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An indispensable item, a plastic jug, serves multiple purposes in most homes.

Fill one with water or ice tea and keep cold in the refrigerator. A plastic jug with a lid becomes a storage unit for bird seed, a container for sand or salt for slippery surfaces, or a handy place for nuts and bolts. Get creative and fashion the jug into a scoop for laundry, kitty litter, or playing in the sand. Fill it with water and freeze for a handy ice pack.