Washing and re-using plastic bags is a frugality meme that won’t die. Although it saves money and is an eco-friendly thing to do, it’s often derided in a “get a life!” way: You waste all that time and energy just to save a few cents?
I have a few thoughts about that. Washing takes just a few seconds. These bags cost more than a few pennies each. Finally, they’re made from petroleum or natural gas — a couple of non-renewable resources.
The Bargain Babe website recently resurrected the notion with a post called “21 reuses for freezer bags.” Some of Megan Thode’s ideas are clever but I disagree with some, such as using them to start seedlings, pipe frosting or transport used cooking oil to the trash.
To do those things would mean trashing a perfectly good Ziploc. Can’t play that way.
However, I do think that once bags spring pinhole leaks they can be used for some of her other suggestions, such as matching kids’ clothing or storing board-game pieces.