Lunch Box Hack! Recycle Water Enhancer - Lunch box hackI’ve posted a picture of this on flickr and Pinterest before, but thought that I would post this recycle idea to the blog since people have taken my picture and posted it everywhere with this lunch box hack.

recycled mio bottle

One day, my daughter came home and said her salad dressing container had leaked in her lunch bag. Yuck! I hate when that happens. I didn’t want to buy another small container and add to our already cluttered cabinets. And then it struck me. What about an empty Mio bottle (water enhancer)? It’s small enough to fit into her lunch box and is obviously leak proof.

Here are the simple steps…

Water enhancer bottles

Cut the plastic label off.

Open mio bottle

Pop off the top and rinse the bottle out.

Make sure you wash it out really well or whatever you put inside will have a juice flavor.

*Picture of different water enhancer bottles. You can recycle any of these bottles.*


For thin liquids, like soy sauce or pancake syrup, you can just poor it into the bottle.

If you have a thicker liquid, use a small funnel or Ziploc bag with the tip cut off.

In the picture is Ranch Dressing.

Lunch box hack

Then just squeeze your liquid into the bottle and snap the cover back on. Don’t forget to label it and put an expiration date of the item you are putting in it.

**For Cesar or Italian dressing, the small bits floating around in it may clog the opening. It general works, but I did notice that I had to squeeze extra hard when that happened.**

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  1. What a great way to up cycle! We don’t use those things but I always love seeing people reusing instead of throwing away! 😀

  2. This is a great idea, but I haven’t ever even bought those little water enhancers!! LOL
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  3. This is a great idea! I’ll have to keep this in mind in the future if I ever need to start packing lunches! I suppose it could also work for trip out on the boat, etc to save bringing a gigantic bottle!

    1. Yes, I definitely think it would work in any situation where you didn’t want to carry large bottles. You got me thinking…maybe I should try some shampoo for those short weekend trips so I don’t have to buy those mini shampoo bottles.