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OK, the title's stupid.

I really like the Mio Flavored Water Enhancer ("Enhancer"? Really?), but I'm not particularly fond of the price or the flavor selections (I can't stand Fruit Punch and the last Strawberry Watermelon tasked like it was contaminated by the mold release used on the package). In looking at the package though, it seemed as if it could be reused if I only had something to put into it. It turns out that some of the flavor packets sold in my local grocery store work perfectly.

So, why go through all this in the first place? Well, there are a couple of reasons ...

First, I really like the convenience of the Mio squirt containers, but as I said, I'm not in love with the selection of flavors. And I like many of the flavors of the other available drink mixes (can you tell where I live from the product picture?) but they're intended to be made up in 16 oz quantities (small serving size) to 64 oz quantities (large serving size). I usually only want 8 oz. Furthermore, I generally don't like my drinks cloyingly sweet; I want just enough flavor to add some taste to my drink (I use about half of what the serving sizes call for). So a squeeze container of other flavors would be perfect.

This begs the question of why not just get a different container? Honestly, I probably could, but all the containers that were easily (and locally) available didn't have the handy seal that the Mio containers do (if you've used one, you know what I mean). There are probably containers that have a similar seal, but at a certain point it takes way too much effort to find them. And besides, I'm reusing a container instead of throwing it away. That's gotta count for something.

The second big reason is cost. One of these containers costs about $3.50 in my local grocery store. The two drink containers in the picture cost about $1.50 and $2.00 respectively and each will refill the repurposed Mio container three times (translated: it's MUCH cheaper).

So, how do we do re-purpose the container?
 
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cokecola2 years ago
Anything is better than drinking Mio. It contains a carcinogen propylene glycol. That's the stuff in antifreeze.
Ethylene Glycol is a highly toxic and chemically similar compound previously used as the active ingredient in antifreeze and deicing fluids. It is almost universally replaced with the much safer Propylene Glycol, which has been approved for use by the FDA as a direct food additive. Try *a little* research next time.
It may not cause cancer, but there are other potentially adverse reactions. Personally, I am very sensitive to it, it makes my throat very sore if I drink or inhale products containing it like breath sprays or those E-Cigs (I tried those to help me quit smoking, but found that going it on my own worked better). Unfortunately, though, there haven't been enough long term studies to determine what the effects will be past a couple decades of exposure, so, like every miracle chemical, this may turn out to be tomorrow's DDT or sommat.