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Readers Respond: Have you found a great way to reuse plastic newspaper sleeves?

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Plastic newspaper sleeves can be used for all sorts of things. Tell us how you like to reuse yours. Share Your Tip

Food Pantry

Wow great ideas! Love the one when used for public toilets! My idea, food pantries like to give toilet paper to their guests, although they cannot afford to give much. These being donated allows them to give about 3 in its own bag, just be sure to suggest how to use them, the folks volunteering might not think of it.
—Guest Mary

gas hands

Put a few newspaper sleeves in the car. Slide one on before pumping gas and no gas smell on hands, steering wheel, keys...
—Guest nancy


Use to hold a small, wet umbrella. Great when going to a movie or dinner on a rainy day

Reuses for newspaper sleeves

I deliver newspapers and most carriers recycle the bags. The customer accumulates a bunch and puts them back in the tube to be used again. It's greatly appreciated because the carriers have to pay for those bags and it cuts down on expenses.
—Guest Shelley

Newspaper sleeves

If you have any kind of device that seals plastic bags these can be filled with air and used for packing
—Guest Veronica

setting fence posts

Slip the sleeve over the end of the post that goes in the ground. The 20 year lifetime of the post will be extended indefinitely.
—Guest Otmn

Poopy scooper for pet-walking

I take a newspaper bag w/ me when walking my dog, in case she has to 'do the deed'. I put the plastic bag over my hand, pick up the do, then roll the bag back down over my hand to slip it off, catching the do, but never touching it, then tie a knot and discard.
—Guest Julie H.

Yard ties

I split the bags lengthwise or use them whole, tie them end to end with a square knot and use them to tie up yard trimmings. They can also be used as a soft tie for staking plants. They make great ties for all kind of things.
—Guest Mum


I slip each shoe in a newspaper bag before throwing them in my suitcase. It keeps my clothes clean!
—Guest Kim

Raw Meat Container

I reuse plastic newspaper bags to throw away the butcher trays & plastic wrap from the grocery store in them after I'm doing prepping the raw meat / chicken...etc. Save my kitchen from the rotting smell in the trash!
—Guest Thi

use for newspaper bags

I use them to pack my shoes in when I travel. Keeps them away from clothes and even if they have some dirt on the bottoms, no problem.
—Guest PatsyB

keep warm and dry

I used to put the plastic newspaper bags over my children's feet before they would put their boots on. Their feet would stay warmer because it would hold in their body heat and dryer in case the boot had sprung a leak. On the youngest ones the bags were tall enough to double as leg warmers under their pants.
—Guest Mary

Plastic Newspaper sleeve

When my little grand children come and have messy diapers, rather than letting the aroma permiate the air, we pop them into a sleeve, knot the end and can then toss them into the garbage without the tell tale odour.
—Guest Daphne

Camping Necessities

We usually drop in a few rolls of toilet paper into these and close them up with an old bread twist tie. Helps keep moisture out when going camping. We do the same thing with a roll of paper towels, only we dampen the roll with a mixture of water and a bit of liquid soap and a bit of white vinegar and take the cardboard roll out of the inside. Then we've got quick handwipes or kitchen wipes when we're camping, when done simply throw in the campfire. We reuse the newspaper either cleaning mirrors or windows around the house (w/ white vinegar) or crumble them up as campfire starter.
—Guest Jax

newspaper sleeves

Sunday's sleeve is good for a roll of paper towels that I keep in my car. I just tuck the open end into the hole in the roll and it keeps it from unraveling and clean.
—Guest Carie

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