Lately it seems I’ve had an obsession with collecting glass jars.
Different shapes, sizes, and varying colors have found their way into various hiding spots in my house. While I’m never exactly sure how I’ll use them, I don’t want to get rid of them just yet.
I sat down last night and compiled a list of all the ways I can upcycle the jars. One jar went to this Homemade Rose & Oatmeal Bath Soak. Others were cleaned and put away in our basement for later use.
Of all the jars, spice jars are the easiest to reuse. They are the perfect small size and come with built-in tops that can act as strainers, filters, or a top to allow aroma to escape. You can also reuse them a number of times.
For me, reusing is always a better option than throwing away. That might mean that I end up storing things for a short time, but it also means that I have lots of DIY supplies at my disposal. It’s a win win!
I’ll share with you some of my favorite ways to reuse spice jars and I’d love to hear any extra ways you have to reuse them in the comments below!
Reuse Spice Jars: 3 Creative Ideas
1. DIY Carpet Deodorizer
Making your own DIY carpet deodorizer is so easy. It’s also a more natural alternative to using chemical carpet deodorizers that you can buy at the grocery store.
Most spice jars have about a 2-ounce capacity and come with fitted lids with holes. This makes them excellent as a shaker for DIY carpet deodorizers. My DIY carpet deodorizer recipe is super simple:
- Fill a spice container ¾ full with baking soda.
- Add 10-15 drops of essential oils. (I like lavender, tea tree, juniper, sweet orange, Siberian fir, or cedarwood essential oils.)
- Place the shaker cap and top back on the container.
- Shake well to disperse the essential oils.
- Shake a small amount evenly over carpet before vacuuming.
- Allow to sit for about 5 minutes.
- Vacuum completely.
2. Small Batch Infused Oils
Infusing oils has also become a small obsession for me lately. I’m always wanting to try new combinations of oils and herbs to infuse. In the summer I wrote about How to Grow, Dry & Use Lavender for Home & Beauty. I’ve also written about how to make a Homemade Vanilla Infused Oil.
Both of those recipes can be made in smaller versions in glass spice jars! It’s the perfect way to learn in small batches. That way, if you make a mistake or if your infused oil doesn’t turn out the way you want, you will have only used a small amount of oil and herbs. Plus, many DIY recipes call for just a small amount of infused oils.
3. DIY Air Fresheners
Making a DIY air freshener is also very easy and easily customized to your scent preferences.
I really like to reuse spice jars for DIY air fresheners because they are indiscreet, neutral, and show off any pretty herbs.
Often I make my DIY air freshener with just baking soda and essential oils. I combine 1.5 ounces of baking soda with 10-20 drops of essential oils. I cap and shake them to disperse the essential oils. Then I place them in the bedroom, closet, or living room and uncap when I want to use them.
A prettier version of this DIY air freshener is my DIY Cedarwood and Rose Air Freshener using dried rose petals.
- 2-3 teaspoons of dried rose petals (find them here)
- 4 teaspoons baking soda
- cedarwood essential oil (find it here)
- geranium (or rose absolute) essential oil (find it here)
- Measure baking soda in a small dish.
- Add 8 drops of cedarwood essential oil and 1 drop of geranium (or rose absolute) essential oil to the baking soda and stir to combine.
- In a spice jar, alternate rose petals and baking soda until the jar is full.
- Replace the shaker cap and the top.
- Use as needed to freshen rooms and/or closets.
Those are my three favorite ways to reuse spice jars. However, as I was brainstorming this post, I thought of a couple to add to the list:
- Use as eco-friendly gift packaging for homemade bath soaks, dried herbs, and other concoctions you are giving away.
- They make perfect containers for homemade spice blends like this Apple Pie Spice Recipe and this Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe.
- Use as mini food storage containers for small amounts of leftovers (or dressings!).
- Store small keepsakes and/or jewelry in them.
Can you add anything to my list?