While it's better to shop for loose produce using your own reusable bag, so many fruits and vegetables come in plastic mesh bags, and you often get a better price buying those. So what to do with those mesh bags? Turns out you can put them to good use in the home and garden. Here are a just a few of several possible uses:
- Make pot scrubbers: Wad up small mesh bags or parts of a larger one into balls, secure with elastic and scour away.
- Smooth your skin: If you save chips and slivers of soap, put them into a fine mesh bag (the kind that garlic comes in) and secure the ends. Hang in the shower and exfoliate.
- Save the seedlings: Cut the bags so they form a sheet and use them to cover young seedlings so they can get a head start before the rabbits find them.
- Make new bags: Snip off the metal part that seals one side closed but leave the other side tied. Then use the bag the next time you buy vegetables!