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Reuse nylon mesh produce bags

By on August 9, 2012
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The durable mesh bags that produce such as onions or oranges are sold in can be saved and reused. Use them for bagging your produce when you’re shopping (instead of using disposable plastic produce bags) or reuse one as a beach bag.
The first reader tip has a few other suggestions:

 

Nylon mesh produce bag reuse:

I save the mesh bags from oranges and use them for dish scrubbers and to hold odds and ends for the garden (tools, gloves, flower bulbs, etc.). — Carrie, Ohio

Uses for hydrogen peroxide:

I use a mixture of one part hydrogen peroxide and one part ammonia to clean jewelry. You can’t use this for soft gems like pearls and opals, but it’s fantastic for gold and hard stones like rubies, sapphires, diamonds — real or otherwise. Just swish the jewelry around in the mixture for about a minute, rinse and lay on a towel to dry. — W. Calderon, Mississippi
Next time your pet has a run-in with a skunk, mix one quart of peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda and a squirt of Dawn dishwashing soap. It kills the odor! Thoroughly soak the area, rub it in and let it set for about 15 minutes, then scrub all over and rinse well. It works better than the solution I got from my veterinarian. — S.B., forums

Use for an old TV armoire:

Mine is a sewing cabinet. It had a middle shelf inside, but if it hadn’t, I would have just put one in. I use the two bottom drawers for material. The TV area now stores sewing notions, thread, sewing machines and patterns. The armoire cost $60 at the Salvation Army thrift store. I also just bought a small, light oak Ethan Allen TV stand for $16 at the same store. I decorated it with a lamp, and I use the drawer (manufactured with special spaces to hold VHS tapes) to store my jewelry. — F.W., Michigan
Our 20-year-old armoire is in the kitchen, functioning as an open-pantry shelving unit. — Libby, Canada

Another use for a muffin tin:

Use one to serve condiments for a barbecue party. Add ketchup, mustard, relish, onions, etc. I like to use it for sundae and salad toppings, too. — Patty, Montana

Clean gas-stove grates:

You can clean these the same way that you clean oven racks. Place them in a plastic garbage bag and add ammonia. Seal the bag and leave it outside overnight (at least 12 hours). You’ll be able to wipe them clean in the morning with a sponge, without scrubbing. — Amanda, Ohio

Use for Silly Bandz:

My kids have a bunch of Silly Bandz that they no longer wear. I wrap one around their paper or plastic cups to identify whose cup is whose. Thick rubber bands with their names on them work, too. — Linda, New York

Steak sauce recipe:

I made this copycat version for A1 about a month ago for my steak-loving family, and they loved it. It tastes even better if you let it sit for a couple days in the fridge to let the flavors come together. My batch didn’t last two weeks, so if you have a big family or teenage boys like I do, I would double the recipe. Enjoy!
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup white vinegar (my kids thought there should be little more vinegar added)
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon dried, grated orange peel
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons chili sauce
Dump everything into a saucepan over medium heat. Boil, stirring continuously for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool 10 minutes. Dump mixture into blender and puree. Pour into bottle or jar and cover tightly. Will last approximately three months. — Brenda, email

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One Comment

  1. frugalforever

    9/23/2013 at 10:25 am

    Another use for the mesh bags that onions come in is to scrub your sticky pans with. I wrap mine around a sponge and it seems to double the life of the sponge.

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