Storing Plastic Grocery Bags

July 12, 2012

A white plastic grocery bag.I found that if I take a plastic bag and smooth it out and fold it up small, I can get several into a large prescription bottle which then goes in my purse or tote. You'll always have a plastic bag when you need one and you're away from home.


By Marti S. from Athens, GA

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December 18, 2010

I converted an old garment bag into a plastic bag holder. I put a clothes hanger in the hole of the garment bag and hung it on a hook in my garage. I zipped it up about half way and crammed all my plastic bags in it.


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March 29, 2017

I don't have a dresser, so my clothes are hung up. One of the things I found vexing was where to keep my socks. This is the idea I came up with.


Hang a grocery bag from the little slots you find on most plastic hangers these day.

A bag of socks hanging in the closet.


January 28, 2019

I consistently use plastic grocery bags for two things: my husband's lunch and poop patrol for my 3 large dogs. After putting the groceries away I would have a bag of bags. I tried rolling them up to put in a plastic container but it took FOREVER to it, although I did like the idea of having them neat and orderly and ready for use.

A messy pile of plastic grocery bags.


April 20, 2011

Plastic bag clutter? Quickly smooth the bag. Starting on one side, roll into a sausage. Now tie it in a single knot then tuck each end in.


This takes up the space of a small baseball and is neat and tidy. A small container with a lid will keep them contained.


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March 7, 2018

You can keep your plastic bags organized in this empty foil box. No more bags cluttering your home and keeps your plastic bags neat. If you would like, you can paint or decorate the box too but, since I store this box in the cupboard, I don't need to.

Plastic bags being stored inside a cardboard box.


December 27, 2011

I use old Kleenex boxes or wipes containers to store my plastic bags. I try to organize them by size. For the kitchen, I need larger bags to fit my waste basket.


In the bathroom or for recyclables, I can use smaller sizes.


May 6, 2011

For storing plastic bags, one tip I liked was to use an unused jacket in your hall closet. Stuff plastic bags into the sleeve facing the door. When you need one, pluck it from the sleeve cuff. Nary a problem ending up with two or three.


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April 19, 2012

Keep all your plastic bags in an empty paper towel roll. This makes it easier to access them, and keeps them organized.


January 18, 2012

Take a child's onesy pajamas with feet. Then sew up the cuffs at opening. If you want to, sew the upper arms where connected to the body of PJs.


March 24, 2009

Take a large mesh orange or grapefruit bag that has a draw string type handle from your store bought produce. Snip a bottom corner of the bag off.


Insert grocery bags or cleaning rags. It hangs where you wish as well as easy pull out from bottom corner.


October 15, 2008

Take a piece of fabric, fold it over and sew side. Hem each end leaving space for the draw string. Run a draw string at the top with a string to hang the container on a nail. Run elastic around the bottom and pull together.


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September 6, 2017

Cut the bottom off a 2 litre plastic bottle. Put your bags in through the bottom. Pull one out through the top. When you need one, just pull through the opening.

A collection of plastic bags stored in a pop bottle.


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July 18, 2012

Where can I buy "storage" bags to put plastic sacks in?

By Beth from NE


July 18, 20120 found this helpful

You can get them at almost any department store with cute designs but they are super easy to make. Take the sleeve of any long sleeved shirt. Cut a 16" length of the sleeve and turn under a 1 inch hem either sewing, with liquid fabric glue, or iron on hemming tape like stitch witch.


Thread a piece of elastic, cut 1/2 the circumference of the top of the sleeve, and join the ends to make a loose stretchy top. Thread a piece of elastic 1/4 the circumference through the bottom to make a tighter stretchy hole in the bottom.

Attach a little loop of ribbon and hang it on a hook either on your kitchen wall (if you can match your color scheme) or inside a cabinet door, Voila! a handy, dandy plastic bag holder. Lightly stuff the bags in the top and pull out through the bottom hole.

July 20, 20121 found this helpful

I store mine in an empty kleenex box and I find I can stack them too. Some days I just need a lot of them, other days I don't. I also like the tip from another reader about storing them in large medicine bottles and stashing in the car, purse or totes. Another place to stash them is in an empty wipes container. Good luck!

July 23, 20120 found this helpful

You can fold several of the plastic bags into small squares and store them in you pocketbook. Then if you forget to bring your own bags into the store you can use these. once folded they take almost no space. you could keep them in a little change purse.

August 26, 20121 found this helpful

An old tube sock will hold about 50 bags. I cut a small hole in the toe for dispensing. I also wad up about 4 bags in a toilet tissue tube and stash them in the car.

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March 8, 2017

Here is a handy way to store extra plastic bags that can easily be made from a common bandana. This is a page about bandana storage tube for plastic bags.

A storage tube for plastic bags made from bandanas.


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April 20, 2011

Here's a great way to store your extra plastic bags such as the ones you get at grocery stores and other stores. Fold the bag in half lengthwise.


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