17 Ways To Repurpose Prescription Pill Bottles


Over the years different illnesses and medical conditions in our home have left us with a cupboard full of empty UNRECYCLABLE prescription bottles.  Its not just pill bottles that can be used, the PopTop containers from your Medical Marijuana can be repurposed as well in these creative ways. 

Since our recycling center doesn’t accept this kind of plastic and our pharmacy doesn’t recycle or reuse them either, I decided to do some research and figure out ways I could repurpose them into other useful objects.

I’ve compiled a list for you (and me) below:


Mini Survival Kit

Keep matches and other necessities dry while you brave the wild: camping, boating, or just for a day at the beach.


Mini “Car Kit”

These bottles fit perfectly inside your car’s glove compartment or door cubby, and they’re great for storing change or small amounts of cash for garage parking, toll fare, or the Laundromat.


Mini First Aid Kit

Keep an emergency first-aid kit in your handbag or the glove box of your car “just in case.” Include things like band-Aids, Q-tips, alcohol swabs, packets of antibiotic ointment, etc.


Ear Buds Holder

Prescription bottles work great for small cords and ear buds. Easier to find them in your purse too!


Flosser Holder

I don’t know about you, but I find myself flossing in the car more than any other place! Thanks to these little individual flossers. This is the perfect little holder for them


Emergency Snacks

These bottles make a handy little storage container for just enough Skittles or M & M’s to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Caution: Putting candy in a prescription bottle can confuse a child. Please be careful about where you place these reused prescription bottles and your real ones. Children can’t tell the difference between one and the other.


Mini “Sharps” Container

Store used lancets, blood test strips, until they can be disposed of. They are much cheaper than the sharps containers sold at the drug counters; are more compact; easier to store; and easier to dispose of.


NON-Prescription Pill Bottles

Sometimes I buy pain relief, vitamins, etc. in those big bottles from Costco, so I like to fill up a couple empty prescription bottles of these things to keep in a couple of locations. I also keep one in my toiletry bag I take on trips.


Miniature Portable Sewing Kit

Prescription bottles are just the right size and shape for a sewing needle, a small spool or two, a few straight pins, and a few plain buttons. Have one in the car, purse or office drawer. If a button comes loose or a hem unravels the kit is handy and the pins are tucked safely inside where no one can get pricked when not in use.


Seed Keeper

Collect the seeds at the end of the growing season and store them neatly in small pill bottles. Come spring, you’ll be all ready to get your new garden started.


Make Mini Ice Packs

Just fill them with water and freeze. These are perfect for packed lunches.


Cat Toy

Placing a small bell inside makes a great little play toy. The bottle rolls around and is light enough not to cause harm to the kitten, cat or furniture it might be rolled into.


Toothpick Holder

Drill a quarter inch hole in the cap, fill with toothpicks, and keep in your purse or car.


Condiment Containers

Line old prescription bottles with inexpensive baggies and use them for condiment containers for bagged lunches. Lined, they’re great for mayo, granola for yogurt, salad dressings, croutons for soup/salad, etc.


Drawer & Closet Sachets

Drill holes in the bottom and the top of the pill bottles. Add a slice or two of scented soap. Put the cap on and place in a drawer to keep clothes smelling fresh without risking stains on your clothes.


Portable Perfume

If you wear perfume and don’t want to bring the whole bottle with you in your purse but like to freshen up at midday, try this:  soak a cotton ball or two with your favorite cologne or perfume, place them inside a small bottle and close with the cap. By midday the cotton ball will still be wet and can be dabbed to the areas you spritz with perfume.

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