Crate training is a very popular method for getting a sweet little puppy housebroken.. Crates are also used for safely transporting a dog and providing him with a cozy place to sleep alone. There ultimately comes a time where the piece is outgrown. Instead of simply throwing it away, a hard plastic dog crate can be reused and recycled in several different ways. Be sure to clean and dry the piece thoroughly before re-purposing it.
The top of the plastic crate can usually be snapped off or unscrewed from the base. The bottom of the dog crate can then become a great litter box tray. The front of the base where the crate door once was provides easy access for a cat to enter and exit. A layer of newspaper or several plastic bags placed underneath will catch any spillage of litter that occurs.
An old dog crate in the back of the car can be very helpful in keeping the vehicle neat and organized. Extra water bottles, blankets, sports equipment and school books can be kept inside while running errands or transporting the kids to their activities. An order from the grocery store can be stored inside the crate for the ride home, reducing the need for plastic bags. The latched door will keep cans and bottles from rolling away. Even the smallest of crates can be useful for keeping the car looking it’s best. A few dishrags and spray bottles of cleanser or wipes can be tucked out of the way for quick cleanups.
Many homeowners balk at storing items in their basement due to the propensity for water to seep in during heavy storms. The hard plastic of the crate and latched door will ensure safety for items of value. A layer of plastic sheeting around the stored pieces will provide an extra layer of protection against dampness. Holiday decorations, children’s toys or memorabilia will now have a safe place to reside in a previously unused basement.
Animal shelters and veterinary offices are usually always in need of plastic dog crates that have been well maintained. Thoroughly clean the crate with a mixture of vinegar and water before passing it along. A quick phone call to the location of your choice before hauling it into the car will ensure that it can be used and will be appreciated.