I Guarantee You've Never Tried This with a Ziploc Bag!

I love finding new uses for old things. One of the basic oldies but goodies is a Ziploc bag. Though great for packing goodies and sandwiches, there are so many other things a basic Ziploc bag can be put to good use for! As I was researching, I came across a few ideas that seriously amazed me- I never knew all the cool things you can do with a basic Ziploc bag;).


Tablet Guard. Use a Ziploc to protect the screen of your tablet while cooking dinner using your nifty Cook'n program;). The really cool thing about this trick is that you can still navigate your tablet through the plastic!

Funnel. If you're filling up a peppercorn dispenser or filling up something else with tiny particles, snip a hole in the corner of a Ziploc bag for a quick and functional funnel tool.

Frosting Bags. For those of us that may not always be decorating cakes (such as myself;) ), Ziploc bags can be a great substitute when you're in a pinch! They're not quite as sturdy as your basic frosting decorating bag, but they definitely get the job done just fine if you're desperate!

Crumb Container. If you need to crush Oreos or graham crackers, put them in a Ziploc bag and give them them a good beating with a rolling pin or heavy cup.

Pencil Case. Punch holes on the bottom and put it in a binder for a temporary pencil case.


Recipe Container. Use the same method as the pencil case to create a recipe binder! Store all your loose recipes from magazine clippings, recipe swaps etc. in the Ziploc bags so they don't get lost! (Hopefully this isn't a problem for you if you are utilizing your Cook'n program;)! ).

Dough Glove . If you hate it when the dough sticks to your finger when you're kneading bread, use a gallon sized Ziploc bag as a glove;).

Grease Dispenser. Bacon grease and other oils are terrible for your drain, so keep your sink from smelling icky and from clogging up by pouring leftover grease/oil into a Ziploc bag. Seal it shut and let it cool. Once it's hardened, toss it in the trash!

Freezer Meal Holder. Keep all your crockpot freezer meals nice and organized by storing them in Ziploc bags- you can even right the name of the meal and cooking directions directly on the bag!


Gas Stove Burner Cleaner. Seal your gas stove burners in a Ziploc bag with ¼ c. of ammonia. Leave it to soak in the fumes overnight and the next day you should be able to easily wipe off the grime!

DIY Potpourri Holder . Poke a few holes into a snack sized Ziploc and fill it with dried lavender and keep it with your clothes to keep everything smelling lovely;).

Ice Pack. Fill one loosely with ice for a great makeshift ice pack! This would also be really useful for getting gum or spilled wax out of the carpet- just place the ice pack over the gum/wax and wait for it to harden. Scrape it off and voila! New carpet;).

Food Coloring Container. If you're adding food coloring to coconut, cookie dough, etc, put it in a Ziploc bag and squish everything around until it's evenly mixed. No more colored hands for days!! :D

Did you learn anything new? I sure did! What other uses have you found for your Ziploc bags? Share in the comments below!

Sources:
  •   http://mommysavers.com/uses-for-ziploc-bags/
  •   http://www.missinformationblog.com/15-unique-ways-use-ziploc-bag/
  •   http://www.thevspotblog.com/2011/07/cleaning-stove-burners-grates-best.html

    Camille Hoffmann
    Weekly Newsletter Contributor since 2014
    Email the author! camille@dvo.com


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