Reusing Plastic Produce Bags

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Produce bags covering a blender and other small kitchen items.I've seen a lot of tips on reusing grocery bags. I've even contributed a couple, myself. But, what about those produce bags? I haven't seen any tips on reusing them? Here are a few ways I reuse them.


We all have things in our kitchens we use only occasionally. After using them, we wash and dry them, and put them away. There they sit, gathering dust and a film. The next time we get them out, we see it would be best to give them a good washing before using.

I have a decanter from Czechoslovakia. I haven't put it out in years. Every time I run across it, I see it needs washing again. No more. This time, I covered it with a produce bag and closed the bag tightly. I may put it out again if I ever find the long spire stopper that goes with it. If and when I do, it won't have to be washed, first.

My blender? I never use it the winter time. When I get it out in the spring, I see it needs a thorough cleaning. Before washing, I use a paint brush to remove dust between all the push buttons. I'd rather not have to attend to these domestic chores just before having my first piña colada of the season. Now, I won't have to. Covering it with produce bags before putting it away, takes care of that.

And beer mugs? I have too many. I can't resist buying one, occasionally. At Dollar Tree, they're just a dollar. There are very heavy. I use them for kitchen utensils. I have all my slotted screwdrivers in one and all my Phillips screwdrivers in another. I've found a lot of uses for them and I still have extras. They collect dust and film. Not any more.

Now, all those I don't use are put into produce bags and stored on an out of the way cabinet shelf. It's not likely I'll be giving an impromptu beer party, but if I do, my mugs will be ready without washing. Well, almost ready. They'll need to be in the freezer for a while.

I have some of my mother's figurines packed away. They were first put in these bags before wrapping in newspaper. I keep a couple of oil lamps for emergencies. The glass chimneys are put in these bags. Should I need them, they'll shed their light strong and clear without washing, first.

There must be hundreds of items not in regular use that could be covered with these bags. Care to add to the list?


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January 14, 20170 found this helpful

Well, I have to admit, I have only used these to collect cat litter but I will be thinking about this tip as I also have a few things that are used only occasionally and always have to be recleaned.
Thanks for your suggestion.

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January 14, 20171 found this helpful

I have a juicer and I use a plastic produce bag from the grocery store which I put it in the pulp catcher of the juicer. The plastic produce bag enables me to clean up the juicer much quicker and the bag can be tied up and discarded easily.

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January 15, 20170 found this helpful

I save these and other small plastic bags, such as bread bags, for messy trash. Our trash is only picked up once a week, so if I have greasy paper towels from frying bacon, or food scraps that don't go in the disposal, or chicken bones, or coffee grounds, I'll use these to contain them.


If it's going to be a while until trash day, I'll freeze the bag and then put it in the regular trash the night before.

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January 15, 20171 found this helpful

P.S. These could also be used for traveling. Slip shoes into these bags and you don't have to worry about your shoes getting your clothes dirty, put bottles of liquid such as shampoo/conditioner/lotion in them, and in case something breaks or a lid comes off, your other items won't get the stuff on them.

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January 14, 20190 found this helpful

We have to pay for bags so I recycle everything I can. Produce bags hold leftovers, a few packages of foil-wrapped frozen chicken or chopmeat, daily pet food cans for recycling pickup; when I empty one I clean/chop contents on top of it, then throw all away; the larger ones (like bananas) fit perfectly inside bathroom and bedroom wastebaskets.

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