How can I reuse or recycle pump action bottles?

pump_action_bottle180.jpgWe’ve had an email from Katerina. She’s been busy posting lots of useful comments around the site lately – including on the pump action spray page – but she’s got a suggestion that’s just a little different from that:

My boyfriend has an eczema and he uses a lot of emollient, creams and liquid soap that comes in pump dispensers, some specialised emollients come from pharmacist in VERY big bottles with pumps. As you can imagine – he goes through a lot of them, and I think of the ways to re-use them.

I keep dreaming of how good would it be to be able to have stations in pharmacies and supermarkets to re-fill your pump dispensers (but obviously – this is too much to ask for).

The two organic shops near us allow you to refill Ecover pump bottles in store with more of the liquid soap/washing-up liquid – but I don’t know if you’d be able to refill other random bottles.

So any other suggestions?

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10 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle pump action bottles?”

  1. We decant plant food into pump action bottles and use them to measure out plant food into a watering can. It’s dead easy to calibrate.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Most places that sell soaps/cleaning products in bulk will let you do it with whatever containers you have.

    Pump bottles are also really useful for dish soap.

  3. Megan says:

    They could also be useful for home-made cleaning solutions. Or salad dressing! Rinse them out well and you’ve got a much improved salad dressing or condiment pump.

  4. Katerina says:

    Thanks Megan! this is great – I can see my salad dressings and mayo and ketchup migrating to the smaller bottles!

  5. Gulia says:

    Fill it with paint that is not too thick, and then pouring it out on a surface while making an art project or painting will cause no mess.
    You’ll have to lean a bottle a bit.

  6. Gulia says:

    Try to use it to replenish oil in a car. Small portions and small spout will let you to do it neat and precise.

  7. Medeea says:

    Well, the obvious: liquid soap.
    I have a large 1 lt bottle with dispenser that sits in the shower, for the shower gel. Saves a lot of time, not having to maneuver the bottles.
    Another one (250 ml) holds olive oil, and I use it after shower.

    I think they could be handy for anything with cosmetic use: after shave, face wash, make up remover etc.

  8. Janet says:

    Does anyone have or know where I can get a Foam soap dispenser, if you have one and would like to find a new home for it I will pay postage.

    I am in england

    • scaussie says:

      Hi Janet,

      my 3yo dd got one in the kids section at the chemist, think it was a Dora the Explorer one and cost about £1.

      We keep filling it with 1/4 liquid soap and 3/4 water and this is what she uses to clean her hands. Less waste and means I don’t have to fork out a fortune while she is learning less is more lol

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