Whoever said plastic bags were only good for carrying groceries better think again!

The Many Uses Of Plastic Bags:

  • Use them as small trash can liners.
  • Use them as containers for soiled diapers
  • Use them as containers for used cat liter.
Use them for picking-up and disposing of dog poop!
Retrieve by turning the bag inside-out, putting your hand in it like a make-shift glove and grabbing the poop.
Once you've grabbed the poop, use your other hand to turn the bag right side out and the poop will magically be inside the bag.
Be sure to use a bag that doesn't have any holes in it!!!!!
  • Use them as mattress stuffing.
  • Use them as pillow stuffing.
  • Anyone who has ever received a package stuffed with plastic foam peanuts knows what a mess-waiting-to-happen this is. The peanuts that don't spill out all over the floor end up stuck to your shirt, pants, hair and even your hand when you're trying to scoop them up. What's more, they're not very environmentally friendly. The next time you send a package, spare the recipient the trouble of dealing with wayward peanuts: Use plastic bags as a mess-free option for cushioning materials. In fact, you can use bags for most of your stuffing needs (except the Thanksgiving turkey).
  • Tear a piece of the bag off and use it a seal before screwing a cap back onto a bottle or jar that might decide to leak.
  • Use them as a food-stain-proof cook book cover.
  • Use large plastic bags to keep lawn furniture covered.
  • Use them as small-but-handy lawn clean-up bags.
  • Use them to store wet beach towels in.

Use them to avoid putting money in a parking meter. 
Put the bag over the meter and tie the bag's handles together, then take a black magic marker and write "broken" on both sides in large block letters.

Preferably use bags that are a solid color, such as red or yellow.
  • Use them as luggage when traveling.
  • Use them as you would a rubber glove when you don't have rubber gloves handy.
  • Use them to carry large amounts of mail in.
  • Use them to help make a credit card or other magnetic stripped card swipe when the card by itself won't swipe by putting it inside the bag. Not sure why this one works but it does. I see people do it in truck stops constantly.
  • Use them as a kite to keep a kid (or yourself) amused.
  • Use them to catch stray paint droplets when you are painting.
  • Use them as flags.
  • Use a solid white one tied onto a pole as a truce flag.
  • Use a solid white one tied to your car antenna or rolled up in a road-facing window when you are parked on the side of the road in case your car breaks down.
  • Use them as rubber boots to keep your feet dry.
  • Use them as back packs for kids by putting their arms through the handles.
  • Use them as socks.
  • Use them as a doggie bag when you are in a restaurant and want to take a piece of chicken home with you in a purse or pocket.
  • Use them to store dirty clothes in when you are traveling.
  • Use them as a shoe-horn when trying on shoes at a garage sale.Use them to protect the plaster cast so you can take a shower after you break your foot.

Or use them to MAKE a Shower Cap!
As so brilliantly done by this woman in the video below!


  • Use them as diapers.
  • Use them as bandages.
  • Use them as freezer bags.
  • Use them to wrap up leftovers to keep them from drying out in the refrigerator.
  • Use them as bread bags for homemade bread made in an electric bread maker.
  • Use large ones to cover clothes in a closet or while traveling to keep the clothes clean.
  • Use large ones to slip over ceiling fan blades when cleaning the blades to catch the dust and keep it from falling on the floor.
  • Use them as a toy parachute.
  • Use them as handy sick bags when someone needs to barf...
  • Use one to wrap your lunch sandwiches in to keep it from getting soggy in a cooler with other items that might sweat.
  • Use a small one as a rain bonnet.
  • Use a big one as a raincoat
Put them on your wiper blades and mirrors in the winter to keep them free from snow and ice.
  • Use them as a cheap collectable -- nearly everyone seems to collect plastic bags either in their home or car or both.
  • Use one to hold your clothespins when you are hanging your clothes out to dry.
  • Use them as a trash can.
  • Store your shoes in plastic bags when you have them inside your suitcase to keep from making the rest of your clothing stink like your smelly feet.
Use one as a makeshift condom?
  • Use one to carry popcorn in.
  • Store wet paint brushes in them after you've washed out the paintbrush or if you're still painting and need to take a break.  Paint brushes will remain moist and dry out less quickly.
  • Use them to store rags in.
  • Use them as inexpensive home insulation.
  • Use them when re-upholstering boat seats between the foam padding and the vinyl upholstery to make the seats semi-water proof.
  • Use them to put used oil filters in to keep them from contaminating the rest of the trash.
  • Use them as flexible molds for the spray foam that hardens to fill in holes in walls, etc.
  • Use them as a porta-potty liner.

Great for ART Work!

Artist Helle Jorgensen has crafted an entire collection of sea creatures from old plastic bags.

From artisthelpingchildren.org

  • If the forecast calls for frost, you can protect delicate plants by placing a plastic bag over them the night before.
  • Use them for emergency toilet paper.
  • Use them for emergency tissue paper.
  • Use them as emergency socks.
  • Use them as emergency underwear.
  • Use them as a non-stick surface for rolling out dough.

Clothes made from Plastic!
Even though her work is more conceptual than wearable, check out these clothes made entirely of materials "headed for the trash" by cathykasdan.
(View more on her flickr page!)

If you're a gardener, you can also wrap plastic bags around your knees to cushion them and keep them clean and dry while you kneel over a flowerbed.

How It's Made

Do you have a great use for plastic bag(s)? Then tell us!

Main-Photo credit:  sooperkuh

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