Whether you use a bag-for-life, a rucksack or even a suitcase for your food and clothes shopping, sometimes you can forget to take them out with you and end up taking plastic bags home instead.
You can often see discarded carrier bags on the ground or hanging in trees, and we all know they can last for very long periods of time in landfill sites.
I've found a number of ways you can reuse plastic bags - some of which you really won't expect. If you like the post, please share it with your friends - we're trying to spread the word about Expert Home Tips!
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1. Make a Flowerpot
This is a mighty great way to use your leftover plastic bags - making your very own flowerpot out of them! All you need are around 8 medium-to-large thin plastic bags and a large crochet hook. You can view the brilliant tutorial at MamiMadeIt.blogspot.com.
2. In your holiday suitcase
Plastic bags prove themselves quite useful when you're going on holiday. Use them to protect any liquids such as perfumes or shampoo bottles in your luggage. You can also put shoes in them to keep dust away from your clothes. For more great tips like this, check out Genius Holiday Hacks: for your Suitcase.
3. In the Bathroom Bin
Line your bathroom bin with spare plastic bags and save yourself from spilling floss, empty toothpaste tubes, and more all over the floor! When the bag is full, just tie up the top and chuck it in your bin. Easy.
4. Make a skipping rope
This is a great way to re-use plastic bags, and the kids will love it too. All you need are some plastic bags, scissors, and some tape. This is a great idea for the summer, so why not check it out now at ChildhoodList.blogspot.co.uk?
5. For car sickness
Keep some plastic bags in your car just in case a passenger gets car sick. Don't forget to make sure the bags don't have any holes in them first! You might even choose to double-bag them to further prevent any leakages...
6. In your car boot
If you've got bottles of washer fluid, oil, de-icer and cloths in your car boot, keep them individually wrapped in plastic bags. This will prevent spillages and keep them tidy.
7. Make a pair of sandals
We can't actually believe you can make a pair of sandals using plastic bags. For instructions on how to make them, check out mleak's post at Crafster.org.
8. Food prep bin
If your kitchen bin is far away from where you prepare food, hang a plastic bag on a drawer. This way you can slide all your peelings and empty packaging into it. You can have two plastic bags hanging on each corner - one for recycling and one for general waste.
9. For car rubbish
Whether it's empty sweet wrappers or fast-food rubbish, you're bound to experience an untidy car every now and again. Keep a few plastic bags in your car for a quick clean or, even better, tell everyone to use it as a car bin bag from the start.
10. Storage for other plastic bags
Keep all your plastic bags in one bag so it's easier to grab one out at a time. I usually keep mine below the sink or on the back of the kitchen door.
11. Weave a basket
If you're creative, you'll want to try making one of these lovely wrapped baskets. You can find instructions on how to do it at RadMegan.com.
12. Protect outdoor taps
Freezing temperatures? Look after your outdoor taps in the winter by taping lots of plastic bags over them.
13. Protect your car
If it's a cold harsh winter, use your spare plastic bags to cover your cars wing-mirrors and windscreen wipers. This will save you having to scrape ice off them.
14. Clothes wrap
Prevent your winter or summer clothes from being eaten by moths and wrap them all up in plastic bags.
15. Clothes hanger cover
If you have a lot of metal hangers that just don't have any grip, fret no longer! You can reuse plastic bags to create great covers for your hangers. To make your Recycled Plastic Hanger cover today, follow these fabulous instructions detailed at MyRecycledBags.com.
16. Parcel padding
Selling some items? Keep them safe by using scrunched up plastic bags as protective padding when you send the items to your buyers.
17. Parachutes for toys
Cut your plastic bags into squares, tie some string around the corners and hey presto - you have a parachute for your toys. This is a great idea for the kids!
Make beautiful flowers from your old plastic bags! Check out this fantastic YouTube instruction video from ArtsnCraft4U and get crafting today.
19. When you move house
Protect glass items and ornaments by scrunching up plastic bags and using them as packing material. You will cushion the glass and keep your precious items safe on the journey to their new home.
20. As stuffing
If you've got thick cushions or pet beds that need re-stuffing, try using plastic bags. It's a free alternative to buying more stuffing!
21. By the front door
Protect your floors and carpet from sopping wet umbrellas by storing some plastic bags by the door for your family and guests to use. You can also keep some spare plastic bags for shoes like football boots and wellies to be transported outside for cleaning.
22. Make a rug
Did you know you can make a rug out of your spare plastic bags? No, neither did... and they look so pretty too! Find out more on how you can make your own rug at HomesteadWeaver.com.
23. Protect your plants
Loosely tie a plastic bag around your plants overnight to protect them from the frost. Just remember to remove the bag in the morning.
24. Take them on dog walks...
...I think you know why.
25. Packed lunches
If you're worried about a leaking lunch-box, or just need something to carry your lunch in, then use your trusty plastic bag!
26. Seal a paint can
When you're finished painting for the day, place a plastic bag on top, then put the paint lid on. This will prevent any dry old paint that may have accumulated in the lid from slipping into the can.
27. Take them swimming
No, I don't mean swim with your plastic bags - use them to hold your wet towels and swimsuits so you don't get the rest of your belongings wet. Put your shampoo and conditioner into a plastic bag to prevent them from leaking.
28. When you're painting
Need a break from painting the walls? Tie a plastic bag around your paintbrush, remembering to wrap it tightly so there is no air. That way, you won't have to clean your brush!
29. Make a Pom Pom
Follow the instructions from Lulastic.co.uk on how to make Pom Poms out of plastic bags. You can use your creation in lots of different places, maybe as a party hat topper or as a gift wrapping bow.
30. PE Kits & Gym Bags
Transport stinky clothes in plastic bags from the gym to your washing machine.
31. Organise your freezer
Separate your freezer goods into different plastic bags for easy access. Keep all your frozen vegetables, ice cream, and all your leftovers together and then label them with a permanent marker.
32. In the garden shed
Have you got a messy, organised shed? Use plastic bags to store dirty gloves, rags and other gardening bits and bobs in.
33. Make a kite
Oh, this takes us back. We remember making a plastic bag kite when we were young. Why don't you make one today with these great instructions from WikiHow.com.
34. Keep your trousers clean
If you love to garden then keep your knees clean by tying some old plastic bags around them. This will protect you from mud - you can tie lots around your legs, to keep your knees padded and comfy while you work.
35. Ask your local schools
Often schools may need plastic bags, for crafts or reusing. Ask at your local schools to see if they would like yours.
36. Shoe protectors
If it's raining heavily or muddy outside, grab a couple of plastic bags and use them over your shoes to protect them.
37. Make a shopper bag
This is a pretty snazzy way to re-use your plastic bags - make a trendy shopper bag. Here are the instructions from EstyLabs.Blogspot.co.uk. We can't wait to give it a whirl.
38. Recycle them!
Look for your nearest plastic bag recycling facilities at your local big supermarkets. Sainsbury's have recycling banks for carrier bags and
Morrisons have collection points for carrier bags and batteries.
I hope you've enjoyed the list! If you've got an idea for your old plastic bags, please comment below - I'd love to hear them!