…Then It Dawned On Me

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You guys know I love me a restaurant supply store for my kitchen supplies, right?  I also love finding offbeat uses for stuff I find there.  FUN!

I also am a frequent shopper at Costco and Sam’s.  Shopping at these establishments has saved us untold green backs over the years, but has also presented interesting storage dilemmas.  Buying in bulk means oversized packaging.

Recently my two loves collided.

Costco had a sale on Dawn liquid dishwashing soap.  Green Apple is my absolute fav.  Of course, the bottle is ginormous and nobody wants to keep picking up and putting down that monstrosity.

...Then It Dawned On Me

What to do?  What to do?

I searched through my kitchen paraphernalia in hopes of finding a lightweight, yet functional alternative to the wrist-busting bottle.

Luckily for me, I had recently been to the restaurant supply store.

I filled a clear squeeze bottle with Dawn and BAMMO! problem solved.

...Then It Dawned On Me

Truthfully, this was simply meant as a temporary fix until I could find something a bit more suitable, but as we used the squeeze bottle we found that we. loved. the. squeeze. bottle.

It was incredibly lightweight, the tiny opening allowed us to easily regulate how much soap we were using (Dawn in concentrated, so a dab will do ya) and it was FUN!

Here’s the size difference:

...Then It Dawned On Me

Big difference.

Two things I learned from this pic.

#1) I need to clean that spot off the tile (I think it’s spaghetti sauce) behind the Dawn.

#2) It may be a few years before I have to replace my dishwashing liquid, because we’ve been using that squeeze bottle for about three weeks and that’s all we’ve managed to use, plus there’s another ginormous bottle under the sink.

Two huge bottles?!  It was a good sale.

Back to the squeezebottles: wanna know just how amazing they are?

I switched my face cleansing concoction to one and put it in the shower.

...Then It Dawned On Me


The small opening is perfect for both applications and allows negligible evaporation.  There are caps available for these bottles, but I find them tedious.


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  1. Great idea! I love clever & unexpected uses for things!


  2. Yep those same thoughts go through my head with some of the products I buy at Costco…There are just some I can’t justify, cause I may have them for YEARS! 😉 I love this idea and would totally use it for lots of things.

    • This method, while I thought temporary, is working so well we’re keeping it. The giant container is under the sink. Will take forever to use all of it, but I keep thinking about all that green I’m saving!

  3. Great idea! I bought a ginormous container of laundry detergent that breaks my arm every time I pick it up. Need to get a bottle like yours (or something similar) for that, too.

  4. Maple Sugar says

    Popping over from What to Do Weekends link party. What a great solution to a problem that many of us have that shop at the big box stores. Thanks for sharing!

  5. What a great idea! So simple yet effective! I would love if you linked this up to Totally Terrific Tuesday! Thanks for sharing.


  6. i have used those bottles for my dawn soap for years. also keep one beside it with clorax to disinfect my dishes, cutting boards and counter tops and sink. works great.

  7. Duhhhhhh, why didn’t I think of that? t would love for you to share this brilliant post at our WIW party. Hope you can join us!


  8. It is a great idea! Also helps you feel like you are getting the most for your money!

  9. I do the same and found even larger bottles at Gordon Foods. I put mine in a touchless dispenser. But before I got that I used old wine bottles with a pour spout on top. That work nicely and holds more. I do like the idea that this is plastic though.

  10. Patti, I kid you not — just recently I was thinking I needed to find some squeeze bottles. I can’t even remember what it was that I was going to put in it. I think it was cooking oil. I would love to buy the really big jugs of it but they are too big to be manageable for me in the kitchen. I love your uses for them and so did our blog hop friends. Your post was one of the most viewed and will be featured this week. Congrats! Pinning this to my “tips” board right now. 🙂

    • Lol! Those bottles are fabulous! The one in my kitchen makes me happy every time I use it. So green! So light! So easy to regulate! Thanks for the feature and pin, Sinea!

  11. Great idea! Thanks so much for linking up at the Totally Terrific Tuesday Link Party last week. Please come back again this week…we’d love to know what you’ve been up to. The party starts at 10pm. I hope to see you there!

  12. Great idea! Pinning to save!

  13. Yay for giant size dish soap and squeezy bottles! I looooove having “enough” of something….which usually means way more than I could use in a year. I was raised by children of the Depression, so we all hoard and ration out things! 😀 My sweet Daddy gets kind of panicky if he runs out of something…anything…and I can hear him mutter to himself, “I bet I have some _____ tomorrow!” And then, sure enough, tomorrow comes with a boat load of hand soap or toilet paper or sen-sen or whatever it was. 😉 The other day, I found that I was down to my last cereal bowl, and IT was dirty and, sure enough, here came The Declaration: “I bet I have some cereal bowls tomorrow!” Goodwill has NO cereal bowls left. Don’t even go look.

    • LOL! I grew up in a family of five siblings and there was always some want, so I get your dad’s (and you) hoarding instincts. Nothing wrong with that, right? RIGHT?! Thanks for the laugh.

  14. What a neat idea! I love finding new uses for things! Thanks for sharing!


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