to add a few drops of rubbing alcohol. Be sure to wash the tubes so clean that it's spotless. Once cleaned, add some organic, cold-pressed castor oil for your own DIY lash lengthening treatment. If you have vitamin E capsules, open one up, and add that into the mix as well. Be sure to do a patch test on yourself first.
5. Make your own oil diffuser
Reuse glass bottles from body oils or cleansers as a reed diffuser... or twig diffuser. Simply take dried twigs (or buy special reeds), fill the bottles with warm water, add a few drops of your favorite essential oils, and place the twigs in the bottle. The dried twigs will naturally draw liquid upwards, as this is their natural function in a tree. The scent will gradually disperse throughout the next day or two.
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