Create a Lamp Out of a Detergent Bottle

Create a Lamp Out of a Detergent Bottle

Joelle Alcaidinho
Mar 16, 2010

Coming from the same great source as the neat Coffee Can Lamp, ReadyMade, this project uses a detergent bottle to create a lamp. Since it is the month where we are focusing on all things home appliance we thought that this was the perfect time to share this project made from the upcycling of a common object found in laundry rooms everywhere.

Using an empty detergent container, bottom-switch lamp socket, lamp cord, quick wire plug and some nuts and bolts, Mark Robohm, has upcycled a detergent bottle into a fun and unique lighting fixture. As a bonus because the lamp is made from an old detergent container, it also serves to deodorize the room.

To transform your detergent bottle into a light fixture you will need (in addition to the detergent bottle of course), bottom-switch lamp socket, lamp cord, quick wire plug, light bulb (no more than 25 watts), nuts, washers, and bolts. The tools required for this project are a drill, Phillips head screwdriver, wire strippers, wrench that fits 5/16" nuts, and an X-acto knife (with fresh blade). The estimated total cost for the materials for this project is $10.

We love the pop art factor of the lamp and that this lamp can also double as a room deodorizer. Lighting and fresh scents from one device made for the low cost of $10? What a great inexpensive gift for the new college dorm dweller!

For the complete instructions check out Bright Whites Big City. Should you decide to not go the DIY route, you can purchase your own Cleanlamp for $50.

[images Andrew Nagata]

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