1. Barf bags in the car. The Princess sometimes gets car sick, and we have started keeping a stash of Ziploc bags by her seat. Then if she throws up, we can seal the bag and don’t worry about it spilling in the car.
2. Organizing hair accessories. I use the snack size ones to organize her clips and elastics by color. Then it’s easy to grab the coordinating bag and let her pick what she wants in her hair.
3. Organizing Legos. We have a toy bin and all the Legos are organized by color in different buckets. But there are only so many bins, so we use Ziploc bags to keep the smaller groups organized.
4. Scrapbooking. I use bags so much in my scrapbook room. Mostly I use the gallon size ones to help organize photos and school papers and such for each child.
5. Portioning out snacks. I buy food in bulk (goldfish crackers, trail mix, etc.) at WinCo and then we portion them out into bags that are ready to be packed into lunches. However, for this, I usually use the fold-top bags because they are cheaper and the kids can just throw them away.
6. Packing on trips. I always, always pack my liquids into Ziploc bags. Shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, toothpaste, etc. Then I never have to worry about leaking. If they do leak, the bag will contain it and I won’t have wet clothes! I also pack extra bags for those just in case moments.
7. Swimming. Especially on trips, the swimming suits never seem to dry out in time before it’s time to pack up. I just throw them in Ziploc bags and then into the suit case.
8. Leftovers. It’s so much easier to throw leftovers into a bag and then in the fridge, or even the freezer. Especially the freezer!
9. Frozen fruit. I will prepare the fruit, and then put in in Ziplock bags and into the freezer to be used for smoothies. Fruits I have done are apricots, peaches, pears, cherries, mangos, watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew. Then when it’s time for a smoothie, you just throw the bag in the microwave for 2 minutes to soften the fruit, and then into the blender with 1/2 t. vanilla, 1/4 c. sugar, and some milk. No need for ice!
10. Frosting/melted chocolate. When you need to frost something or drizzle melted chocolate, just put it in a Ziploc bag, clip the corner and squirt away. Always clip smaller than you thing. It’s easier to cut more off than put it back on!
Now, just to clarify, when I say Ziploc bags, I mean Ziploc bags. I will not use generic for this. I have tried and they just aren’t as thick, they don’t close as easily, and they come undone a lot! I do use the generic for the fold-top bags.
And finally, wash your bags and reuse them! A little soap on your hand, wash them out and let them dry on the side of the sink. They are sturdy enough to be used several times before they give out on you. When you are rinsing them out, just fill them with water and check for holes.
I would love to hear if you have any other uses for these wonderful, amazing bags!