How to Fold Plastic Bags

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5 Minutes

I re-use plastic grocery bags for my garbage in my home. That way I don't have to go out and buy garbage bags. Since the grocery bags I bring home fit the majority of my garbage cans, it is a perfect way to save a little money.

However, my storage system was not really working out.

I tried tying my bags and stuffing them into each other, but eventually the bags took over the space I was stuffing them and they just didn't look very nice either.

So, I found another way to keep my plastic bags in check. And the best part?!

You can pull them out of each other so they dispense kind of like a Kleenex.

This method also works for cloth bags, though there are a couple of extra steps. If you want to get the tips to fold cloth bags you can visit How to Fold Plastic Bags...and Reusable Bags Too on my blog.

Step 1:

Spread your plastic bag flat.

Then fold it in half.

Step 2:

Bend the handles over to the side of the bag.

Roll the bag until it is about half rolled.

Then add another flattened and halved bag on top, only this time, keep its handles straight.

Roll the first bag over the second and keep adding bags in this same manner until you have a thick enough roll.

I usually roll 12-15 bags together. I rubber band them together and then save them as 'cartridges' for my bag dispensers. They stack neatly in a bin and don't fall all over my pantry.

And this is what they look like in my bag dispensers.

When you pull the top bag out, the next bag's handles should stick through the top of your dispenser.

Pretty neat, right?

To get the printable labels I designed in the above pictures or to see more examples of areas I cleaned up with this method, you can visit How to Fold Plastic Bags on my blog.

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