Uses for Mesh Orange Bags

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I use the net onion bags for trips to the farmers market to carry home our veggies. Also some I cut up to use in the bottom of pots when planting to hold the dirt in.

And hang one for garden tools. After a day of digging, wash them off and hang in the bag to dry, so they don't have dried mud/dirt on them the next time you need to use them.

By Vi Johnson from Moorpark, Ca.

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DH has been working on a shed for our back yard. He is making it from repurposed fence lumber. I was watching him work today since I'm not allowed to play with his power toys. I noticed 2 or 3 pairs of garden gloves just lying about waiting to be lost. I came into the kitchen and retrieved a mesh bag from our last purchase of oranges.


I snooped around in my sewing stash and came up with a pair of white shoe strings, strung them through the mesh with a small safety pin and voila! a hanging bag for gloves. It cost practically no money or time. At minimum wage, maybe it would have cost 11 cents.

By Marty Dick from Knoxville, TN

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When I buy 3 pounds of onions, they come in a mesh kind of bag. But as time rolls along, the onions' skins come off, fall out of the bag and make a mess. I found that using a 8 pound naval orange mesh bag seems to keep the skins from going everywhere. I don't know if the holes are a different size but I no longer have the mess.

Works great for me and I wanted to share.

By Becky from Madison, OH

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February 9, 2018

How can you use plastic mesh produce bags to secure fresh or silk flowers? I have a tall glass vase and need to secure the silk flowers as I place them inside of it. I have a lot of the plastic mesh produce bags, so I tried to tape a piece of the mesh on the opening of the vase. It didn't work. I thought it would be a good idea to use the mesh since it looks similar to a type of mesh florists use to secure flowers inside vases.


Does anyone have any ideas?


February 10, 20180 found this helpful
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Have you considered putting a floral sponge in the bottom of the vase to hold the flowers in place. This way you can arrange your mesh around the opening of the vase, then add your flowers, and finish the job off with arranging the mesh in peaks or how ever you want it to look.

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February 13, 20180 found this helpful
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Do your silk flowers with same length stems or are you trying to use fresh or silk flowers with different length stems?

  • With same length stems it seems you could make a ball of the mesh and push to the bottom of the vase (with no need to attach to top) and your stems would hold them down (do not add water with fresh flowers until your design is set).
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  • If the mesh does not stay down or you have different length stems then you could try placing some of the colorful pebbles/stones in the middle of the mesh before dropping it to the bottom of the vase. These are inexpensive (and can be used over and over) and can be found at most big box stores, dollar stores or any craft store as well as on line.
  • Small smooth pebbles or rocks may also work and can be found in many areas.
  • Don't forget: most of these bags have heavy dye so you might want to hand wash them before placing in your vase.
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June 19, 2009

How do you reuse onion and orange mesh bags?


Reusing Onion and Orange Mesh Bags

For quite sometime I have used the orange mesh bags to make kitchen scrubbies. Use about three and fold and stack and using a long weaving needle, do a running stitch down the center of the folded mesh bags and draw up tightly and place a plastic zip tie in the center ... pull tight and trim the excess zip tie, then fluff it out. The orange mesh bags work the best for this. My daughters really like them. Best of all they are FREE. The onion bags I use to put fresh garlic in or maybe a few special onions and store in a wire three-level wire hanging basket along with a sweet potato or a few baking potatoes. (06/04/2002)


By Syd Barr

Reusing Onion and Orange Mesh Bags

I spray painted it gold; drew it up over a gold Legs pantyhose container and tied and trimmed at the top. Added a head, hair and wings to make a Christmas Angel. I also used a copper scrubber for the hair on the angel. (06/04/2002)

By longfarm

Reusing Onion and Orange Mesh Bags

We use mesh bags to put at the bottom of pots when we put plants in pots. It helps to hold the soil together, and assists in keeping the soil from draining out of the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot. In winter, you can double these bags (depending on the size of the mesh), put suet in them, and hang them in the trees for the birds to eat from. -Tom (06/05/2002)

By admin

Reusing Onion and Orange Mesh Bags

I use the mesh bags to hang suet in for the birds in the wintertime. - Marna (06/05/2002)

By admin


Reusing Onion and Orange Mesh Bags

The plastic mesh bags that oranges come in can be used in camping. When you wash your dishes, you put the wet dishes in the bags and hang them to dry. In big groups like Scouts, this works great. It keeps each persons dishes separate and kids are more likely to wash their dishes if they don't have to dry them. - Kathy (06/05/2002)

By admin

Reusing Onion and Orange Mesh Bags

I use the mesh bags to hold the "Moss" that is put around my ivy in a hanging basket, so it won't get on my carpet in the winter when I have to bring my plants in. - Sheila (06/06/2002)

By admin

Reusing Onion and Orange Mesh Bags

I use them for hanging wet bath tub toys from the shower head. - Susan (06/06/2002)

By admin

Reusing Onion and Orange Mesh Bags

Please, please, if using mesh bags to hang suet, etc. from trees for the birds, be careful and watch them closely. I used to use the bags for this until one cold day 2 years ago, I saw a little wren hanging upside down, on the bag, with wings flapping wildly! On closer inspection, I found that it's feet got entangled in the netting; and had I not been here to set it free, it would have broken it's legs or worse, frozen to death! I don't use them for this purpose anymore. - Nellie (06/08/2002)

By admin

Reusing Onion and Orange Mesh Bags

Stuff it with batting or I suppose even panty hose and seal/tie off the end . Kids have a very soft (and light) ball that can be used inside. Great for the under 2 crowd (09/24/2002)

By ldyblunh

Reusing Onion and Orange Mesh Bags

I use the onion bags to store my metal and plastic lids in, I have several on 1 hook leaving enough of an opening to add or remove the different sizes. I also have a bar soap in 1 in the Garden for easy cleanup it's tied on a branch close to the faucet this way I don't lose it. (07/04/2007)

By Babette

Reusing Onion and Orange Mesh Bags

I use them for hanging shark chum off the stern. They love it and if they tear it up, no big deal. (05/17/2008)

By Erik

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