Written by contributor Emily McClements.
After Stacy’s post last week about reusing and repurposing tin cans, I wanted to follow up with some ideas and inspiration for one of my favorite things to reuse around my home — glass jars.
The great thing about glass jars is that you can get them basically for free, if you keep all the jars your food comes in. Spaghetti sauce, salsa, pickles, and condiment jars can all be kept and repurposed for all kinds of different uses around your house.
I also love to find glass jars at garage sales and thrift shops. I have found brand new canning jars for as cheap as ten cents per jar, as well other great glass storage containers. I rarely pass up an opportunity to snag a glass jar or container for a good price, because I know I will be able to find a use for it somewhere around my house.
Here are eight of my favorite ways to repurpose and reuse glass jars:
1. Storing Bulk Foods
I buy a lot of food in bulk, and it doesn’t make sense to keep all those bulk packages in my kitchen, so I have lots of glass storage jars that I use to keep pantry staples in, and then refill as needed. I also love the way glass jars look lined up in my cupboard!
Oh, what can’t you organize with glass jars? If you need a home for craft supplies, small toys, or even hardware, you can use glass jars to organize in every room of your house! For more inspiration, you can find so many ideas on Pinterest for organizing using glass jars.
3. Drinking glasses
Mason jars are so cute, and fun, to drink out of. A few summers ago I actually found the Mason jars that have a handle on the side at a garage sale, and they are my favorite mugs, especially in the summer for cold smoothies and iced coffee!
4. Storing leftovers in the fridge
If you’re trying to reduce the amount of plastic you use in your kitchen, then switching to glass jars for storing leftovers is definitely a great, and frugal, way to start. I have found that jars with wide rims work the best, both for putting leftovers into the jar without making too much of a mess, and for getting them out.
5. Single serving for a blender
I found this idea on Pinterest and think it is so smart. To make a single serving of a smoothie, or other drink, in your blender, without getting the whole blender dirty, you can attach a mason jar to the base of your blender and use it like a Magic Bullet. I do this when my kids can’t agree on a smoothie flavor, so I just make one for each of them, based on their preferences.
6. Storing homemade cleaners, or other homemade products
Glass jars are great for storing some kinds of homemade cleaners like powdered laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, homemade dryer sheets, and more. Basically anything that you don’t need a spray bottle for can be stored in glass jar, just make sure to label them well! I also store some homemade personal care products, and other things like homemade bubbles, in glass jars.
7. Decorating around the house
Just like with organizing, there are infinite ways you can decorate with glass jars all around your house. From a simple vase for fresh cut flowers, to these beautiful lace and twine votive holders, using glass jars is an easy and affordable way to add style and unique decorative touches to your home.
8. Storing Homemade Foods and Drinks
Like with bulk food storage, I also love to store homemade food and drinks in glass jars. Everything from homemade granola, to spice mixes, to sweet tea and iced coffee, get stored in glass jars at our house.
So, the next time you have an empty glass jar, instead of tossing it in the recycling bin, start building up your collection, and begin finding new uses for it all around your house!
Find even more ideas for using glass jars in your kitchen over at Keeper of the Home!
What is your favorite way to repurpose or reuse glass jars in your home?