Heart-to-Heart with Diane

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Which One is My Water Bottle?

"Which one is my water bottle?"

Does anyone say that at your house? Just like a bathroom towel on the floor, nobody will claim an already-opened water bottle, so we were wasting way too much. At this moment, I believe there are at least 8 half-full water bottles rolling around the floor of my van!

Here's an idea that will put a stop to the waste. You've probably got ponytail holders hanging around your house if you have girls. If not, they're pretty cheap to buy, and you can get them with little balls or charms on them to make it even more fun. Buy what you need so each family member has 3 ponytail holders that look just the same. Each child picks a color, or a charm, as his identifier and wraps it around the neck of his water bottle. It's that easy. Now you know whose bottle is whose.

Another idea is to wash out and refill water bottles and keep them in the fridge, with their ponytail holders already on them, so they are ready to grab and go. If you leave the ponytailer holders on them when you wash them, the same child will be getting the same bottle each time (same germs, thank you).

Just trying to make life a little easier, and less costly. . .

Drink it up!



  • At August 8, 2009 at 6:34 AM , Blogger Jen said...

    Or, get each member a stainless-steel or BPA-free hard plastic bottle to use. They come in enough colors and designs that each member can have their own unique bottle. Some of the plastic ones even come with straws and freezer inserts to keep drinks cold. This is what I've done, as the disposable bottles water comes in are not meant to be reused - the plastic can leach chemicals when heated (such as in the wash water).

  • At August 8, 2009 at 9:33 AM , Blogger Kari said...

    Great idea!- It is a huge frustration to have all those 1 swig water bottles that NOBODY has any idea who they belong to.

  • At August 8, 2009 at 5:20 PM , Blogger Jill said...

    That's a great idea, but I also worry about the BPA that leach from plastic. I haven't quite made it to the stainless steel yet.

  • At August 9, 2009 at 12:03 AM , Blogger Denice said...

    what a great idea. going to round up some pony holders right now!

  • At August 11, 2009 at 8:54 PM , Blogger Toni said...

    good idea we have lots of ponytail holders here.and with fall activities starting this can save some headaches-mostly mine{:-)

  • At August 13, 2009 at 4:42 PM , Blogger Carla said...

    Diane, this is a wonderful idea!

  • At August 19, 2009 at 12:50 PM , Blogger Tara said...

    I think that's ingenious.

  • At August 31, 2009 at 1:48 PM , Blogger Sno said...

    We 2 use the hard plastic PBA free ones. Santa brings personal water bottles to the children and things for their 72 hr kits at our home. Also the Camelback ones have straws which are perfect for the toddler and parched nursing mom's who don't want to wear their water at night. Oh and the sick family member your trying to keep hydrated - they don't have to sit up to dink. Our family all use this kind in different colors. The lids are generally the same size as water filter bottoms as well. :)

    I'll defiantly remember the hair thing trick for those occasions we drink from those type of bottles. Thanks!

  • At October 16, 2009 at 2:51 PM , Blogger Polly said...

    Awesome idea!!!


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