Why You Should Keep those Plastic Mesh Produce Bags?

January 12, 2021

If there’s one thing we love more than saving money, it’s reducing waste.

Anyone who has ever stepped foot in a grocery store is likely familiar with the plastic mesh produce bags, the ones that keep your avocados, potatoes, oranges and other globes of food from rolling around.

Usually we just toss them in the trash, but our friends at Apartment Therapy convinced us that we’d better stick to them. Turns out, they make excellent DIY scrubbers!

According to Leanne Stapf, vice president of operations for the Cleaning Authority, these supermarket staples can be repurposed into pot scrubbers comparable to any store-bought option.

“Just cut off the edges of the bag, tie it together so it looks like a bow, and secure it with a braid,” Stapf told Apartment Therapy.


Ambitious DIYers can take things to the next level by threading floss through the mesh bag and tying it at the ends. Or, better yet, if you happen to have four bags in hand, Apartment Therapy suggests rolling three of them like a donut, stuffing a fourth bag, and tying a knot on the other end for the ultimate scrubbing hack.

Go, scrub, y’all!