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This quick hack prevents your laundry soap from making a mess

All you need is a soda bottle to keep your laundry room drip-free.

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Catch those drips before they make a mess.

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If you buy large bottles of laundry detergent with a button-operated dispensing spout, then you're probably constantly wiping up drips and spills. It seems like no matter how careful you are, those spouts just keep dripping long after you've stopped pressing the button. Snapping the measuring cup back in place over the spout is no good because when you take the measuring cup off, the detergent drips down the side of the bottle.

There's a quick and easy solution. All you need is a soda bottle, a marker and a pair of scissors to make a drip catcher.

First, rinse out a 2-liter soda bottle, let it dry and remove the label. Then, get to cutting:

  1. Cut the top off of the bottle, just below the curve of the neck.
  2. Next, cut a horizontal line across the side of the bottle. You want your cut to go about halfway around the bottle, about two-thirds down the bottle. On either side of this cut, make a vertical cut. You should end up with a bowl that has a long piece of plastic on one side.
  3. Place the measuring cup from your laundry detergent on the long piece of plastic and trace around it. Cut out the traced area. Placement isn't really important as long as you have a cut out circle on the long piece of plastic.
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You don't need to be exact with your cuts, but it should look something like this.

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Slip the spout of your laundry detergent bottle through the hole in your drip catcher and put the measuring cup in the bowl area. Now when the spout drips it will go in the measuring cup, ready for another load.