25 Uses for Ziploc Bags
Once a novelty item at a 1963 packaging trade show, Ziploc® bags are now a staple in almost every kitchen. Beside the obvious use for storing food, these zippered storage bags have a multitude of uses. Inexpensive and easily available, the bags offer household and parenting solutions.
Here are an amazing 25 uses for Ziploc bags from HGDesignIdeas.com:
- Use this trick: To knead and flatten sticky dough, first put it in a Ziploc bag. This will keep the dough from attaching itself to your hands or getting under your nails.
- To prevent a mess exploding all over the inside of your purse or travel bag, place liquids and powders in the resealable bag, first.
- Remove wax from a tablecloth by placing ice cubes in a bag and placing the bag on the spot. The wax will freeze and can be lifted off of the cloth.
- Store dry clothes in a zippered plastic bag. After the beach or the pool, remove the dry clothes and use the bag to stash your wet bathing suit. Try the same idea for socks or stockings on rainy days.
- Crush cookies or graham crackers for a crust without the fuss. Place the cookies in a bag and seal it, then use a rolling pin to turn them into crumbs. With a little more pressure, this technique can also be used to chop nuts.
- Use a baggie to pipe frosting without the need for frosting decorator bags.
- Resealable plastic bags can be used as packing material to keep items safe when mailed or moved. Just inflate a few bags and use them to pad your items.
- Store panty hose to keep it safe from snags.
- Store soup in the freezer. Place cooled soup in the bags, seal and lay flat. Once frozen the soup will stack, saving you freezer space.
- Make a DIY cold compress to sooth an injury or sore muscle when you add ice cubs to a Ziploc bag and seal it.
- Snack sized baggies that seal are perfect for freezing garden herbs. Rinse, pat dry and lay the herbs flat inside the bags before setting them in your freezer.
- Marinate meats by adding your ingredients to a bag, sealing and leting it sit overnight.
- Make a handy homemade funnel. Snip a corner of the bag and tuck it into your narrow container. Pour into the large end.
- When packing for a trip or selecting school clothes for the week, create complete outfits for your kids, including underwear and socks, sealing each in a large Ziploc bag. This strategy will make getting dressed in the morning easy.
- Unclog a shower head with this quick trick. Fill a resealable bag half way with white vinegar. Submerge the shower head in the bag, and use rubber bands to hold it in place. Allow it to sit overnight.
- For a mess-free painting activity, Squirt some tempera paint into a Ziploc bag, using one or multiple colors. Seal the bag and tape it to your table over a white piece of paper. Kids can squish the paint around, draw pictures with their fingers and have a great time without paint getting everywhere.
- Buy school snacks in bulk to save money. At the beginning of the week, make up individual snack bags that can be put in lunch boxes.
- A Ziploc bag in the diaper bag can be a lifesaver when you need to change your baby and there is not a trash can in sight. These bags can hold dirty diapers or soiled clothing, keeping the mess and the smell contained until you can deal with it.
- Tie-dye works best when the dye gets a chance to set for 24 hours. Place your newly dyed clothing in Ziploc bags. The seal will keep the dyed objects wet as needed, while preventing extra dye from staining anything else.
- Make homemade ice cream. Ziploc bags are much handier and less expensive than those ice cream balls. Add the ingredients, seal and toss the bag around in a game of catch.
- When cooking in the kitchen, a Ziploc bag can serve as a quick iPad cover. The touch screen will still work!
- Everyone loves homemade cookies. Make the cookie dough in advance. Using a cookie scoop, place cookie dough balls into a Ziploc bag and freeze. The next time you want warm homemade cookies, take out a few and pop them into the oven or toaster oven to bake.
- Many people swear that all it takes to keep flies away is to fill a clear bag with water, add some pennies and hang it up. It may be worth a try.
- Create ready made freezer burgers. Place your hamburger in a large Ziploc freezer bag. Using a chopstick held lengthwise, section off portions by denting or scoring the meat. Freeze. You can then open the bag and break off as many portions as you need.
- Make your own window clings by squeezing puffy fabric paint on to a closed Ziploc bag. Add glitter, if you wish. Allow the paint to dry then peel.
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