dead batteries

everyone knows it’s a big no-no to throw batteries into the trash can (well, almost everyone). and my best guess as to how a dead battery (or two) ended up in our “good battery container” is that someone (the beau) put it there. knowing full well that dead batteries don’t go in the trash but also not having a proper home for dead batteries to lay in waiting until they go to the safe center—he made an error in judgement and tossed the old battery into the battery pile (using the like with like organizing principle). unfortunately they are now no longer as similar as they once were; as one (or two) are kaput and the rest bring my label makers to life. solution? grab a sharpie and write ‘dead’ on your old batteries. what’s that? you don’t own a sharpie? i can’t imagine. okay, any permanent marker will do. i would even boldly suggest that you mark up dead batteries even if they have a separate place to live from your ‘new batteries.’ that way, there will never, ever be a question to whether or not the battery works—you’ll just know (and how rare is that in life).

9 thoughts on “dead batteries

  1. It’s a man thing. Look up Michael McIntyre (comedian) and Man Drawer on youtube and he tells you about the things in a “man drawer” and the list includes “batteries of indeterminate lifespan and quality”. The reason? The rubbish bin is just too far away to walk to…

  2. @Jen–yes, if you already have a battery charger for rechargeable batteries, that is awesome. But in small homes, sometimes every inch counts and often times, there’s no where to store or money to buy a charger.

  3. @Karen: It’s not an all man thing. I organize my batteries.
    @Jen: That’s what I was going to say.
    @Beth: Rechargeables aren’t THAT much and aren’t THAT large. I use Rayovac Hybrids, They cost $8.99 for 4 AA’s or 4 AAA’s at Target (Cheaper at Home Depot) and the charger I think is $9.99 and come with 2 cells. Don’t think they do 9V though. The charger can just stay plugged into an outlet (don’t know if it draws power when not charging batteries) or it’s small enough (about the size of a desk of playing cards) to fit into a tiny nook in a drawer. Smaller than keeping a bunch of spare batteries. The cells also keep their charge for 6 months after being charged when in storage and in the long run they ARE cheaper than buying batteries and discarding them.

  4. In our house, dead batteries have a home in an old square Kleenex box. It sits in the laundry room cabinet right next to a similar box marked “dryer sheets” (because yes, I really do reuse them if all the waxy stuff hasn’t melted off…and they’re handy for dusting). Then it’s full, I drop the whole box off at our local and super-conveniently located Interstate Batteries, which recycles them for free. Incidentally, Kleenex boxes are handy storage containers for all sorts of pesky things like dead batteries.

  5. thanks for the info Frank. if you keep it plugged in, it will draw power. even if you are using a recharger for batteries, my guess is the battery will eventually die (hence the sharpie will still be a good tip:)

  6. @ Simone–Love the kleenex box tip for housing old batteries. Will have to forward that one along to clients. I don’t use dryer sheets but I like the fact that they can be reused and the dusting tip–genius. Thanks for sharing with us! Also, here’s a quick post from Apartment Therapy that you might find interesting; 20 Household Uses for Used (Yes, Used) Dryer Sheets

  7. Thanks! Some of those I hadn’t heard of. Here are a couple more that weren’t on the list:
    -I scrapbook, and when I’m embossing, I often have “stray” embossing powder that sticks to the paper or cardstock. If you rub the area with a used sheet before stamping, the powder sticks to only the ink.
    -My camper friends swear by placing unused sheets in their pop-ups while storing it. It keeps out vermin, and makes the camper smell fresh when you open it back up.

    Happy freshening!

  8. @Simone–I like both of those new uses for dryer sheets. I actually know someone that makes her own cards and embosses them… I wonder if she knows about this?! Again–I’ll have to pass along:)

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