As a prepper, you have to become an expert at repurposing ordinary items that you find around the house. For instance a 55-gallon drum was never meant to be a grill, but it makes a sweet smoker! That five gallon bucket might be intended for hauling water, but it makes a perfect emergency car kit.
One of the most common items that almost every household has is the plastic grocery bag. These things are all over the average house. Most people have a grocery bag filled with other grocery bags. Other people have specially made holder that they place their empty grocery bags in until they need them for later use.
If you have an abundance of old plastic grocery bags collecting in your home, it’s time to put them to work! Here are 15 ways that you can reuse plastic grocery bags in your home.
- Poop Scoopers
Be a courteous neighbor and take along a plastic grocery bag when you take your dog for a walk. All you have to do is wear the bag like a glove, reach down and pick up the poo, and then turn the bag inside out. You never actually touch the poo on your skin and the neighbors are happy the poo is not in the road or on the yard.
- Bubble Wrap
Packing can be a nightmare of an ordeal. Wrapping your breakable items in bubble wrap can also be expensive. However if you wrap them in plastic bags you can save time and money.
Whenever we go on vacation I am always using plastic bags to hold items. I typically use them to hold the kids games and electronics. They are also wonderful for carrying the grocery items you need as well. One of my favorite uses for those old plastic bags is to wrap up shampoo, lotion, or soap before adding those items to the suitcase. Then if they accidentally spill during our travels, the mess is contained to the plastic bag and doesn’t ruin everyone’s clothes.
- Trash Can Liner
These little plastic bags are the perfect size for the smaller trashcans that we keep in our bathrooms and even in our cars. They make great trash can liners.
- Trick-Or-Treat Bags
This one should be very self-explanatory. While you can spend a couple dollars to buy a cute trick or treat bag that features a jack-o-lantern or scarecrow, an ordinary grocery bag will work just as well and you can sae a few dollars in the process.
- Lunch Box
These bags were made to carry your grocery items so why not allow them to carry the food you made with the groceries? It might not be the most stylish approach, but it works in a pinch.
- Recycle Help
Hang a few of the bags by the trashcan and you will have a sure fire way to separate the recyclables to make sorting easier on trash day.
- Save Your Plants
You can cover your outdoor plants with bags before a frost and they will make it through unscathed.
- Brush/Roller Saver
Paint brushes and rollers dry out quickly once they have been set aside. If you need a break why not wrap your items in a plastic bag? It will keep them from drying out. I have seen this work for a roller that was almost 5 days old.
- Diaper Remover
A dirty diaper is one of the foulest smelling items in the world. Even if you toss it in the trashcan right away, the odor will linger and you will smell it every time you open the garbage can. Place the diaper in a plastic bag and then tie it shut and toss the whole bag in the garbage. It will seal the odor inside.
- Water Proof Pack
Plastic grocery bags are great for keeping your wallet or purse or keys from getting wet when you are at the pool. Throw them items in a plastic grocery bag and then place that inside your regular pool bag. You’ll be thankful for the added protection when your kids assault you with water guns!
- Ice Pack
The bags tie easily and hold water well. That makes them a wonderful ice pack on a budget.
- Boot Stuffer
You can stuff the bags inside boots or other items that can lose their shape. The bags will mold your boots so that they maintain their proper shape between wears.
- Drop Cloth
A plastic bag is a great option for keeping your floors clean of debris and paint. On smaller projects you can lay the bags around the work zone and they will keep the zone clean.
- Kid’s Parachute
Kids love plastic bags. Of course, small kids should not use because they could be a choking hazard. However a more mature kid, say 10+ will have a ball attaching the bags to a toy and then using the bag as a parachute.
The options for using those old plastic grocery bags are endless. You just have to be a little creative. What are some other ways that you recycle the bags in your house?