In this article, I will show you 9 household items that will hold 1 liter of liquids.
Around the world, a liter, sometimes spelled litre, is a standard unit of measurement, particularly for liquids.
Although most liquids are measured in gallons or ounces in the United States, liter measurements are still used, and there are several household items that can hold a liter or more.
Did you know? 1 liter equals 1000 milliliters or 4.16 cups.
1. A Quart of Milk
One gallon is just shy of four liters, so one quart, which is one-quarter of a gallon, is very close to a liter. In fact, one quart is .95 liters.
This means that any liquid that comes in a quart container is almost exactly a liter.
Milk is one of the most common liquids found in a quart container, but other foods, such as cream, juice, some fruits, or some small vegetables, are also commonly found in quart containers.
2. A Two-Liter Soda Bottle
Soda is one of the most common items measured in liters in the United States, and most large soda bottles hold exactly two liters.
If you’ve ever bought pizza and a large family-size soda bottle, you can easily estimate what two liters look like, and picturing a soda bottle that’s half full can make it easy to estimate what one liter of liquid looks like.
3. Glass Jars
Many glass jars, designed for storing foods such as preserves, pickles, or sauces, come in either liter or 32 fluid ounce sizes.
Thirty-two fluid ounces is just over one liter, so looking at a glass canning jar, designed to hold that amount, can help you easily and accurately estimate what a liter looks like.
4. Dish Soap Containers
Liquid dish soap containers are often designed to hold just about 32 ounces, which means they hold a little over one liter.
This is also true for other household cleaning products, such as glass cleaner, laundry detergent, and hand soap.
Many of these containers will hold at least 32 ounces, and some may be able to hold as much as two, three, or even four liters.
5. Water Bottles or Thermoses
The size of medium or large water bottles is often measured in liters or ounces, and many water bottles are designed to hold at least one liter of water.
Some water bottles even have milliliters marked out on the side so you can tell both how much the bottle holds and how much water you’ve had throughout the day.
6. A Number 3 Can
Cans, used to store a wide variety of foods, come in different sizes, and each size is designated by a number.
Number 3 cans were made to hold about 32 ounces, which means they can hold just over one liter. These large cans are often used to hold bigger food items, such as crushed tomatoes, which are often used in marinara sauces, or pineapple slices.
Other cans, such as number 1 tall cans, number 300 cans, and number 303 cans, can hold 16 ounces, so two of these cans together would add up to one liter.
Less common cans, such as the number 1 square can, also hold about 16 ounces, or two cups, of liquid. In addition, as far as less common can sizes go, the number 2.5 square can is the closest to a liter in size.
At 31 ounces, this can type holds almost exactly one liter.
7. Shampoo Bottles
Shampoo bottles come in all shapes and sizes, which means they can hold various amounts of liquid. However, many shampoo bottles are designed to hold about one liter of liquid soap.
You can tell exactly how much the bottle holds by checking the label. If it’s close to 32 ounces, the bottle holds about one liter.
Other beauty products, such as hair conditioners and body lotions, are also commonly found in 32-ounce bottles.
8. Ziplock Bags
Ziploc bags, which are designed to keep foods fresh and secure, are available in several different sizes. One of the most common sizes is the quart bag.
As we know, one quart is just shy of one liter, so these small, square bags can hold about one liter of liquid. These bags generally measure about 7 by 7.5 inches in size, and they’re perfect for storing everything from food to craft items to jewelry.
Two 16-ounce sandwich bags, which are about 6 by 5 inches in size, can also hold about one liter of liquid.
9. Plastic Food Storage Containers
Like food bags, plastic food storage containers are available in a wide range of shapes and sizes, including square, rectangular, and circular.
However, many of these containers are designed to hold either 16 or 32 ounces, and many containers were made specifically to hold one liter.
Picturing either two 16-ounce storage containers or one 32-ounce or liter storage container can help you accurately estimate how much one liter is, and what size container you would need to hold a liter.