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5 Things To Do with Spray Bottles

Need to spritz up your homestead? Save your spray bottles to sooth your plants, get rid of garden pests and keep your clothes looking like new.

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Want to be more eco-friendly? Fill your old plastic spray bottles with your all-natural, homemade cleaning solutions.

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Clean Your Car

Be sure to include a recycled spray bottle filled with windshield cleaner in the boot of your car as part of your roadside emergency kit. Use it to clean off your car’s headlights, mirrors and windows whenever needed. In cold areas during winter months, mix in ½ teaspoon of antifreeze and you can spray it on to melt the ice on your windshield or mirrors.

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Mist Your House Plants

Keep your house plants healthy and happy by using an empty trigger-type spray bottle as a plant mister. Clean the bottle by filling it with equal parts water and vinegar-don’t use liquid soap, as you may not be able to get it all out-and let the solution sit for an hour before rinsing it out thoroughly with cold water. Repeat if necessary. Then fill the bottle with lukewarm water and use it to give your plants a frequent, soothing, misty shower.

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Help With the Laundry

An empty spray bottle can always be put to good use around your laundry. Use clean, recycled bottles to spray water on your clothes as you’re ironing. Or fill a spray bottle with stain-remover solution so that you can apply it to your garments without having to blot up drips.

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Cool Down

Whether you’re jogging around the park, taking a breather between volleyball matches or just sitting out in the sun, a recycled spray bottle filled with water can make a great summer companion. Use it to cool off during and after your workouts or while simmering on the beach.

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Rid Your Garden of Pests

Keep a few recycled spray bottles on hand for various uses around the garden.

* Fill one with undiluted white vinegar to get rid of the weeds and grass poking out of the cracks in your concrete, as well as ants and other insects-but be careful not to spray it on your plants; the high level of acidity could kill them.

* For an effective homemade insecticide recipe-which works on most soft-bodied pests-that won’t harm your plants, mix several cloves of crushed garlic, ¼ cup of canola oil, 3 tablespoons of hot pepper sauce and ½ teaspoon of mild liquid soap in 4 litres of water. Pour some into your spray bottle and then shake well before using.

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