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Old 03-27-2012, 12:02 PM
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i'm not a big soda drinker, nor is anyone else in my house. we don't buy many bottled beverages at all, we're lucky to get one 2 liter bottle of pink lemonade per year. i've been reading around and noticing lots of you use 2 liter soda bottles for storing certain foods and water in, sounds like a pretty good idea to me, might as well try it. only problem, i have no 2 liter bottles.

i've been looking around on bulk plastic bottle sites for 2 liter bottles, but have been unable to find any. does anyone know of any good sites out there that offer 2 liter bottles in new, un-used condition preferably?

i'm not looking to stake out the local grocery store bottle return machine for hours on end, or beg people for their used bottles because i don't know what they've used them for, or who's diseased mouths they've come into contact with. i'm a bit of a germophobe...

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i'm not a big soda drinker, nor is anyone else in my house. we don't buy many bottled beverages at all, we're lucky to get one 2 liter bottle of pink lemonade per year. i've been reading around and noticing lots of you use 2 liter soda bottles for storing certain foods and water in, sounds like a pretty good idea to me, might as well try it. only problem, i have no 2 liter bottles.

i've been looking around on bulk plastic bottle sites for 2 liter bottles, but have been unable to find any. does anyone know of any good sites out there that offer 2 liter bottles in new, un-used condition preferably?

i'm not looking to stake out the local grocery store bottle return machine for hours on end, or beg people for their used bottles because i don't know what they've used them for, or who's diseased mouths they've come into contact with. i'm a bit of a germophobe...

thanks!
Before I store anything in plastic bottles I sterilize them with iodine before using. That should reduce to chance of bacteria from forming before adding my storage goods!
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Know anyone who does drink sodas (neighbors, coworkers)? Ask them for their empty bottles. Come up with a simple reason (mini garden, child/niece/nephew/cousin's science project, ant farms, terrariums, trotline floats, ect), and don't ask for a bunch cause the end of the world is near. A few here and there and it tends to stay off everyone's radar.
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My son is a pepsiaholic, he goes through a dozen or more every 2 weeks.

Right now, since i've been getting him to save then i've got over 150 2 liter bottles of water that are being stacked in a corner but i'm thinking about moving them to a closet.

I've thought about storing some rice in some to see how that works since i've seen some posts on here about it.
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I use 2 liter bottles for rice and water. The one gallon tea or juice jugs with the bigger opening works well with beans. 16 or 20 oz. water bottles work great for rice and instant potatoes while camping or hiking.
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If you're going to buy the 2 liter bottles just for storage, you might as well do it right and buy mylar bags instead. The folks using the bottles are just finding a use for them rather than throwing them out. But the plastic the bottles are made from are not as gas impermeable as mylar. So for the same price, you could use mylar instead.

I use 3 liter bottles for short term storage of foods. 2-3 years max. They fit nicely in my cupboard, and the 3 liter bottles have larger openings so they're easier to fill. They also don't glug when you pour the soda.
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One or two a week -- wash them out - peal the label off -- fill with water - into the plastic milk crate - and stored

For me --- now -- it's the simple cheapest way
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One or two a week -- wash them out - peal the label off -- fill with water - into the plastic milk crate - and stored

For me --- now -- it's the simple cheapest way
Gotta agree with you there. I do normally buy the 3 liter bottles for use in storing stuff though due to the larger capacity and the large mouth opening. While not as permenant a solution as Mylar, it works well enough for my needs and I can usually burn through Rice, Beans and sprouting Seeds fast enough to not worry about it going bad on me.
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I can see mold forming if you don't wash and dry it well.
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If you are afraid of other peoples germs you probably won't be happy with my suggestion. I put an ad in the local free paper under recycleing it was a free ad. I got connected with a couple that used a lot of seltzer water and tonic water. The bottles were very clean but I cleaned them with bleach water before I used them. I use them mostly for water but I have a few with rice and other grains and lentils.
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if youre going to consider buying them, just go ahead and get a 50 gallon barrel or some of those little 5 gallon water jugs
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if youre going to consider buying them, just go ahead and get a 50 gallon barrel or some of those little 5 gallon water jugs
agree, don't waste your time. 5 gal water bottles for drinking, 55 or larger for rain water storage. rotate & use.
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do you drink anything else? Tea, fruit juice etc. I drink Arizona Iced Tea and fruit punch. Both come in gallon bottles. I rinse those out and use them to store water.
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The 1 1/2 liter Hawaiian Punch bottles are nice, they have a heavy duty carrying handle on it and a little bigger mouth to pour stuff into. I'd like to have some of those but I can't drink the drink because of the sugar in it.
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I don"t drink much pop either but I do use coupons for everything so I get most of mine free or no more than 25 cents a piece. I send them home with the grown kids (or put them in their Christmas and birthday baskets) and then they just bring them back when they are empty. I do get alot of juice bottles too that I use to store water in, mostly free with the coupons!
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thanks for the replies! as i was reading these, it occurred to me...i have a buddy who lives at college and has access to a bunch of hardcore soda drinkers. gonna see what she can scrounge up from their dorms.

i agree with the 55 gallon barrels, i just don't have the storage space for any just yet. i'm also looking for something that is easily portable by anyone in the family. i have eight 7 gallon aquatainers which would be impossible to move by two of the four people living with me.

i also like having 2 liter bottles on hand for the solar disinfection method for purifying water; a slow process but it's better than nothing. i'm just keeping that as another backup for my many backups. again, thanks all
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If you drink juice use those bottles as well.Any bottle that is food grade works.Even wine and whiskey bottles.
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I fill them with water and put them in the deep freezer. Instant ice for power outages or water for extended outages.
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i'm not a big soda drinker, nor is anyone else in my house. we don't buy many bottled beverages at all, we're lucky to get one 2 liter bottle of pink lemonade per year. i've been reading around and noticing lots of you use 2 liter soda bottles for storing certain foods and water in, sounds like a pretty good idea to me, might as well try it. only problem, i have no 2 liter bottles.

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Go to your local supermarket and buy 2 litre bottles of water for 20c each
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If I was you I would go with 3 liter bottles they have a wider mouth and are easier to fill and empty. Dollar Tree sells pop in 3 liter bottles for $1.00 you could buy a bunch and donate them to a church and take the cost of the pop off your taxes. Tell them that you want the bottles back when empty.
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