Monday, 18 April 2016

5 Ways To Reuse Bread Bags

Have you been known to throw out those bread bags and not given them much thought ?  I was guilty of doing this for many years. Then one day I had a light bulb moment.  Surely there must be a way to repurpose them to reduce my cling wrap and freezer bag use.  After all,  they are a perfectly good plastic bag.  Here are five ways to reuse your bread bags and save a little money -

*  Use them to line your bathroom bins.  If your kitchen bin is small enough use them there too.

*  Keep a few bags in your car glove box.  They make great rubbish bags and sick bags, 

*  Use a bread bag when scooping out the kitty litter.  Tie a knot in the top of the bag then deposit it in the bin.  By doing this you won't have a yucky smell leaking out.

*  When storing food in the freezer,  use a bread bag as a double layer against freezer burn.  I use cling wrap or a freezer bag to wrap the food then a bread bag as the outer layer.

*   Use instead of cling wrap to cover a bowl in the fridge.  If the bowl is small enough just slip it inside the bag and fold the excess plastic underneath.  If you need to cover a large bowl,  cut the bottom of the bag off.  Then cut the bag length ways to get a wider piece of plastic.  Cover your bowl and secure with a large rubber band.

Drying the bags out
Bin liners.

NOTE -  When you've finished eating the loaf of bread,  make sure you turn the bags inside out,  brush the crumbs off and dry for a couple of hours.  This will avoid mould growing in the bags


  1. Dear Wendy, what a great post. I currently throw my bread bags out , not any more!. I can use them to put the used bird seed in when I feed my budgies in the mornings and when the bag is half full empty it into the bin or throw the whole bread bag out. I could also use the bags as you suggest in the freezer, to cover a bowl and there are probably more uses for them. Thank you Wendy . Love Barb W.

  2. Free bags! I use mine mainly for dog food and homemade bread crumbs as they are stronger than bought ones.

  3. Wendy, this is a great way to do some repurposing! I'll be sharing this post on my Working Pantry facebook group!

  4. I use mine as nappy bags for dirty nappies LoL... Or just plain rubbish bags

  5. None of my bins are the right size for them, but I use them to bag up anything I don't want messing up my kitchen bin, since I don't have a liner in that. So things like chicken bones, scrapings from pans etc, go into the bread bags in the freezer till bin night.

  6. Hi Wendy,

    Great post.
    I don't buy bread so If I get bread bags given to me I use them as many times as I can.

    -I used to cover plants and seedlings
    -When travelling, I put my shoes in them (only small shoes)
    -When DS did swimming lessons, the bags are great for putting in wet bathers or wet googles as these bags are very strong.
    -I cover my umbrella in one as I have lost the little cover for it and I kept this in the car.

    Blessings, xxx

  7. Fantastic post. Thank you so much for sharing.

  8. Excellent ideas, I've done most of these. Also using these for travel to slip shoes into. keeps the dirty shoe soles from touching other clothing.

  9. Great ideas...thanks for sharing!

  10. Great ideas Wendy! This can also work to some degree for the smaller corn tortilla bags for those of us who don't buy bread! Have a wonderful weekend :)

  11. So clever Wendy, as always. Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frou-Frou last week. Will you join us again? Mimi xxx

  12. Here's another 2 bread bag use, gloves for picking up icky things ie.. leopard slugs in the hen house and cut the top down to fit in your wet umbrella


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