I’m always saving things. It drives The Daddy crazy, but at least now I have a closet that houses everything and keeps it out of the way!
One of the things I just can’t bear to throw away are those big yogurt containers. They seem just perfect for holding “stuff,” especially since they come with a lid! I have 8 of them that house beads, paint brushes, etc., but I also have about 6 of them stored and waiting to be used. Just the other day came up with a good use for one of them, and I wanted to share.
Cleaning the gravel of our fish tank! The usual stainer I have used to let some gravel slip through and get in the sink, and I’d have to try to dig it out of the drain. Buy using the yogurt container, I was able to make the holes on the bottom any size I wanted, and I didn’t have any loose gravel at all.
All it took was a pair of scissors, and I was in business. Five crisscross cuts later, the gravel went in, got rinsed, and then it got dumped back into the tank. Best of all, I don’t have to take up space storing a strainer just for the fish tank, and I no longer have to worry that someone will use the wrong strainer for our food.
I’ve also used this same idea for straining the liquid from canned black beans and other things like syrupy fruit for baking. It tends to help keep the water pressure from bruising or breaking the food as it presses against the mesh and makes rinsing much easier/gentler