Practical Secrets for Plastic Bags | Reader's Digest

Practical Secrets for Plastic Bags

These everyday items are useful all-around -- and cost next to nothing!

from Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things

Line a cracked flower vase

Grandmother’s beautiful flower vase is a sight to behold when it’s filled with posies. The problem is the vase leaks from a large crack that runs its length. Line the vase with a plastic bag before you fill it with water and add a bouquet, giving fresh life to a treasured heirloom.

Stuff crafts or pillows

There are a number of ways to stuff a craft project: with beans, rice, fabric filler, plastic beads, pantyhose, and so on. But have you ever tried stuffing a craft item or throw pillow with plastic bags? There are plenty on hand, so you don’t have to worry about running out, and you’re recycling.

Drain bath toys

Don’t let Rubber Ducky and all of the rest of your child’s bath toys get moldy and create a potential hazard in the tub. Instead, after the bath is done, gather them up in a plastic bag that has been punctured a few times. Hang the bag by its handles on one of the faucets to let the water drain out. Toys are collected in one place, ready for the next time.

Make a laundry pocket pickin’s bag

You may think that the laundry’s all done, until you open the dryer to find a tissue paper left in someone’s pocket has shredded and now is plastered all over the dryer drum. Hang a plastic bag near where you sort laundry. Before you start the wash, go through the pockets and dump any contents in the bag for later sorting.