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5 Unusual Uses for Plastic Bags


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Plastic Bag Protection
Playing in the dirt? Tie some plastic bags on to keep your knees clean and dry.
Playing in the dirt? Tie some plastic bags on to keep your knees clean and dry.
Photo courtesy Alia Hoyt

Plastic may not be as indestructible as titanium, but it can provide basic protection from the elements in certain situations. For example, don't let a surprise rainstorm ruin your new shoes or soak your clothes. A plastic garbage or large shopping bag with a few strategic holes cut in it can double as a poncho. Grocery bags are particularly handy as makeshift galoshes. Simply step into the bag and tie the handles around your ankles.

If you're a gardener, you can also wrap plastic bags around your knees to cushion them and keep them clean and dry while you kneel over a flowerbed. Plastic bags can even thwart the efforts of an unexpected frost if placed over delicate plants the night before.

Plastic bags can also be used as a cheap and easy alternative to other household items designed to protect surfaces and valuables. Use bags as a litter box liner, mattress cover, drop cloth and dustcover for items in storage.


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