10 Things You Should Never Throw Away

Squeeze Bottles
You can fill an empty ketchup bottle with pancake batter to squirt out perfectly sized pancakes without drips. George Doyle/Stockbyte/Thinkstock

Step inside a fancy restaurant kitchen and alongside the expensive chef's knives and $200 All-Clad pans are cheap plastic squeeze bottles. Chefs fill squeeze bottles with olive oil, custom sauces and spicy condiments to add a controlled dash of flavor or color to a dish. You can buy the same squeeze bottles for your home kitchen or save a couple of bucks and raid the recycling bin.

The next time you make pancakes, fill a big squeezable ketchup bottle with the batter and squirt out perfect portions without drips or spills. Fill old salad dressing bottles with your own vinaigrette or wash out the Sriracha bottle (really well) and fill it with homemade Magic Shell ice cream topping [source: Trover].

Recycled squeeze bottles are equally useful outside of the kitchen. Fill old honey bear bottles with paint for the kids' art table or dispense hand soap from a former mustard bottle. It'll keep your guests guessing!