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Storing Plastic Bags in a Tissue Box

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Reusing empty grocery bags is becoming the norm. There are many ways to store them until you need them. Using an empty tissue box is actually reusing two types of packaging and reducing waste.


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By 11 found this helpful
January 13, 2010

Empty Kleenex boxes are great for storing plastic grocery bags. I put a box of them in the bathroom cabinet for use in the bathroom trash basket and under the kitchen sink for the kitchen trash can.


Also a Kleenex box makes a mini-trash basket to set near a desk or other area.

By Judy S. from North Dakota

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January 15, 20100 found this helpful
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I have been doing the same thing for years. Now I keep one in the lanai filled with bags. This is for DH to take with him to the dog park for scooping! When his is empty in the truck he swaps them and then I refill it.

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March 1, 20150 found this helpful
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I save the plastic bags I get for vegetables in the store in an empty tissue box in my kitchen for messy trash that I don't want to just throw in the big trash can--like bacon grease on a paper towel, chicken bones (I keep those in the freezer until trash day). The crows and buzzards know when trash day is here and they attack, so this puts an extra layer between them and their snacks.

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By 7 found this helpful
December 6, 2011

With I store all my plastic bags in empty tissue boxes. Just tuck them in and pull them out one by one as needed. It's so easy to grab for lining garbage cans, dog walks, or any other fast thing I might need them for.

By Shirley from Bradenton, FL

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April 22, 20130 found this helpful
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This is a great idea for truckers too. My husband has bags all over his truck because there's no place to store them. I'm going to give him a tissue box and it'll save him having to search for them. It'll also work to keep them on his dresser where I stash them till he gets home.

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October 18, 2010

I find that I can keep my miscellaneous small plastic bags that keep on coming in more or less in check by putting them into empty Kleenex boxes and putting them on a shelf. Much neater! And the boxes will really hold quite a few bags scrunched together.

By pamphyila from L.A., CA

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By 4 found this helpful
February 22, 2011

If you re-use zip-lock bags, use empty tissue boxes to store the bags. Fold them neatly so they pop out like tissue.

By fossil1955 from Cortez, CO

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By 2 found this helpful
November 3, 2016

I simply store my used plastic bags in an empty tissue box. Pretty and easy to retrieve! I use a smaller square tissue box under my bathroom sink to store spare bags to line my bathroom garage can.


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By 0 found this helpful
March 7, 2017

I love the idea. Is there a secial way to fold them so that they come out of the box easier (like tissue)?



March 7, 20170 found this helpful

Put one bag in bottom first. Loop the second bag bottom into the handle of the bag inserted before. Repeat until all the bags are done. Here is a video:  ch?v=Ukl5sOLQ1hk

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March 8, 20171 found this helpful

I did a tutorial on this here on ThriftyFun!

http://www.thri  Dispenser-1.html

Hope it helps!

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March 9, 20170 found this helpful

I use a tissue box for storing store bags because it is a convenient size to keep in different places - sometimes I use the small square size and other places the traditional long size according to the space available.
I guess that I have never had the patience or desire to fold my bags so I just check the bags for holes and stuff them in the boxes - usually just one bag comes free when needed - but that is just my way and should not reflect on anyone who wishes to be neater with their storage.

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October 18, 20100 found this helpful

I have been using Kleenex boxes to hold reusable plastic bags for years. Hold the bag at one end, then run your hand down it and fold like an accordion, back and forth. You can fit several in a box. The ones with plastic strips on top work best and the pure cardboard for the large bags.

Not only that but, check this out, take the Kleenex box to the grocery store like Basha's, etc. They are compact and you get .05 cents off for each bag you reuse. Kinda cool.

By Pamela from Sun Lakes, AZ

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February 17, 20100 found this helpful

I keep an empty facial tissue box in my desk drawer at work, (the pop-up kind of box), stuffed with empty plastic grocery bags. It holds about 10 or more bags. It comes in handy when you need a bag to carry something home in, or if someone else needs a bag. You can also keep a box of bags anywhere you think you may need to keep the bags handy, such as in your car, your garage, your basement, or hall closet.

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Kleenex box stuffed with plastic bags

Good tip. Just hope no one reaches in there thinking they will pull out a Kleenex. (05/19/2009)

By Anonymous

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January 13, 20100 found this helpful

Don't throw away those empty tissue boxes, instead, store plastic grocery bags in them; one in each bathroom, near baby changing stations, in garage. For the kitchen, I use an empty wine box, (the kind that comes in a bag in a box with a spout.) This is much neater than those fabric tubes on a string, that expand to the size of giant Kielbasa sausages.

By Morenrg from Austin, Texas


Tissue Boxes for Plastic Bags

I have been doing this for years as well as finding plastic boxes that you put a tissue box into {one with a bottom on them} and they work great.

I have cats and reuse the bags for cleaning the catbox and keep the plastic ones in the bathroom near the box! (10/05/2009)

By wolfbytez

Tissue Boxes for Plastic Bags

What a great tip! I save all my grocery bags, but I have been putting them in another bag and that takes up a lot of room. I will be saving my tissue boxes to put them in from now on. Thanks! (10/09/2009)

By sameoleme

Tissue Boxes for Plastic Bags

Great idea! If you have lots of bags and just want to store them you can also use the empty 12 can box that pop comes in. They have the hole(you know the one you put your hand thru) or you can just fill from the side.They also stack well. I have lots of bags :). (10/24/2009)

By caeridwen

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October 5, 20090 found this helpful

My daughter taught me this one. Fill an empty tissue box with the plastic carry bags you get that hold groceries. You can pull them out one by one. Nowdays, the tissue boxes come so that they match any room.

By Sally M from Buffalo, NY

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May 26, 20090 found this helpful

I have a great overflow of plastic grocery bags, which I like to keep under each sink in the house to use for various things, for example in the kitchen I use them to dispose of peels from veggies or any other item I want dispose of when I am cooking or cleaning up the kitchen In the bath areas, I keep them under the sinks to use for numerous things. I often have my grand babies overnight, and the plastic bags are handy to put wet and dirty diapers in and dispose.

We used a number of Kleenex tissues this winter and I tend to buy the ones that are decorative. Instead of tossing them out when empty, I stuff the plastic grocery bags in each empty tissue box and have a great storage box for the plastic grocery bags. Now they are hidden in a decorative tissue box and so easy to pull one out when needed.

By Bobbie from Rockwall


Tissue Boxes for Plastic Bags

Bobbie, that is an awesome idea! Thanks from Indiana. :)


By Lisa

Tissue Boxes for Plastic Bags

You can also use the mesh bags onions comes in. You can see how many you have and also it will hang up. I get really nice compliments on my bag holder. (03/31/2008)

By Nana B

Tissue Boxes for Plastic Bags

I do the same thing, except I use empty baby wipes containers! I even keep a container of bags on the back porch to empty the cat litter in. (03/31/2008)

By Linda in Alabama

Tissue Boxes for Plastic Bags

I used a tissue box once as a gift box. Cut the top of the box partially open, placed the shirt inside and taped the box top back down. Wrapped the gift as usual. When the recipient opened the giftwrap they thought they'd rec'd a box of tissues, till I explained, "no, there's something inside."They liked my gift as well as my unique gift box. (04/05/2008)

By badwater

Tissue Boxes for Plastic Bags

I reuse them also. I use them for storing used bread bags that I reuse for food storage. I also use them for rags. I roll the rags onto each other, this way I can grab one at a time. (I use these instead of paper towels.)

Trish in CT (04/07/2008)

By GirlNumber5

Tissue Boxes for Plastic Bags

This is one of my favorite ideas. My mother has been using these for years. I think she has one in every room, go figure. Now that my cute blue Ikea bag holder has bitten the dust, I guess I'm stuffing my pretty Kleenex boxes now. (06/04/2008)

By alcorn1871

Tissue Boxes for Plastic Bags

I use empty tissue boxes to store used dryer sheets that can be used again. Once a dryer sheet is no longer good to use in the dryer, I use it to clean out the lint filter. Saves the tips of the fingers and is disposable. (09/24/2008)

By Margaret

Tissue Boxes for Plastic Bags

What a great idea! That is a lot better than what I currently use. (a grocery bag to hold all the other rolled up grocery bags!) I will happily use your idea now! Thanks! (12/28/2008)

By VTMama

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