I admit it. There is too much trash in this house. We fill a trash can at least daily and I know we can do better! We have a recycling program in our neighborhood and, though I do use it, I am never sure if everything that is in the bin can really be recycled! I know the basics are OK, water bottles, shampoo bottles and so on. But I did not realize that things like those handy pumps on your favorite Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies products are not recyclable in my bin. In fact, I am surprised that even some plastics are not recyclable. So I want to find other uses for those used shampoo, lotion and datangler spray bottles that often get tossed after one use. By using them as something fun for the kids, I also drive home the message that recycling is fun. It shows them that some items that are intended for one use can also be reused for other ones! So while they pump Homemade Bath Paint out of their old shampoo bottle, or spray it for a cool affect out of the detangler bottle, the message can be seen and not just heard! I am getting a lot of tips on what can and can not be recycled and how to reuse items through the Care To Recycle® program that Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies has created!
‘We created the Care To Recycle® program as a gentle reminder to recycle your personal care items in the bathroom.’
I can not tell you how many times I have thrown away perfectly good bottles that I now wish I had kept. But what bothers me even more is knowing that those reliable pumps that we love so much for convenience for our kids are not even recyclable. So being able to reuse both for fun purposes makes me much happier! Recycling no longer needs to be viewed as just another household chore; showing your kids how to recycle can be one of life’s little teachable moments that can have a lasting impact.
Making homemade bath paint is so easy but we run out of it quickly because I only make enough for the day because I don’t have a non-messy container to store it in. So using my Johnson and Johnson baby wash bottles with a pump makes sense for solving these issues and giving me a cleaner way to supply paint to the kids. Now, before you say anything, yes.. I do still use baby shampoos and body washes on my kids. I trust Johnson and Johnson, know there are no harsh chemicals and know that they really clean my elementary school aged kids. If it works, why change it?
Making Homemade Bath Paint is so easy.
- ¼ cup shampoo/ or hand soap/ or body wash
- ¼ cup corn starch
- 1-2 tablespoons of water
- 3-4 drops food coloring - add more for a darker color and less for a lighter one
- plastic bags
- Recycled pump bottle or spray bottle
- In a plastic bag, combine the cornstarch, shampoo, and food coloring. Add water ½ a tablespoon at a time until the mixture is thick enough to stick to the paint brush without much dripping, but thin enough to paint a line. I squish it around in the bag to get an idea. If it gets too runny, add more cornstarch, too thick, add more water. For the spray bottle, you will need more the mixture to be thinner. Cut the corner of the baggie and let the paint fill up the bottle. Pump a few times and paint will start to come out!
Put the pumps back on and you have a recycled bottle holding bath paint that your kids love that won’t dry out! Pretty cool, right?
‘Care To Recycle® seeks to break down barriers commonly associated with recycling in the bathroom by showing that recycling in the bathroom can be easy and fun!’
Some other items, like floss containers, toothpaste tubes and #5 plastic (PP or polypropylene) are generally not accepted at recycling plants. But, everything from shampoo and mouthwash bottles to soap and bandage boxes can be recycled. To better understand which bathroom products can and cannot be recycled, visit the Care To Recycle® website!
Getting your kids involved in recycling in the bathroom and anywhere else in your house can be so fun! In fact, a 2016 consumer survey on in-home recycling habits, conducted in partnership with Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., shows that 60% of parents would be more likely to discuss recycling with their children if it was an activity they could do together and they had more creative, engaging ways to explain the impact of recycling. Creating fun things for kids to use and really see as a recycling item makes it fun and drives the message home!
What items do you have in your bathroom that you will now be recycling? I would love to hear your idea!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.