Reclosable ziplock bags are useful for short-term storage since opening and closing the bags is easy. Other than the regular uses of ziplock bags for prepared sandwiches and storing food, here’s a list of 8 great ways to use reclosable plastic bags around the house:
1. Store Soups in the Freezer. Fill up reclosable zipper bags with your favorite soup, seal the bags and then lay them flat in the freezer. When the bags of soup freeze flat, you’ll be able to pile them up like stacked books for easy, space-saving storage. An additional bonus is that when storing soup in bags and freezing them flat, your soups will defrost very quickly once you remove them from the freezer.
2. Ice an Injury. Fill a ziplock bag with ice cubes to create a cold compress. Your plastic bag should be sealed well with the track zipper closure to avoid water leakage. When the ice melts spill the water into the sink and refill your ziplock bag with a fresh supply of ice.
3. Cake frosting. Use a Ziploc bag as a pastry bag. Snip off a tiny corner off the plastic bag to get a neat strip of frosting onto your cake, and decorate as you choose.
4. Knead dough. When kneading dough, place the dough in a large size reclosable plastic bag, and seal the bag so your fingers don’t touch the dough and get sticky. You’ll still be able to knead the dough easily through the sealed plastic bag. Or slip your hands into 2 bags and wear them like gloves while kneading dough.
5. Protect precious cargo. No bubble wrap? Slip a straw into the top of a nearly closed reclosable plastic bag and inflate. Remove the straw and seal to make a cushion. (Heirlooms, however, should wait for that bubble wrap.)
6. Socks and Panty Hose. Black, green, tan, and purple. Label the bags by writing the color on the bag and sort your socks in neatly sealed plastic bags. Keep your socks and stockings organized and prevent snags.
7. Organize. Use reclosable plastic bags in various sizes around the house. Store toys and blocks in these bags with zipper seal to keep your toys organized, with all pieces together. Pack beading kits, neatly in reclosable bags, which are clear so you know what’s inside, and zip it closed so your beads are safe. Craft supplies can be placed neatly in ziplock bags too and since you can see what’s inside, you’ll have an organized supply closet.
8. Small Objects. Nails and screws, buttons and ribbons, puzzle pieces and all small objects that you need to package safely, pack them into ziplock bags using the bag size needed, and close the bags with the track zipper seal. You won’t have to go looking for small items all over the house – they’ll all be packed neatly into those reclosable bags.
The great thing about the reclosable bags, are that they are reusable too! Pack small objects into the bag, zipper seal it, and store them away. And when you remove those objects from the ziplock bag, reuse the bag for your next project, reclose the bag, and you got another use out of it. This makes the reclosable plastic bags all the more economical!