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I always save my net vegetable bags and use them for a variety of things, like:
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!
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
This is a guide about making a mesh produce bag earring display. Reuse a plastic mesh bag to create a convenient earring display for yourself or as an inexpensive gift.
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.
This is a guide about making a recycled mesh bag pot scrubber. Mesh produce bags can find a second calling as a pot scrubber.
We are making up little beach/park/vacation/school trip bags with recycled netted onion bags. The kids keep all their things together by throwing their sunglasses, comb, sunscreen, sanitizer, change purse and incidentals in their own individual bags.
This guide is about uses for mesh orange bags. Recycle your mesh bags in a variety of useful ways.
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The mesh bags that onions come in are effective for washing small items in the dishwasher. It will hold all the items in place so that they won't wind up in the bottom of the dishwasher. (08/31/2004)
I got the 10 lb size from my grocery store. In fall, I fill them with the leaves I'm raking and use them to cover my rose bushes, just use rocks to weigh them down. They're still in great condition after 6 yrs.
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.
My daughter uses those mesh bags to scrub off her bird's perches and ladders. They scrape off the icky stuff and scour the wood without having to use steel wool which might leave bits of metal for the bird. We usually cut them down into pieces if it's a large bag. (08/31/2004)
By Allison Dey
The best idea I have heard is to take a mesh bag, add several used soap pieces, close and hang close to your outdoor water spigot. Great to wash yours, or kis, dirty hands before coming in the house. (08/31/2004)
Hi, In Australia you can buy plastic sponge type handheld scrubbers for non-stick fry-pans (skillets) and saucepans but they can be expensive. I found myself in a bind once when I wanted to get some gunk of my pan and had nothing to use. I remembered a friend told me that the onion bags scrunched up make good scrubbers. When they wear out just find another. I usually try to keep one or 2 under the sink just in case. Make sure there are no metal clips or tags that might scratch the non-stick surface. It is guaranteed to get off hard to shift burnt offerings without scratching the surface.
These home made scrubbies are also great for getting Bugs off your windshiled.Keep one in the car in a zipper bag with a little dishwater on it. The bugs come of & any residue can be rinsed off using the rinse button with the wipers or with bottled water. Or even with water left in your cup from fast food lunch. (09/21/2004)
I wash out the mesh bag that my onions come in and use it to store toys for the car. That way everything is together in the car. Use a bread bag clip or a rubber band to close the mesh bag.
By SK (01/29/2005)
In the garden, I use the onion bags to put in the bottom of flower pots. Helps keep the potting soil in and lets the water drain out. When the plants are ready to be removed to the garden you can rinse them off and use them again. I used some in the bottom of this work boot. LOL
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)
By Vi Johnson
I use mesh bags as scrubbies when I am washing dishes and pots (01/30/2005)
If you have indoor cats and have trouble keeping them out of your plants, just put the mesh bags around the base of the plant. They don't like it because it gets caught in their paws and you can water as usual. (02/05/2005)
Use them to store flower bulbs in. (03/30/2006)
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
They are also good to put on the dirt in your house plants. Cats won't get into your plants , they don't like the mesh. Their claws get tangled in it. (06/13/2006)
By LEONA LABINE
You can use these bags as bird feeders also. You can buy suet --commercial or at the grocery store. Just place it in the bag and hang from a tree. Woodpeckers love suet. (06/18/2006)
By Peg Ward