Around the House —
- Use plastic grocery sacks as wastebasket liners in bedroom, office and bath.
- A dozen bags rolled up tight fit into a small ziplock bag, freeing up lots of space in kitchen drawers.
- Protect water and gas valves in the wintertime.
- Take grocery and retail sacks back to the store for reuse while shopping.
- Plastic bags keep dust away when storing off-season shoes.
- Take them to the food bank where they can be used to give needy people their food.
- Sort craft supplies in plastic grocery sacks.
- Use plastic sacks to cushion breakable items when moving them in boxes.
- Store outgrown clothing to pass down to the next child in plastic bags.
- Use them to take clothing to the KNIB Clothing Drive in May, July or October
For the Holidays —
- Make Christmas wreaths with them.
- Hide presents from the kids.
- Protect gifts from rain and snow during holiday trips and visits.
- To keep needles from your Christmas tree off the carpet, take the tree apart with pruning clippers and put the pieces into a plastic bag. Put a sandwich bag on your hands when handling the tree trunk to keep off pine tar.
In the Workshop or Garage —
- Store a paintbrush full of oil-base paint at the end of the day to use it again the next day without having to use a solvent to store it overnight. Just wrap the brush in the bag and put it in the refrigerator until the next morning.
- Slip them under the car to catch those last few drops of oil after an oil change.
- Keep leftover paint fresh by pouring it into a heavyweight, sealable plastic bag. Squeeze out the air and seal the bag. Put the bag in the original paint can and tap the lid closed.
- Clamp irregular shapes together with a sand-filled plastic bag.
Out and About —
- Keep clothes dry on canoeing trips.
- Line your backpack with them. Or bicycle pack.
- When packing for travel, use plastic bags to put your shoes in.
- Give them to thrift stores or garage sales for their reuse.
- Use as garbage bag in cars.
- Containers for plants to be transplanted.
- Turn the big ones into ponchos.
For Students —
- They are handy because they can be hung on the door handles.
- Use as trash bags in dorm rooms
- Use plastic grocery bags to store aluminum cans for recycling.
- Put a plastic bag on a stadium seat at a band competition when it is raining.
In the Rockford area all Schnuck’s Grocery Stores provide a bin near their front entrance where you can deposit your plastic bags for recycling. Take a bunch with you the next time you head for the store!