If there’s one thing that helps my life as a mom enormously it’s being organized. “A place for everything and everything in it’s place” is a sort of a mantra for me so I am always grateful for any tips I can get on making my life more organized and I thought you might find this list of 30 ways to use plastic zipper bags from Tuffy quite helpful….
30 uses for Zipper Bags
In 1954 an innovative bag with a plastic zipper seal was introduced to the world, something that has now become an everyday household product, not only are zipper bags our handy kitchen helpers, but they can do so much more to organise life at home. They can be rinsed and reused again and again, and when its time to take them out of food storage duty, they still have plenty of life left.
Have you ever travelled only to reach your destination and your shampoo has exploded through your toiletry bag onto your favourite dress? Pack all toiletries into a zipper bag, you can even sort them in specific bags to avoid any nasty surprises. If you have kids, pack each of their daily outfits into bags that way the suitcase wont end up on the floor daily. Bag your shoes.
Beach visits, hiking, waterparks, any outdoor adventure where you think you may get wet, muddy or sandy; stash your valuables in a zipper bag, it will avoid cash getting soaked, phones getting water and sand damage and sunscreen leaking in your bag. Rather safe than soggy!
3. Have you ever travelled with crayons on a hot summer day? You may be familiar with the hot melty mess that can result from crayons on a car journey. Next time, pack them up, just in case.
4. Organize lego blocks, this will help avoid any incidences of standing on lego pieces!
5. Pack a change of clothes in a large zipper bag, whether they get wet or dirty they will remain out of touch of other items in your kids school bag.
6. A great craft idea: squirt some paint into zipper bags, tape them to a table over apiece of white paper. A mess-free painting technique which lets kids draw, squish, trace shapes and letters over and over.
7. Pack emergency snack bags and leave them in the car, biscuits, dried fruit, nuts, raisins anything non-perishable and healthy will work, this will ensure you never get caught with cranky kids shouting for snacks and having to stop and buy them junk.
8. Ice packs:
Zipper bags make perfect ice packs, fill them with water and freeze. These will work well for a cooler box for summer picnics and beach visits. Another great use if you are thinking of using these as ice packs is for injuries: fill half with water (which freezes) and half vodka (which doesn’t freeze) and place in the freezer, this will make for a slushy ice pack ready for the next time you need one.
9. Organized drawers:
Use zipper bags to organise your underwear or bathing suit drawer.
Store your make-up, especially powder and other compacts in zipper bags and place in your handbag.
11. Home storage:
Use them around the house to hold all manner of bits ‘n bobs. Think marbles, batteries and DIY supplies.
12. Board games:
There is nothing more irritating than getting ready to sit down with a board game, and you pull it out, only to discover that it’s missing essential pieces, or you only have one die when you need two. Avoid this by bagging each and every play piece for each board game, right now. This goes the same for your kids puzzle pieces, bag the pieces and place in existing box. Makes it far simpler to find the pieces you need esp if there is more than one puzzel in a box.
Fill an old bag with beans, rice, flour or whatever you want to pour into a small-mouthed container. Then simply snip off one corner and squeeze the contents out.
Knead dough by placing your dough into a zipper bag so your fingers don’t get sticky.
15. Pastry/ Icing Bag:
Turn a zipper bag into a pastry bag by snipping off a tiny corner, this allows you to ice your baked goods without any special tools.
16. Winter soups:
Soup season is almost here, fill up bags with extra soup, lay them flat in the freezer. When the bags freeze flat you will be able to pile them up like stacked books for easy, space-saving storage.
17. Marinade meat:
Throw all your ingredients into a zipper bag and toss it into the fridge overnight.
Crack eggs and add whatever other ingredients, shake it up, and pour it into the pan, once cooked through you have a delicious breakfast omlette.
19. Frozen herbs:
If you have an excess of herbs that need to be picked, wash them, pat dry and freeze in a zipper bag, this way you will always have seasonal herbs on hand.
20. Scrapbooking and crafts:
Organize beads, labels, photos in fact just about any craft supplies. You should also keep some zipper bags with you when you are out and about, to save all types of memorabilia, which can be sorted and scrapbooked on your return home.
Keep a zipper bag in your handbag for receipts, you can sort these at the end of the month.
Other uses include:
22. Mixing spices
23. Blending ground coffee
24. Store Christmas decorations
25. Medicine storage (labeled with each family members name)
26. Pens and stationery storage
27. Storing stamp collections
28. Bread crumb coating
29. Tossing salads
30. Storing jewellery to prevent tangles or lost earrings!
Next time you think your zipper bag has reached its shelf life, don’t just throw it away make sure you reuse it in the home.
Tuffy’s Zipper Bags with Tufflock innovation are available in 3 sizes; large 10’s, medium 15’s and small 20’s at a cost of R16.99. They are an environmentally friendly household solution: made from 100% recyclable material.
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