Around the House —
- Use plastic grocery sacks as wastebasket liners, particularly where wet items may be thrown out.
- A dozen bags rolled up tight fit into a small ziplock bag, freeing up lots of space.
- Bags can protect exterior water and gas valves in the wintertime.
- Take bags back to the store for reuse while shopping, or for recycling.
- Plastic bags keep dust away when storing off-season shoes, clothes.
- Take bags to the food bank/pantry for reuse.
- Use for sorting or storage of craft supplies.
- Use plastic sacks to cushion breakable items in boxes for storage or moving.
- Store outgrown clothing to await the next child in plastic bags.
- Use them to take clothing to the Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Clothing Drives in May, July or October
For the Holidays —
- Make Christmas wreaths with bags (ideas on Pinterest, in magazines, etc.)
- Hide presents from the family.
- Protect gifts from rain and snow during holiday trips and visits.
- To keep needles from your Christmas tree off the carpet, cut open a large trash bag and place under the stand.
- When you take the tree apart after the holidays, put the pieces into heavy plastic bags for storage or for transporting natural trees to a recycling site — but please remove and discard the bags once at the chipping site.
- Put a small 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 outdoor or waterborne 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 containers in cars.
- Containers for plants to be transplanted.
- Turn the big ones into ponchos.
- Use for clean-up after your animals.
- Bags can be hung on the door handles for quick containment.
- 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 when it is raining.
- Use as book covers.
Most grocery and department stores provide a bin near their front entrance where you can deposit plastic bags for recycling.