One of our local grocery stores frequently doesn’t have loose produce for sale, it’s already packed up into non-recyclable plastic netting. If you bring these home don’t toss them out! They make reusable bags just as they are and you can transform them into useful new items.
This trash hack takes a few minutes. If your plastic netting is somewhat stiff, it will make a durable pot scrubber; netting that’s as soft as fabric is best as a bath pouf or for use on delicate glassware.
Turn a few plastic netting bags into a pot scrubber.
1. Gather your fine mesh bags and accordion fold them into segments 2-3″ long. I used one bag from some satsumas and a smaller one from some onions. Using more bags results in a larger and fluffier scrubber, but even one bag will work. Don’t worry about cutting off any tags – You’ll get to that in step 3.
2. Tie the center as tightly as you can with a length of string; I reused cotton string that had stitched closed the top of a bag of birdseed. Square knots are perfect here, and an extra set of hands can help you seat the knot tightly around the center.
3. Once the bundle is securely knotted, clip the ends of the string (cotton remnants can be composted), then cut each loop of bag to fluff the ends up. Voila! From produce netting to pot scrubber.
I tested this one by scrubbing a bowl of chocolate frosting and our very dirty sink.
The bowl, the sink, and the scrubber are all clean and ready for longer lives.
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