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Uses for Brown Paper Bags

Uses for Brown Paper Bags

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  • To ripen peaches, avocados, pears, apples or tomatoes, put them in a brown paper bag. The paper helps retain the natural gases that ripen the fruit. Remember, as soon as you refrigerate the fruit or vegetables, the ripening process stops. Store mushrooms in a brown paper bag to keep them fresh.

  • To keep onions on hand for two or three months without sprouting, remove them from their mesh or plastic sack and put them in a brown paper bag on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator.

  • Tie a large brown paper bag over the head of your dust mop to shake off the dirt and dust inside the house.

  • Drain fried foods or cool cookies on brown paper bags

  • Cut or tear a 10-inch strip along the back seam of a brown paper bag and slip it over your car steering wheel to keep the wheel cool and touchable during hot weather.

  • Remove wax from tablecloths or carpets by placing an opened brown bag on the problem and moving a warm iron over the spot-quickly. Greasy spots will appear on the bag. Move clean paper to the spot and continue until nothing appears

  • Kids find it satisfying to blow up old paper bags and smash them. They also like to make masks out of them. Just cut eyeholes and have them draw faces.

  • Use a dampened bag as an emergency pressing cloth.

  • Use paper bags to make big building blocks for forts, castles, towers and tunnels. Lay the bag flat on the floor or a low table. Fold the top over about 6 or 8 inches and crease the bag on the fold. Open the bag and fill it with scrunched up newspapers, putting in one sheet at a time. Fold the bag on the crease line and securely tape the bag closed.

  • To save the trouble of scraping snow and ice off your car’s windshield, place a ripped paper bag beneath the wipers when you park the car. Just peel it off in the morning.

  • Line a kitchen wastebasket or trash can with an opened up paper bag for easy disposal.

Vicki Lansky has written for Sesame Street, Parent’s Guide and Family Circle and has made numerous TV appearances on programs from Oprah to The View. Her books have sold over 6 million copies. Reprinted with permission from Practical Parenting.
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Amanda January 16, 2008

Another Use for Brown Paper Bags Lettuce and cabbage stay crispier and fresher for much longer in the refrigerator if stored in clean dry paper bags instead of plastic bags or food containers. Reply

Pet Ladybug Petawawa, Canada August 31, 2006

In the composter Our town waste removal accepts paper bags in the composters - so I collect all my food scraps in brown paper bags. Saves time having to clean/rinse out the composter after garbage pick up day - cuts down on flies and odour from the food. Reply

Amy Durschlag West Orange, NJ July 4, 2006

Don't forget that brown paper bags make great book covers for all of those school books.

Great for containing newspaper recyclables. Reply