A Time Saving Kitchen Tip for Drinking Glasses

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Water Glasses

You know by now that water is really important for health, right?  Common thought on drinking water is that you should be drinking 8 glasses of water a day.

Remember my post on the Top 5 Tips for Healthy Eating?  There was drinking clean water – right at the top.  Note that I said “clean water.”

Didn’t know that tap water is full of a lot of stuff that I am sure you’d rather not be putting in your body?  Well, this post is not for the timid, but check out Is Your Water Safe?

I try to keep myself and my family hydrated, but we quickly end up with glasses all over the place.  And my kitchen is already cluttered enough without extra glasses all over the place (anyone else identify with this?  Please tell me I’m not the only one :-)).  And in these super busy and financially tight times, who needs to spend extra time and money washing extra glasses because someone says, “I can’t remember which glass was mine!”

And if you don’t have a family, then when you have guests over, you can quickly have the same problem, right (and who wants to make a mistake of drinking out of the wrong glass during the flu season :-()?

Well, I have a simple DIY idea for you that will help you keep track of whose glass is whose and help you reduce clutter in the kitchen.

Think of this as DIY water glass “charms”.  While they’re not as cute, they get the job done!

This tip gets credited to my one and one-half day helper.  Due to my long struggle with adrenal fatigue / fibromyalgia symptoms, things have really piled up around the house here, so I’ve been getting some help weekly while I get caught up.  And frankly, it’s been helping me pay some attention to my blog that I wouldn’t be able to do otherwise while juggling homeschooling, our whole foods lifestyle, and my special needs son.

Typically, my “helper” brings her own water bottle over, but one day we were sampling homemade sugar free lemonade (you really need to check out that recipe!).  We were trying to keep glasses straight and she said, “How about this idea?”

Blue Rubberband Water Glasses

Just put a rubber band around each glass, with a different color for each person!

Well, I posted my little idea on Twitter in response to a blogger who said she couldn’t keep glasses straight in her home either.

Her response was, “I don’t have enough rubber bands for all the people in my family!”

So here are some ways to adapt this to make it work, no matter how many people you have in your home.

Save all the rubber bands you get (washing them first) from produce, mail, etc.  That way, you end up with a lot of colors and thicknesses

rubberband water glasses
Mix and match the bands so that some people are identified by combinations (e.g. oldest son’s glass has a white and a blue band on it – youngest son’s glass has two blue bands)

rubberband water glasses

Use a Sharpie or other permanent marker to write initials on thicker rubber bands

Works well for me – and my youngest gets a kick out of having his own personalized glass ID band.

Maybe I need to patent this and start a new business :-).

Other Time and Money Saving Ideas Can Be Found here:

How about you?  Do you have a simple kitchen organization tip to share?

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  1. That’s actually a really brilliant idea. We don’t have to worry about this too terribly much since my oldest drinks out of plastic cups and my youngest has a sippy. But it’s amazing how much my wife and I get our glasses mixed up when there are only two of us. A lot of it comes from the fact that I like to reuse glasses. If I got a completely new glass every time I had a glass of water, we’d have to do about 2 extra loads of dishes a day! :)
    I’ll have to give this a shot!

    • Glad to have helped! And if you don’t mind a kind thought – you might want to check to at least make sure that the plastic cups & sippy don’t have BPA. I’ll be doing a giveaway in Jan hopefully of a co that sells great non plastic stuff for adults and kiddos!

  2. This is a great idea. We have a large family and have struggled with the glass problem. Our answer has been to leave them at each person’s spot at the table. But that gets confusing too, since we do a lot of school at the table. The glasses inevitably get moved. The rubber bands seems doable.

  3. We really love this idea. I use it all the time for Annie’s cups….I did a short post about it in October for Kitchen Tip Tuesday.
    http://www.stacymakescents.com/kitchen-tip-tuesday-10411

  4. Our Family of 5 each has a different glass. We went to the thrift store and everybody choose a glass they liked. It’s fun to see our various glasses sitting on the counter to be used again.

  5. birtrightrose says:

    We use Silly Bands, the shaped bracelet craze that was so last year! The kids have them in 20 different colors. Rubber band colors are more limited. I like that they can go through the dishwasher, too! We don’t use plastic cups at all. The kids use 4 or 8 ounce Mason jars, adults use the 16 ounce jars.

  6. I love tips like this! So easy, so logical! There are only two of us using real glasses around here (since the toddler uses a sippy cup) but we have this problem too! And we don’t have a dishwasher so anything to cut down on number of dishes is a huge help. You know how many dishes the real food lifestyle generates!

  7. I love tips like this! So easy, so logical! There are only two of us using real glasses around here (since the toddler uses a sippy cup) but we have this problem too! And we don’t have a dishwasher so anything to cut down on number of dishes is a huge help. You know how many dishes the real food lifestyle generates!

  8. We do the same thing — even with just the two of us! Learned it from my mom. Just gotta remember to occasionally *wash* the glasses. ;)

    • Very funny, Denise! I don’t wash them daily either. Dishes- yes. Glasses – when they are clearly dirty and when the dishwasher is otherwise needing to be run :-).

  9. Good idea! I also use wide rubber bands to label glass jars in the refrigerator. Yogurt or broth or leftovers are easily identified from the side. You can write on the bands with pencil or ballpoint and they can be reused.

  10. Hi Adrienne! Your idea is brilliant…and much more inexpensive than these, though they are very cute:

    http://www.mypreciouskid.com/name-labels-sippy-cups.html

    I gain nothing at all by putting this link here, just thought you’d be interested/amused!

    • How funny, Jamie! I guess I should make mine cuter and sell them off my site :-). By the way, I checked out your blog – did you see that I used to live in Japan?

  11. I love this tip!!! I will use this for tea mugs, we drink lots of tea in our home!!

  12. This is a great idea. What do you do with the rubber bands at the end of the day? I have visions of rogue rubberbands floating all over my house.

  13. Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This is a cute idea — my father used to do this! Hope to see you next week!

    Be sure to visit RealFoodForager.com on Sunday for Sunday Snippets – your post from Fat Tuesday may be featured there!

    http://realfoodforager.com/2011/12/fat-tuesday-december-20-2011/

  14. Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This is a cute idea — my father used to do this! Hope to see you next week!

    Be sure to visit RealFoodForager.com on Sunday for Sunday Snippets – your post from Fat Tuesday may be featured there!

    http://realfoodforager.com/2011/12/fat-tuesday-december-20-2011/

  15. I just thought of another idea. To take it a step further I would start the day with 8 rubber bands and remove one each time I drank a glass of water. With my diet I am supposed to drink 8 glasses and this would help me keep track of it. Thanks for the post……..it helped me in a round about way!! lol

  16. Great idea!! I’ve been writing names on glasses with a dry erase marker, but obviously that doesn’t always work!

    • No, I would think that the ink would come off on your hands as well….and the ink smell is pretty loaded with chemicals too. I am really sensitive and I feel horrible around those. Thanks for stopping by, Jaime, and for your encouragement!

  17. GREAT tip!

  18. I can sooo relate, when my grand kids are over, glasses everywhere! I, too, have fibro and I have been flaring since Thanksgiving! So for me, it’s really hard to keep washing glass after glass. Thanks for sharing that idea. Gonna use it! 8^)

    • Hello Pattie. Thanks for sharing! Have you happened to see my posts on adrenal fatigue? I am doing soooo much better. You may wish to check out Theresa Vernon’s website and give her a call. She says that fibromyalgia is almost always linked to aluminum toxicity. There just might be real hope for you as well. Take care! Glad to have helped!

  19. I can sooo relate, when my grand kids are over, glasses everywhere! I, too, have fibro and I have been flaring since Thanksgiving! So for me, it’s really hard to keep washing glass after glass. Thanks for sharing that idea. Gonna use it! 8^)

  20. My Mom actually does this!

  21. I like this idea. When my family comes to visit we’ve all used plastic cups marked with a sharpie, but I would prefer to use real glasses. This makes it possible.

    • Yea, Eileen! I never like using plastic when I think about it all piling up in a landfill. I know it sounds extreme, but I am even hoping to get portable silverware so that I don’t have to use plastic when we go out. I think I found a kind that I will review in the New Year! Take care!

  22. great idea! i’m sitting here at the dining room table staring at no less than 7 cups/glasses, some still full of water…and have no idea who belongs to what! i love simple solutions!

  23. Jenifer Harrod says:

    I really needed this tip today! I have been struggling too with low energy etc. and have the same problem with drinking glasses esp. with 7 kids and a child that I babysit. God Bless!

  24. Those rubber cause bracelts work well too. I write on them with sharpie and then everyone knows whose is whose.

    • That’s a great idea if they’ll fit around my glasses! I just threw out a few :-(. My son used to use them like ammunition :-). But then, he’d use anything like ammunition if I’d let him… And if you have enough “cause” bracelets then you’re set even without the Sharpie!

  25. What a lovely simple idea for marking whose glass is whose! I love it!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Best wishes for a fabulous New Year 2012!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

  26. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing this post with the Hearth and Soul hop. Hope you had a lovely Christmas!

  27. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing this post with the Hearth and Soul hop. Hope you had a lovely Christmas!

  28. Jenifer Harrod says:
  29. Great tip! thanks for sharing your idea with the Gallery of Favorites!

  30. Cheeryshirley says:

    We used to drink out of Mason jars and just put a strip of masking tape on the side and wrote our names. Worked for us! Now, my husband and I use plastic BPA-free quart bottles with tops! We love them! Cheeryshirley

  31. Great tip if your lucky enough to have a lot of matching glasses. I have a fetish for glass so having children who regularly broke glasses was a devilish letdown. I soon adjusted and just bought odd glasses from the op shop that I liked so if they broke it didn’t matter. The side benefit was the fact that everyone knew which glass was theirs because they were all different! Blessings are so often disguised aren’t they?

  32. We write names on our glasses with dry erase pens. And we also you jars, with wide mouths like our favorite peanut butter (Maranatha) as our daily drinking collection because when they break your set isn’t short.

  33. I had a friend who used those rubber bracelets that the kids collect. They hosted a bible study each week, and didn’t like buying plastic cups each week. So they bought cheap tumblers and collected the wristbands. Everyone grabbed a cup and wristband each week…whallah- insta cup identifier thingys :)

  34. I have a home at the beach and a ski house in Utah which means I have a continual stream of house guests all summer and winter. I’m a huge fan of color assignment. All my glasses are a different color and each color has a water glass, wine glass, coffee mug and a tumbler. That way everyone knows which drink is theirs and I know which culprit left their empty glass on the coffee table!

    Towels are also a problem so I do the same thing with towels. Everyone is assigned a color and each color has a beach towel, bath towel, hand towel and several washcloths. Color assignment really cut down on loads of laundry and I quit throwing out half full drinks because people weren’t sure it was theirs so they poured themselves a new one!

  35. Have you ever seen name bubbles? They are personalized stickers that are dishwasher safe. I use them for my Tupperware (to make sure I get it back) and for all my kids’ daycare items. :)

  36. Anjel Berry says:

    This is a good way to use those stretchy bracelets no one ever uses! And a perfect way to end water bottle “whose is it”!

  37. Thanks for the helpful hint Adrienne!

    Now I hope I can send you a helpful hint.

    When I read that you are a long time suffer of adrenal fatigue and fibromyalgia I couldn’t help but try to offer some help as I totally understand what you’re going through.

    Please take into consideration that you may be magnesium deficient. I have been helped tremendously by taking the correct type of magnesium; a mineral that every body needs. It gets used up on a daily basis and if it isn’t replenished you become deficient. It can cause many problems including adrenal fatigue and fibromyalgia. The book that turned my health around is “The Magnesium Miracle” by Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D. In the author’s note to the revised edition it says “Most people with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia improve about 50 percent when they begin to use magnesium.”

    If you think magnesium could be helpful to you, consult your doctor or naturopath first before taking it.

    Thanks again for the rinse tip. I like natural and safe ideas.

    B.

  38. You could sell these! Brightly colored rubber bands with flowers or moons or whatever. It could be the next craze.