Shopping Bags – 14 Ways To Reuse Plastic Bags
Most of us shop at least a few times a week at our local grocery store to get the necessities we need. Each time we do we bring home shopping bags. After a while, they pile up, unless you are someone that uses reusable bags. There are some interesting uses for our used plastic bags that we can reuse them for around our house. Check out these 14 different ways to reuse plastic bags.
One such use is trash bag liners. Small bathroom or bedroom waste cans will be a perfect use for our grocery bags to make our disposal quick and easy. Some people will use them in the kitchen too. They don’t hold a lot of trash, but they don’t cost us extra money.
Another such use is when we take our dog for a walk. Curbing your dog is a necessity in some communities. Their waste can be easily picked up and disposed of in the same bag. No more having to buy special waste bags!
You can get creative and make all kinds of things with bags. One that I love to make is flower earrings. You can check out a step by step how to and a video here.
More popular years ago, but if you have some older boots with a leak, wrap a plastic bag around each foot before putting your boots on. When you take them off your socks will be dry.
Paint brush or roller covers. When painting your house, when you need a break. Wrap your brush or roller with a bag to keep it from drying out and getting hard until you come back to finish the job.
Plarn is a plastic yarn. While it can be made from all kinds of different plastics, one of the best ways to make it is from plastic bags. Check out my post on How To Make Plarn.
Like to get your plants out early in the year. Sometimes one of those nights in the spring can bring a frost and kill your young seedlings. Place a bag over your young plants to keep that frost from killing your early garden. No need to buy fancy frost covers!
Litter Pan Liners:
Anyone that has a cat knows that cleaning the box is a messy job. Some waste will stick to the bottom no matter which litter you use. If you do not want to buy litter pan liners, you can line your cat box with plastic bags and dumping your cat waste is a breeze.
Just like the earrings, you can use plarn to make all kinds of different crochet projects. I even used it to make this cute Upcycled Bags Basket Bowl.
Dirty Clothes Bag:
When on a trip it makes a nice container to store your dirty clothes and keep them separate from your clean ones until you find a washer.
Really handy to keep around for packing up some of that now sold odds and ends you may have at a garage sale. Especially hands for sales with a lot of small items. Much easier to handle.
Did you know you can fuse plastic bags together? It works really well to make fabrics for sewing. It also works really well for making mailers to mail small items in. Head over and check out this step by step with video on how to make mailers.
Donate to local food drives. They can be reused for their original purpose. Local food pantries are always looking for plastic bags to help them distribute food to the needy.
Temporary Plastic Glove:
Just reverse your bag and use it to handle anything that you don’t want to get your hands dirty with. Such as checking fluids in your car’s engine area. Or cleaning up some messy debris. You can even use it to dump cooled off hardened grease from your fry pans to have an extra layer of protection from leaks in your trash can.
The list goes on and on. You will probably think of many other ways to use this extremely versatile item once you begin to realize how handy it is and can be.
If you liked these ideas, here are some other tips for reusing items.
- 11 Ways To Reuse A Tin Can
- 9 Ways To Reuse A Prescription Pill Bottle
- 10 Ways To Reuse Wine Bottles
- 10 Ways To Reuse A Milk Jug
- 9 Ways To Reuse Bread Clips
Just want to add that you should keep used fat in a plastic takeaway container. Keep adding fat until it’s full, then put it out for the birds to eat.