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Keeping Garbage Bags In Place

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It is annoying when the trash can bag liner slips down into the can as you add trash. This is a guide about keeping garbage bags in place.


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June 14, 2016

Cut off the elastic from pants or undergarments and use to keep trash bags from falling into can or anything you need to stay put.

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June 15, 20160 found this helpful

We JUST started doing this in our house last month. It's SO helpful. :)

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March 23, 2011

I try to recycle whenever I can and use the plastic bags that merchandise and food come in from stores for liners in my smaller garbage pails. I found that putting a rubber band around the rim, helps hold the bag from slipping when items get thrown in. Finding the correct size rubber band was like a needle in a haystack and I also found that they get brittle and break often.

I came up with this idea several months ago and have not used a rubber band since. I tried using girl's elastic head bands (you can get a package of 10 at a dollar store) and they work like a charm. They also last a long time. No more breaking or getting your fingers snapped!

By maryeruth from Palm Coast, FL

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March 24, 20110 found this helpful

Tie a knot at the edge of your plastic bag. That makes the opening smaller and it will fit snugly over your small wastebasket. A cleaning lady showed me this.

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November 21, 2010

When I buy trash bags that don't like to stay in place, I simply measure off a length of elastic, sew it together and fit it over the trash can. When the bag is put into the can we simply pull the elastic over the edges and this keeps it from moving. We never take the elastic off, (except to clean it) we simply push it down a little, lift out the bag, and replace it.


By Gem from VA

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November 19, 20110 found this helpful

I tried this. Worked fine till a bit of trash went into the bag. Then the weight of the trash caused the bag to drop lower in the can, pulling it out of the elastic.

So now I use 4 of those black clips that you get in the stationary department at Wal Mart. No more sagging bags!

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March 29, 20054 found this helpful

I like to use plastic grocery bags as trash liners for the small trash cans in my house but they have a way of falling inside the can which is annoying.


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May 30, 2012

When installing a new trash bag in my trash can, I found when putting trash in it some times the bag would slip down. I solved that problem by wetting the outside of the top part of the can with a little soap and water.


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September 28, 2010

Tired of having the trash bag pull off the rim of the can when you toss something a bit heavy in the can? Take a piece of elastic from the sewing basket and make a large "rubber band."


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May 14, 2013

Use the right size garbage bag. If you know your garbage can size, you can figure out which bag your can will be able to hold.


February 5, 20050 found this helpful

Does your kitchen garbage bag fill up and fall off the wire rim? I solved this problem with two small hair clips, one on each side of the bag. Never had the bag fall off since. By Ann


November 27, 20040 found this helpful

In our effort to stuff our trash bags to the fullest we can't always slide them out of the can without great effort or breakage. The solution to this is to put one bag in the can and then put one on top on the first one.



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December 6, 2011

I have a beautiful ceramic bathroom wastebasket and I was wondering if I could use double sided tape to hold the liner inside? I bought some 3 gallon liners, but they keep slipping down inside the wastebasket. Any suggestions?


By Onesummer

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December 7, 20110 found this helpful

Have you thought of paper bags that have the structure to free stand?

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December 7, 20110 found this helpful

I also place the bag in the can and then knot one corner after folding the top of the bag over the can.

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December 8, 20110 found this helpful

Someone suggested, probably on this site, to put those self sticking hooks (small) on the sides (inside or outside) of container and then hang the bags on them. Two should do it.

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October 7, 20100 found this helpful

I was having trouble keeping the waste paper basket bag from falling inside the basket. Well, a bungy strap that fits a little snug works great. No more slipping.

By Joyce from Tennessee


Keeping Bags from Falling into the Wastebasket

You can also just tie one corner of the bag in a small knot and the bag will fit snuggly. (03/01/2007)


Keeping Bags from Falling into the Wastebasket

You can also use the clips from the office supply store. The size would depend on the thickness of the basket.

We use the large ones for our trash barrels.

Laine (03/02/2007)

By Laine Butterworth

Keeping Bags from Falling into the Wastebasket

I used to take a piece of 1/4" elastic and cut to the right length and tie the ends together or else sew them together and slip that over the edge of the bag. (08/12/2009)

By redhatterb

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September 4, 20160 found this helpful

I buy hair bands at the Dollar Tree, they are usually 8 in a pkg.

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March 23, 20110 found this helpful

If the trash bag in your kitchen garbage bucket keeps slipping down, simply cut the elastic off the waist band from an old pair of panty hose and slip it around the top, securing the bag to the outside of the garbage can.

By Gretchen from Aberdeen, SD


Keeping Bags from Falling into the Wastebasket

I use the elastic from an old pair of my husband's briefs that I cut off. lol. Works like a charm. God Bless.

By Trish in CT

Keeping Bags from Falling into the Wastebasket

I used a piece of elastic from my sewing basket. I just cut off the length that I needed and tied a knot in it. It has been working great on my tall kitchen plastic trash container for several years. Before the elastic, the plastic bag was constantly sliding down when anything heavy was thrown in. (10/08/2010)

By Kathryen

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November 21, 20100 found this helpful

To keep plastic trash bags in place, I cut a length of 1/4 inch elastic and tie the ends together - like forming a large rubber band. Slip this over the bag, at the rim of the can. Works very well for kitchen trash cans and bathroom wastebaskets.

By Chris from Levittown, PA

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