Reusing Storage Bags

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Storage bags, chances are you have them at home and lots of them. They are very useful, help contain messes and make putting things away easy. We could go through lots of them fast and be wasteful but we don’t have to, we can reuse them.

To reuse them even if not to hold foods, I suggest you wash them first. To wash them well you need to turn the bag completely inside out (make sure the corners are completely out) and wash with warm and soapy water. I use a baby bottle dryer to dry storage bags but you could also use a pencil holder with some pens to hold your bags up to dry.

If you are thinking of reusing your storage bags for food storage keep this in mind: never re-use bags that have kept raw or even cooked meat or eggs in them. The risk for salmonella contamination is too high. If you would like to avoid this risk altogether there are many ways you can give a storage bag a second life. Here are some ideas:

  1. Use as a pastry bag
  2. Use as a travel toiletry bag. The TSA has made using storage bags to carry toiletries a requirement now.
  3. Keep toy parts together
  4. Keep puzzle pieces together
  5. Keep electronics parts and manuals together.
  6. Keep in your gym/pool bag to carry wet items
  7. Make a travel fun kit for your kids to keep them entertained: put small toys, crayons, small pieces of paper.
  8. Keep in your diaper bag to hold stinky diapers

By reusing storage bags not only are you saving money but you are also being less wasteful of your resources. Being frugal is not only about saving our resources but also about being resourceful with what we already have.

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  • Jen Holt

    i thought i was the only one who did this!

  • Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama

    We just had a discussion on my organizing forum about this- how do you store your bags?

  • Mercedes

    Hi Melissa,
    I actually use an empty box to hold the old bags. The box used to hold new bags at some point.


  • Baba

    I’ve been re-usings storage bags for a long time now. My daughter thought I was crazy. Nice to know I’m not alone.

  • GiddyRobinMama

    Whenever we move we use them to store the nails and bolts and tape it to the furniture/bedrail.

  • Mary

    My kids are aged 6 & 3. When we travel I use varing sized bags to pack their clothes in.

    I that the gallon sized bags will hold an entire outfit & usally an extra top or shorts for the 6 year old.

    The quart size would hold an entire outfit for the 3 year old during the summertime.

    I also use a gallon sized bag to hold soiled undergarments & socks.

    Using the bags allows me to put more in the luggage, keeps things organized & allows the kids to just pick a bag of clothes to wear.

    When we return home, the clothes in the bags, with the exception of the soiled bag, are still clean. We also keep these bags in the luggage for our next trip.

    *To remove air from bags, zip the top alost entirely, then press the air out of the bag. Once the air is removed, finsh closing the bag.

  • Tuinmeubels

    I am happy that i am not alone in this field..ihihi