If your kiddos use the Firefly Flouride Anticavity Rinse with the character head pump bottle -- do NOT throw this away when empty. I can't believe I'm going to say this, but don't even put it in the recycle bin. Unlike many single-use pump items, this bottle is so easy to reuse. The character head pump just screws off and you can wash out the inside and prepare it for reuse.
To start, I peeled off the labels and then saturated the bottle with some Goof Off to loosen up the stickers. I filled the bottle itself with hot, hot water to loosen the adhesive from the back too. After a bit of scraping, all of the stickiness was gone.
And, voila! An upcycled hand sanitizer pump ready for playdates, classroom, or anywhere kids hang out. The pump stick is so side it would also work well for lotion, hand soap, paint, or any other thick liquids kids use. As we all know, characters make using any product more fun.
A few words of caution:
1) Obviously, you want to remove the rinse cup that comes with the original bottle so nobody gets confused and thinks its mouthwash (I actually came up with this upcycle idea when a house guest saw the flouride rinse in the bathroom and assumed it was hand soap and was confused why his hands were so sticky).
2) Don't use the same color soap as whatever mouthwash your kiddos use (unlike I did). My eight-year-old is old enough to know which dispenser is soap and which is fluoride rinse, and we keep one pump in the bathroom and the other on the kitchen counter, but for an extra layer of caution be sure to very different colors.
Original bottle looks like this in-store. The product retails for about $3.
Enjoy! #reuse #recycle #upcycle #loveMamaEarth