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Old 07-10-2017, 23:32   #1
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I typically use salsa bottles to hold my used sharps prior to disposal. Anybody have an idea of how to make a flanged cover so that if the bottle falls over, the sharps don't fall out? The bottles I use are these Pace salsa bottles from Sams Club: https://www.samsclub.com/sams/pace-c...prod1190423.ip

It looks a bit like this. I'd like to be able to remove it and use it on the next bottle. I use the cover to close it up, duct tape it and throw it. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Sharps-Co...-1-CS/12518970

The Tide bottle was perfect, but the odor of detergent residue, despite repeated rinsing, was making me sick. I just can't do that again. My Mom goes through those giant salsa bottles about every 3 weeks, so endless supply of those.

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I don't have an idea for a flanged lid, but seems like if you just screwed the lid down after use that would be safe from a spill.

One thought - some vitamin bottles have a lid that's secured to the bottle by a ring around the neck. Also, some also have a lid that has a smaller opening in the top of the lid that lifts up.

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I use a very large empty bottle of mouth wash. It is a wide mouth bottle with a screw on top. It has the advantage of allowing me to wash the needles with hydrogen peroxide before taking to dispose of. When I go to the hospital building for my check up with my doctor, the restrooms throughout the hospital have disposal containers for needles...I dump them in their....

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I'm having trouble with screw-on tops which is why I was looking for a flange. What was easy last year, isn't as easy this year.

None of the medical places here take used needles since you can dispose of them for free in waste pickup provided you use the proper type of bottle and mark it SHARPS. It's not the final disposal that is giving me fits, but the day to day handling.

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Could you use any kind of container (plastic box shape) with an easy to remove lid? Then seal the lid with duct tape when it's full?

I'm thinking of those cheap food containers. The lid would be secure enough if the box was knocked over.

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Could you use any kind of container (plastic box shape) with an easy to remove lid? Then seal the lid with duct tape when it's full?

I'm thinking of those cheap food containers. The lid would be secure enough if the box was knocked over.
I was using a small one to hold my unused needles, but the cats think it's a play toy and I often found it on the floor in the morning, occasionally opened (and sometimes broken). I would be perfectly happy with the Tide container if I could figure out how to eliminate that odor! Suggestions?

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I would be perfectly happy with the Tide container if I could figure out how to eliminate that odor! Suggestions?
If you're stuck on detergent containers...almost all supermarkets sell detergents that are dye and perfume free. I use the Arm & Hammer brand. The detergent works just as well. Tide also makes one called Tide free & gentle.


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I use tea tree oil..not sure if that's right but it makes sense to me. Then I put them in an airtight plastic container from super greens I drink..best I can do.

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What about buying a Sharps container that would be your ideal, then dumping the contents into another container for disposal when it's full? The wide top screws on/off.

I always put the needle cover back on it before disposal, and use lancet drums (no exposed needles), but even with exposed needles, you could use a paper funnel to transfer the contents safely.

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Thanks for the idea Bounty, but Mom buys the All Free and Clear from Sam's Club and that makes me as sick as the Tide odor. I lost my sense of smell due to a brain injury and only occasionally get a whiff, but detergent I can smell and it has a very different sickly odor than what you smell.

Moon, that's a really good idea. I will investigate that. If the flange can be removed, and the stuff poured in, that solves the problem. The Salsa containers are wide-mouthed. I'm just using pen needles these days.

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