How can I reuse or recycle … old hot water bottles?

Hot water bottlesA suggestion (and photo) from Jill:

I have a pile of old hot water bottles lurking in the cupboard beneath the sink in my bedroom. Some have actually leaked, others have simply started to perish – but none of them are fit for their original purpose i.e. to warm my bed!

The trouble is, I just can’t bear to simply throw them away in the bin – it seems such a waste.
I have never seen a recycling centre with any facilities for rubber products.
Any suggestions as to what else I can do with them, as the pile continues to grow !

Ideas then?

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10 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle … old hot water bottles?”

  1. Rosie says:

    Ol rubber bottles blown half way up are wonderful exercise aids… for airplanes… to stop dvt.
    And also for exercise sitting in a chair. Think about it.
    Also stuff and cover and use as foot rests

  2. bev says:

    Depening on how thick the rubber is, you could cut a square out of one of the sides and use it as a grip for opening tight jars or as a non-slip mat under plant pots or that sort of thing.

  3. dancing girl says:

    I have seen one up on a wall in a decorator magazine. It was in an urban minimalist type loft. Kind of used as a modern sculpture. Sorry best I could come up with.

  4. Gulia says:

    Cut out shapes and glue to the bottom of a bath tub.

    Cut out the top, attach handles and use as a bag.

    Fill with tap water and place under a plant. Water will sip out slowly.

    Cut horizontally only one side to make a pocket for storage. Hang on a wall or a door.

  5. Bad Monkey says:

    Fill it with bits of old cloth/foam and make a kneeling pad for gardening.

  6. Shorty says:

    Depending on the type of rubber I’d say puppy teether?

  7. Julie says:

    In the early hours of this morning my trusty old hot water bottle finally succumbed to the ravages of time and developed something of a fatal leak. To spare me the guilt I would undoubtedly feel just throwing it in the bin, I Googled my way to this site for recycling ideas……..and I’m so pleased I did!
    The kneeling pad idea is great. I could have used one yesterday when I was on the floor painting skirting boards. Thanks for this idea. It has reprieved my hwb, given it a new lease of live, and saved it from ending up in the dustbin

  8. Robyn says:

    Not sure if anyone checks this site any more, but here goes.

    The kneeling pad is a great idea. I made it into a cushion for my dad to use on his boat.

    You could also cut a palm sized circle from it. Attach it to an old glove and make a pet hair remover mitt.


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