Organizing Dry Cleaning Bags ~ Are you wondering what to do with the plastic bags that cover your dry cleaning? Here’s some helpful information and tips about organizing plastic dry cleaning bags!
Winter has come and gone. Spring is now making a stronger presence everyday. Now is the time to gather the outdoor winter clothing that needs to be dry-cleaned. It’s best to do it now rather than store in the closet till next season. I have also been told that it is better to keep up a regular dry cleaning schedule in order to preserve the quality of the clothing.
My husband also has an occupation that requires him to wear a dress shirt and tie everyday. At the end of the week he will have worn five to six dress shirts of varied colours that require cleaning. I don’t wash and iron his shirts and he does not have time to do it either with his long workdays. So he is a regular customer at the nearby dry cleaners.
When we pick up the dry cleaning of refreshed winter clothing and nicely pressed shirts they are hanging on a wire hanger covered in a transparent flimsy plastic dry cleaning bag. These hangers can easily be recycled. The dry cleaner supplies us with a triangular cardboard holder designed for hangers and will take back the hangers to reuse them. However, the plastic dry cleaning bags are another situation.
It is essential for everyone to do what we can to keep these transparent bags out of the landfill sites. If my husband picks up a new set of clean shirts from the dry cleaner once a week for a year, that equals 52 dry cleaning bags. If a million people in the world also pick up their clean dress shirts in a plastic dry cleaning bag once a week for a year that totals another 52 million bags. If everyone simply tossed these bags into the trash, this creates a significant contribution in a year to our already overflowing landfill sites. Furthermore, these bags remain in the landfill sites for hundreds to thousands of years before they decompose. That is a serious long-term problem for our environment.
Solutions For Re-Purposing Plastic Drycleaning Bags…
Every plastic dry cleaning bag that enters our home is either recycled or re-purposed. Here are a few very simple and very doable ideas:
Store out of season clothing draped in dry cleaning bags. This keeps the dust out and air can still get at the clothing fabric so it can breathe while in storage.
When preparing parcels to mail, line the bottom of the box with the plastic, use as extra stuffing rather than Styrofoam peanuts, and cover the top just to make sure items in the parcel are cushioned and protected.
Wrap the plastic around out of season or rarely worn shaped head wear. This is an image of my favourite summer sun/beach/garden hat and how I store during the winter season.
Stuff your boots with two dry cleaning bags per boot to keep the shape. Budget friendly and so easy to manage.
Use as a liner in a waste bin. Tie a knot around the rim of the waste bin and let the excess drape. It actually looks quite stylish!
Rather than purchase gift bags for wine; design your own. Trim the top of the bag so it is uniform. It looks neater and more finished. Spread the bag out and flatten and place the wine bottle in the middle. Wrap the plastic around the bottle and secure with a pretty ribbon tied with a bow at the top of the bottle. I trimmed a bit of the excess plastic just to make it look a little more uniform. This makes a really nice presentation when giving the gift of a bottle of wine to the hostess.
Organizing Plastic Dry Cleaning Bags…
Caution: If you have small children I highly recommend that you store them out of reach and make it clear that these are not a toy and cannot be used without adult supervision.
There are two ways to store the bags. They can be crinkled up and stuffed into some sort of storage container but, interestingly, this method takes up a lot of room.
I recommend taking the time to flatten out each bag lengthwise. Fold in quarters, tie in a knot and store in a container. This is a re-purposed Cascade Stain Fighter Action Pac dish washing soap container that has been re-purposed. This method can store a lot of dry cleaning bags keeping things quite organized and safe from young children.
Thanks for keeping dry cleaning bags out of the landfills and re-purposing them into other practical uses! So easy and so organized.
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