5 Ideas for Repurposing Old Hot Water Bottles & Covers

March 05, 2024
Hot water bottle cover repurposed as a tablet cover
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Don't want to throw away your beloved hot water bottle once it's passed its useful life?

Although old hot water bottles should be disposed of with normal household waste, there are ways to hold onto them for a little bit longer.

In this article, we'll share some fun alternative uses for your hot water bottles and covers so you don't have to throw them away.

Tablet / iPad Cover

Store your tablet or iPad in your disused hot water bottle or cover in a few simple steps. Firstly, place your tablet over your hot water bottle or cover. Make sure it is the correct size by aligning the bottom of your tablet with the bottom of your hot water bottle or cover. Then cut above the top edge of your tablet. If you want you could also attach studs or buttons at the top so that it can be closed. However, remember to cut further up the hot water bottle or cover to allow space for this. Once complete you can simply slide your tablet inside.

Knee Cushion

Knee cushions are great if you need to do work close to the ground for instance if you are cleaning, gardening, or fixing something. Simply fill your hot water bottle or cover with soft materials until you're satisfied with its softness. We recommend the likes of cotton balls, excess fabric, and newspaper.

Money Box / Safe

Hot water bottles and covers are great places to hide your valuable items such as money, jewellery, and keys. No one would ever suspect it and look inside.

Watering Can

Hot water bottles have been designed to hold water. There are few better household items better at carrying 1 to 2 litres of the good stuff for your plants. Just remember not to fill to the brim as water may spill out if you squeeze too much.


Finally, disused hot water bottles and covers can be great for storing pretty much anything. You may prefer to cut along its width with some scissors to have a more open storage compartment. You can store everything from stationery and paintbrushes to flowers.

Five great ways to repurpose your old hot water bottle

Very Important: Make sure it's super clear to you and everyone else that your old hot water bottle can no longer be used for its original purpose. Failure to do so can increase the risk of accidental burns and scalds. For instance, make your hot water bottle completely unrecognisable, and only reuse the bottom half.

Final Word

Repurposing your old hot water bottles and covers not only gives them a new lease of life but also aligns with sustainable practices, reducing waste. Whether it's turning them into a chic tablet cover, a handy knee cushion, a secret safe, a makeshift watering can, or a versatile container, these innovative ideas can breathe new purpose into your beloved item. Remember to ensure that it's clear these bottles are no longer fit for their original use to prevent any risk of burns or scalds. Get creative and give your old hot water bottles a second chance at life!

We go to great lengths to ensure that all our hot water bottles are easy-to-use, effective and meet the relevant safety standards. You may also find our essential guide useful if you want to learn more about keeping warm safely.

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