Each and every trip to the store you return home with a quantity of goods and groceries, but you also bring home a bundle of plastic bags. Everyone knows that plastic bags are bad for the environment, but what can we do? Here are some great tips to use and reuse those plastic store bags. There is no need to toss out those plastic bags right after putting away the groceries. Now, you will want to keep them in a convenient location to use them again and again.
A convenient way to reuse your plastic bags is to stash some in the car, your luggage, and the diaper bag. You never know where you will be when you need to use a plastic bag for wet or soiled clothing. A sudden illness during a car trip can be less traumatic if a plastic bag is handy. It isn’t the cute little bag from the airplanes, but it will serve the same purpose if needed.
If you travel away from home for a night or to, you can use your plastic grocery bags to store your shoes in your luggage. This will keep your clothing and accessories from getting dirty from the bottoms of your shoes. Toss in an extra plastic bag or two to corral your dirty duds for the trip home.
No diaper bag is complete without some plastic bags. We all know ho often youngsters soil their clothing, but sometimes mom gets involved, too. Bring along a bag or two in the diaper bag right along with an extra shirt or outfit for both mom and baby.
Everyone loves making crafts. When you find a plastic bag with a hole in it, don’t toss it in the trash. You can use the ripped bag to create a nice mat for wiping your feet. Check online for a crochet pattern to make this project. You will transform trash into treasure with this terrific idea.
Children and parents love to teach others about the importance of recycling. Educate while having fun creating a kite out of your old plastic bags from the store. Choose bags that are intact and free of holes. Tie the handles of the bag together using some string or yarn from around the house. If you want to create a tail for the kite, use small pieces of old T-shirts. Windy days are more fun and the environment is happy, too.
You can save money by recycling your old plastic bags from the store. Instead of buying expensive rubber gloves, cover your hands with the plastic bags for cleaning up dirty messes. This tip is perfect for responsible pet owners. If you walk your dog around the block and he does his business, you can use the plastic grocery bag to clean it up in a safe and sanitary way.
Here is how to do it. Place your hand inside the bag and check it for rips or holes. After selecting a bag that is together, place it over your hand, bend down and pick up the mess using the bag as a glove. Gently turn the bag inside out keeping the contents inside the bag. Your hand will be clean and the mess is contained. To keep the contents of the bag from smelling, tie a knot in the bag as close to the contents as possible. Pull the bag tightly and wrap a loop around the bag and pull both handles through the loop. Leaving the bag loosely tied just using the handles of the bag will not effectively contain any odor.
Instead of purchasing those expensive little trash bags for your bathroom trash can, use a bag you have brought home from the store. If you prefer a lightly scented bag, try placing a dryer sheet or to in the bottom of the trash can to achieve the same effect.
There are so many fabulous ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Do your part and save cash by recycling your plastic grocery bags.