10 Ways to Reuse Plastic Plant Pots

It’s gardening season, and while just about everything you use to garden goes into the ground, there’s always those pesky little plastic pots that linger afterward. Thankfully they do have an afterlife that doesn’t include just scooping dirt or heading to the landfill. Find out what to do with them after the jump.

This Old House has compiled a great list of 10 ways to reuse plastic plant pots (and they also include the tip to simply return them to the green house!) — here are a few of our favorites:

  • Use As a Strainer to Clean Fruits and Veggies: Place stuff you pick from the garden in clean pots and rinse off dirt with water from your outdoor tap. Let the water drain out the bottom holes before storing your bounty.
  • Lift a Paint Project Off the Ground: Use four or more pots to prop up a cabinet door, piece of trim, or other item you’re painting so that you can reach every nook and cranny.
  • Holiday Ornament Storage: Keep small decorations segregated by enclosing them in seedling trays: Place items in the bottom tray, invert the second tray on top of it, and seal with packing tape.
  • Sift Salt Onto an Icy Spot: Stack two plastic pots, holding them so that there’s an inch or so of space between their bottom surfaces, and fill the top one with rock salt. Shake the pots over the surface of your driveway or walkway. Using two pots prevents the salt from falling through the bottom holes too quickly.

Find out more creative plastic pot uses at This Old House.

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