Help the environment and save money by reusing your mesh produce bags. This is a guide about reusing mesh produce bags.
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Don't throw away the little net bag that your garlic came in! Put all your little chips of soap inside, tie the ends and use it as an exfoliator. You won't believe the amount of suds you will get out of your soap when using your new little bag. Use body soap inside and it's great for sloughing away dead skin from your elbows, knees and feet.
By attosa from Los Angeles, CA
I save the mesh bags from produce items, such as onions and shallots, the finer the mesh the better. Make sure there are no holes in the bag, other than those already in the mesh fabric. Cut off the ends of the bag to form a tube shape. Place a rubber band tightly at one end. Place small items that would fly around during the dishwasher cycle. Close the other open end with another rubber band, again, wound tightly. Put the mesh bag in an area of the dishwasher, preferably the top rack in a spot where the bag will stay put. Run your dishwasher, and voila! The small items will be clean, and the bag will be re-usable. Keep in mind to make certain the items you plan to wash are dishwasher safe.
Reuse mesh onion bags as pan scrubbers! Just stuff a few into one bag and then tie a knot at the end of the bag!
By Michele G from Buchanan, GA
A pot scrubber can be easily made from a mesh vegetable bag.
Approximate Time: 30 minutes
I used a mesh bag that melons come in from Costco.
By Dianajoyce from Willow Creek, CA
Plastic mesh bags made from the smaller stiffer mesh can be rolled up and used as a cleaning scratcher, then thrown in the dish washer to cleanup for the next use.
You can use turkey mesh bags to store sweet potatoes by threading a recycled shoe string through one end and tying it so you can hang them.
By Lucy from Ronald, WA
These plastic net bags make excellent dish scrubbers. I cut the paper top off and kind of roll it up like a sock, and it is fantastic!
By Robyn 
Use mesh produce bags, especially the colored ones, in place of lace for craft projects. It can be easily cut with scissors and adds texture without the expense of using lace.
By Rachel's Mom from Wilkesboro, NC
To save bringing home all those plastic produce bags, I save all the net bags that oranges, onions, etc. come in and take them to the store to put my fruits and vegs in them. They have almost no weight, so don't worry about paying extra at the scale. They wash and dry easy too!
By Barbara from B.C. Canada
Another use for the 'mesh onion bags' is for putting peanuts in and hanging on trees or the eaves of your home. I have been doing this for years and enjoy watching the chickadees and woodpeckers as they cling to the bags and eat away at the peanuts (unsalted of course). The mesh should be the smaller holes but are just as easy to find as the other. Tie a loose knot and put any type of hanger through the knot. This may be used over and over again.
By Willi from Calgary, Canada
I have saved and cut into squares the mesh (plastic) bags that potatoes, onions and some fruits come in.
You can use these to scrub resin lawn furniture. Use dish washer powder or baking soda and warm water paste. Rinse well. Another use is to scrub your garden pots before replanting in them. Also use them in the bottom of the pots to help keep the soil from running out the bottom.
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Does anyone know of a pattern for these, that is easy and quick?
By mcw 02/24/2012
Lots of patterns!
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You can also use the small ones to hang suet feeders in the trees for birds. Roll some shortening into birdseed, put inside the mesh and hang near your window.
I've also thought that you could wash the mesh well, put a sponge inside, weave string around to cinch closed and you have a homemade 'body polisher' for the shower. (I've seen them for sale in the beauty dept.)
Along those lines you could put soap in the mesh instead of a sponge and make soap on a rope. Now if you rinse out an old liquid detergent container (the huge ones with the spigot that sit on their sides), fill with water, hang the soap/mesh bag on the spigot, you have a wash station for camp or the worksite. (08/31/2004)
By SK (01/29/2005)
They are also good to clean the BBQ grill. Then just toss in the trash. Some jobs are just to yucky to try to reuse it. (01/29/2005)
I use the plastic mesh bags that contain vegetables and fruit as a scrub pad. I put a folded up old facecloth or a old small hand towel in the bag and tie the open end with a elastic band and voila, a super scrubber for everything you need to clean. When done, take out the rag, wash and use again the next time.
By Marie Rose from Calgary, Alberta, Canada
I am a firm believer in saving money and recycling when it comes to cleaning products. Take a mesh onion bag from produce and place a round sponge, a rolled dish washing cloth or even a scouring pad inside. Then knot the top of bag leaving a small amount to hang up or cut off the extra if you prefer. I then use it while washing dishes. You can make a lot of extras for other areas of home as well (like the bathroom).
By Lisa from Belle Vernon, PA