12 Clever Uses for Ziploc Bags

Beyond the basic sandwich and frozen food applications, there are actually a slew of clever ways typical Ziploc bags can be put to use.  I’ve become a bit of a Ziploc addict, myself, and have Ziploc bags stashed not only in my kitchen, but my car and bag as well.  Now through 6/13, you can save $1 when you buy 2 boxes of Ziploc bags.  Here are some uses that you may not have thought of before…

  • Marinate meats easily by throwing all your ingredients in a Ziploc bag and tossing it in the fridge overnight.  (My husband found an AWESOME flank steak marinade recipe that we frequently fill a Ziploc with… try it, I promise you’ll be a fan.)


  • Make a piping bag by snipping off the corner of a Ziploc and go to town.  Check out this great idea I saw on Pinterest recently – Frozen Yogurt Dots.  Put yogurt in a Ziploc, pipe out some dots onto a cookie sheet, and freeze – makes for a quick, easy and refreshing summertime snack.


  • Need a funnel and don’t have one handy?  Use a Ziploc – snip a corner, tuck in into your narrow-mouthed container, and pour into the large open end.


  • I’ve used Ziplocs when shipping items that are not super-fragile, but are not as big as the shipping box, to keep it from bouncing around on the way to its destination.  Just stick a drinking straw into the bag, zip it up, then inflate.  When it’s as big as you want it, quickly slide out the straw and seal the bag completely.  Voila.


  • Ziplocs are a packer’s best friend.  You can individually pack your kids’ outfits for vacation, underwear, socks and all, so getting dressed is simple.  After an unfortunate exploded shampoo bottle experience that left me hosing out my bathroom bag on my brother’s lawn, I’ve started always separating out liquid toiletries and putting them in Ziplocs before they join the rest of the bathroom bag items.  Ziploc up pairs of shoes before tossing them in your suitcase to prevent stinky shoe smell transfer to your clothes.  And when backpacking it, keep everything you want to keep dry (passport, money, camera, etc.) in a Ziploc to protect it.


  • Have a clogged or lime-y showerhead?  Fill a Ziploc bag with white vinegar, submerge the showerhead in it, and use rubber bands or string to hold it on overnight.

Having kids introduces a whole new realm of Ziploc possibilities:

  • Another Pinterest find – squirt some paint into Ziploc bags, then tape them to a table over a piece of white paper.  This mess-free painting technique lets kids draw, squish, trace letters… over and over again, and without getting paint on themselves or your furniture.


  • I keep a pack of snack-size Ziploc bags along with a regular size box of Goldfish crackers in the car to be able to make individual snack bags on-the-go.  So much more affordable than buying the pre-made 100 Calorie packs… and, since they’re always in the car, I’m never caught unsnacked when the kids start cranking.


  • Back in the diaper days, I ALWAYS made sure to have quart-sized Ziploc bags in the diaper bag to quarantine a stinky diaper when a garbage can wasn’t closeby… and to keep the clothing victims of diaper blowouts separate from everything else in the bag until I could get home and deal with them.


  • Once a puzzle’s box manages to get destroyed, which takes about 34 minutes in our house, I cut the picture off the box and put it in a Ziploc bag to keep all the puzzle pieces organized.  (Another tip: I also give each puzzle a letter of the alphabet, and write that letter with Sharpie on the back of each piece.  A bit labor-intensive, yes, but it makes it infinitely easier when you find a random puzzle piece under the couch and can say, ah, this is from D – that’s the Yo Gabba Gabba puzzle.  Back it goes.)


  • Use Ziploc bags and your kids’ boundless energy to make homemade ice cream!  Click over for the recipe and a how-to video.


  • To create a reusable coloring page, just slide it into a gallon size Ziploc bag and give your kids wipe-off markers.  This is also great for learning how to trace letters, or do connect-the-dots pages.

How else do you use your Ziplocs?  Let us know in the Comments!

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