This one dollar water bottle hack will save you from finding half-empty water bottles all over the house!
Finding empty water bottles all over your house? Everyone claims the empty bottles are “not mine” but SOMEONE had to open these waters! Save yourself the sanity- and the cash- of constantly throwing away water bottles because you don’t know who drank out of it!
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“Whose water bottles are these?”
The battle cry of every mom as she walks around the house picking up half-empty water bottles from the floor, under beds, and on dressers.
Tired of throwing away money (and patience) on mystery water bottles, I came up with this little hack- using an item from Dollar Tree- to avoid the “NOT MINE” epidemic of empty water bottles.
And here it is:
From the dollar store.
But the real trick is that I write out the names (or initials) on the labels and place the pack next to the stock of water bottles. That way, when someone grabs a water, he/she can grab a sticky label with their name and slap it right on top (because you know the extra step of writing their name on the label first would ensure it never gets labeled).
This would also work with soda bottles, iced tea, or any other disposable bottles you use in your house- or at soccer practice!
Now no one can say “not mine” when the bottle is clearly labeled.
Less mess, less waste, and less stress!
Now before you say it- I know what you are thinking.
No, we do not rely on plastic disposable water bottles as the only means of drink in our house.
Our municipal water recommendation is not to drink without boiling so we do have water bottles in the house. And yes, we recycle!
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Alternatives to disposable plastic water bottles
- Water filter– As I mentioned above, using a water filter when necessary can eliminate the need for disposable water bottles. You can get a pitcher for your fridge like I use or one that attaches directly to the faucet like this. If you only need one faucet filtered, there is also an under-the-sink option.
- House filter– You can attach a house filter right on the water line to filter as the water comes into the house. This may require a plumber if you aren’t very familiar with water lines. This should ensure all the faucets are giving filtered water. They range in price and I always recommend consulting a professional when making these types of changes.
- Reusable bottles– When you are comfortable with the quality of the water you are drinking, using a refillable bottle is a great way to have your water on the go (or at least in a container the kids won’t spill or break!). I love Yeti and Hyrdoflask for my kids because I am comfortable that they are lead-free options. They may be a little pricier but they last forever (or almost forever!) and they have proven super durable.
This is a great hack to use for parties and sporting events!
Simple and effective!