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Draining Old Oil from Your Mower with a 4-Litre Bottle Hack

Updated: Oct 22, 2023

Introduction: Are you looking for a cheap and easy way to drain the old oil from your mower? Look no further! With this simple hack using a 4-litre oil or milk bottle, you can make the task a breeze. Let's dive in!

Materials Needed:

Step 1: Prepare Your Workspace Find a flat surface to work on, preferably outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Lay down some newspaper or a drop cloth to catch any spills.

JC is holding a disused plastic bottle in one hand and a knife in the other hand. JC is cutting the bottle open on the side, using the knife.
JC cutting an upcycled plastic bottle of oil to make an oil drip tray.

Step 2: Cut the Side off the Bottle

Take your clean, empty 4-litre oil or milk bottle and use scissors or a utility knife to carefully cut the side off.

An upcycled 4-liter oil bottle being used as a drip tray to drain old oil from a lawn mower.
A 4-liter oil bottle with the side removed, The bottle has been upcycled into a drip tray to drain old oil from a lawn mower.

You'll want to remove about a third of the bottle's side, leaving the handle intact. This will create a large, open area to catch the old oil as it drains from your mower.

Step 3: Position the Bottle

Place the cut bottle under the oil drain plug of your mower. The open side should face up and the handle should be pointed away from the mower for easy handling. Make sure the bottle is stable and secure before proceeding.

Step 4: Drain the Old Oil

Put on your gloves to protect your hands. Carefully remove the oil drain plug from your mower and allow the old oil to flow into the bottle. Be patient, as this process might take a minute or two.

JC is topping up the lawn mower with fresh oil.
JC is refilling the mower with fresh oil.

Step 5: Refill your mower with fresh oil according to the manufacturer's recommendations and re use this empty bottle on step 6.

JC is pouring the old oil from the recycled drip tray  into the new empty bottle of oil. For easer disposal of old oil.
JC - making good use of the the new empty bottle of oil.

Step 6: Dispose of the Old Oil Once all the old oil has drained into the bottle from the mower, carefully lift the bottle by the handle, making sure not to spill any oil. I always pour old oil into the new oil bottle that is left over from step 5, put the lid on, then I take the bottle on my next visit to the recycling centre.

Conclusion: And there you have it – a simple and efficient method to drain the old oil from your mower using a 4-litre bottle! With this easy hack, you'll be able to maintain your mower cheaply and keep your lawn looking great all season long.

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