You Will Use Up Every Last Bit Of Your Zip Lock Bags With These Tips

HouseholdHackerPublished: February 8, 201840 views
Published: February 8, 2018

Ever since they were invented in 1968 by The Dow Chemical Company, the brand of reusable, resealable zipper storage bags has changed our lives for good. We use them for freezing, we used them for snacks; heck, we even used them for storage! But in the last half a century thousands of hacks revolving around the Ziplock bags have surfaced. But today, the Household Hacker is here to show you eight alternative ways to put those zipper bags to work.

If you need to ship some large, fragile items, but can’t find any bubble wrap, the solution is as easy as blowing up a few Ziplock bags and placing them around the object. Just close the bag almost all the way, leaving some space to insert a straw through which you will blow it up. Carefully seal it to prevent leakage and repeat with as many baggies as you need.

Need to vacuum-seal something, but don’t have the machine? Just full up your sink or a deep container with water and put the food you want vacuumed into a Ziplock bag. Again, close most of the zipper, leaving about an inch open. Submerge the baggie in the water up to the zipper, careful not to let water in. The pressure from the water will force air out of the bag - instant vacuum!

Ziplock bags can help you reduce the time you need to clean off ice and snow off the side mirrors on your car. When you hear of a snowstorm heading your way, just slip a couple of ziplock baggies on those mirrors and next time you go to your car, they will be clean and dry.

You can improvise a funnel by cutting one corner of a bag and use it to transfer any liquid or dry substance into a container with a narrow mouth. You can tape it to one side to make sure it doesn’t slip and spoil everywhere.

Ziplock bags also make excellent ice packs. Just soak a sponge in water and put it in a bag without wringing it dry. Add some rubbing alcohol to the sponge to make it freeze to a gel-like consistency and seal it up. It might come especially handy if you are trying out those terrible life hacks.

The list goes on, so make sure to keep watching for the rest of it. Really clever!


Ziploc or Zipper Bags have been around for 50 years and there are tons of different things you can use them for that you may have never thought of. Check these simple tricks out and post your own.

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