See Ya Soggy Bags! DIY Plastic Baggie Dryer

easy plastic baggie DIY

It seems that every frugal person I know is into washing out and re-using their plastic baggies. I think the minute we decide to be more money-conscious we get a letter in the mail that says, “Just FYI, re-using plastic baggies will now be your ‘thing’.” So, as the good frugal person I am I, of course, wash and re-use my plastic baggies. Everything was going just fine until one day we had to buy a new box of plastic baggies. This made no sense since I should have at least 20 baggies that were ready to be re-used. I knew something was up. Was I not putting them back into the cabinet like I thought I was? Was an elf slipping in and stealing my baggies? Who’s got beef with my baggies? Turns out, my husband Aaron’s got beef with my plastic baggie habit and has been tossing my plastic baggies when I wasn’t looking! Raining on my frugal parade? Yes.

Turns out my constant stream of wet plastic baggies were really annoying him because they were never truly getting dry, and as he now puts it he says, “They were ripe for disease!” Since the plastic sticks together when they’re wet they were always a little damp on the inside. Enter my magic invention (and marriage saver), the plastic baggie dryer! Now, my plastic baggies are always dry and they have a place to hang so they don’t take up valuable dish rack dryer real-estate. First-world problems, I know.

How to Make a Plastic Baggie Dryer (and Stop Annoying Your Husband)…

easy plastic baggie DIY

Supplies:

- Glue gun

- Approx. 7″x4″ scrap piece of wood from your home improvement store (free from scrap bin)

- 5 sets of wood chopsticks (I asked the employee at the semi-fast food restaurant if I could take a few sets that they have out for customers)

- Spray paint (optional)

- Washi tape (optional)

 

Steps:

1. Hot glue your chopsticks sticking straight up to you scrap wood base

2. Spray paint the entire thing the color of your choice (optional)

3. Use washi tape to cute-ify the tips (optional)

4. Hang your wet plastic baggies upside down to let them drip dry. For larger bags I spread it over multiple sticks so there is more space in between the insides of the bag.

 

Cost: $0.00

Difficulty: Super easy

 

Do you re-use your plastic baggies, and if so does it annoy your partner/roommate?

15 comments

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15 Comments

  1. Candice // February 10, 2013

    This is brilliant! I have a little trouble getting all of the gunk out of my baggies when I wash them though. Any tips aside from scrubbing harder? Sometimes I scrub too hard and the plastic between the seals at the top of the bag breaks…

    • Anna Newell Jones // February 27, 2013

      i don’t. usually, i can’t get all the peanut butter out and end up tossing those, unfortunately.

  2. sandy // February 11, 2013

    I am motivationally challanged (lazy) so I found an even simpler system that I have been using now for about 20 years. I turn my bags inside out, to make sure they get clean, and put them in the washer with my kitchen towels and such. This load is bleached so germs are killed. I then hang them, still turned inside out, with clothes pins to my inside line until they are dry. I can not tell you the last time I bought bags (I also reuse bags from delies, tortillas, etc.)

  3. Nicole @ Treasure Tr // February 11, 2013

    ooh, wonderful idea!

  4. Stephanie // February 11, 2013

    That’s hilarious! On our sink, we have a thin, water-filter tap that we don’t use. It is perfect for hanging my plastic bags on. Yours is perfect though as you can dry multiple bags at once. Genius! Xx

  5. Hostel // February 12, 2013

    Mine dry just fine by using the separators in my dish drainer as a dryer. That’s really cheap, easy and free.

    • Anna Newell Jones // February 27, 2013

      do you hook them on the dish drainer? mine never seem to stay upright when i do/did that but then again, i just fluffed them open and tried to stand them up upside down.

  6. Heather // February 12, 2013

    Using Rubbermaid or Tupperware is better than re-using plastic bags. They’re not really meant to be re-used, and even if you wash them they can still harbor germs.

    • sandy // February 12, 2013

      As I said in my comment, I have been doing this for about 20 years and I have never had a problem. One thing I did not mention, however, is that I do not reuse bags that have contained raw meat of any kind.

    • Anna Newell Jones // February 27, 2013

      yeah, glass storage containers are probably way better but sometimes those containers are just too big!

  7. Lydia // February 13, 2013

    This a great message from my pastor who just had to close his church due to financial reasons and low attendance. He is now unemployed, who would of thought. God is always there, why we don’t invite him in is always a question for me. You don’t even have to be religious to read and enjoy!

    Need a Good Laugh Today? I Shop at Goodwill.

    (The following is a transcript from my most recent podcast on iTunes – There’s Hope!)

    There’s hope! And I am Michael Nelson.

    Our God is a God of resurrection – defined perfectly in Jesus who died for our wrongs so that we might live again.

    So why not buy clothes a Goodwill? Use really hot water, and a lot of soap. Never thought I would. Lost a job. Tried it out. Do.

    My son will wear some of the clothes. He once told me, “I need no furniture, just a mattress and a t.v. Don’t waste my college money on luxuries like chairs and dressers.”

    But no one else in the house is joining me. When asked if I was poor enough to shop there I replied: “You need to understand the Goodwill mission.” I’ve heard it a thousand times in their stores. They want your used items. They want to create jobs. They want to train folks. They want to save clothes from landfills, but don’t they end up going there anyway? They want you to buy and buy and buy some more. It is that simple. It is that profound.

    I view it as a sharing program much like the one at the local golf course. Lose a few balls in the woods; find a few in the tall grass Plus, we still give way more to Goodwill then we buy. I’m the perfect customer for Goodwill. When I get home and realize something isn’t going to work for me, I just re-donate it. Instead of my clothing mistakes costing me 20 – 40 bucks – they cost me 2-4 bucks.

    And my wardrobe has improved. For example, right now I am wearing a brown and blue pull- over made of recycled clothes. (Aha! Goodwill was right!) It is really quite fetching, in my humble opinion and quite comfortable. My jeans match the blue in the pullover and there is a little bit of a green hue in the jeans as a bonus (not sure that was original). The socks are not pre-owned; you have to draw the line somewhere. I don’t believe they sell socks in Goodwill.

    If you go up or down a few pounds – it is no big deal – you can get a whole new wardrobe for 200 bucks – suits and all. Plus if you see something very different – something you wanted to try but never knew if it was you – its no problem – go for it. I was worried the other day, I racked up a 30 buck bill but with my birthday coupon and goodwill card I got it down to 20. Phew!

    It does take time. You might find a great shirt that is your size and then realize it has TST monogrammed on the pocket. There was 5 of them like it in a goodwill the other day. He either had died or retired or both. If it would have been TNT you could have done something with that. Sometimes you will find like five shirts of the same color and size and realize it was someone’s work clothes. I love to buy shirts with logos on them if I have been there. I saw another shirt in their with the logo of the smiley face coffee shop – I think it was in Boston. I thought I could buy the shirt and visit there. A reverse vacation. Back to the future. My recycled pullover that I am wearing has a scraggly goat on it and reads Bully Hill Vineyards. I need to go.

    It’s always hopping at Goodwill. The lines are usually long. The economy is boosted 3 to 4 dollars at a time. I always feel strangely at home there and I don’t know what that says about Goodwill or me.

    Our clothes are on loan; as are our homes. But God not only recycles, God saves; God keeps for eternity.

    Shopping at Goodwill has reminded me that, like my son, I don’t need much materially. What I really need is love of others in my life, a purpose, hope, the ability to overcome and God’s blessings. Somehow shopping there helps me remember that with God’s help, all things are possible. There’s hope! Amen.

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