Utility Cups


These are useful. I keep one (with holes poked in its bottom) in my shower for holding up my razor, toothbrush, and tongue scraper. These items slide neatly into the top hole of the can. You could consider one for holding bars of soap so the scum is contained, if you're too unmotivated to make the soap dish. I keep one on my bathroom counter for the same reason.

Aluminum doesn't really rust like steel does, so it stays clean and attractive. Also, the inside has an epoxy coating, so the water tends to bead up a bit instead of clinging to the surface. Incidentally, you can use these as special bi-level planters, as shown on this website.

Utility cups can also be used in the fridge or freezer for individual dessert servings – particularly those that are layered – but do not use these cups for baking. [As I mentioned, aluminum cans are covered with an epoxy laquer preserve the freshness and taste of the beverage. This laquer is foodsafe and stable at room temperature or below, but at high temperatures it risks contaminating your food.] You can scoop the dessert out of the can or peel the side off like an orange to reveal layered sides, if applicable.

These cups are not perfectly suitable for beer pong because their rim diameter is too small and their bottom diameter is too large, according to the official regulations. Still, you could make a simple skee ball setup using bouncing, rolled, or thrown ping pong balls.

You can also put a cup inside a cup to make a gift box:

Just leave a crack in the top rim so you can peel away an opening and tape up the other parts of the rim with clear Scotch Tape.


The Instructions page of this website explains how to remove the top and make a rim.

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