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12 Surprising Uses for Mesh Produce Bags

12 Surprising Uses for Mesh Produce Bags

For years, I’ve wadded mesh produce bags into a ball and used them as scouring pads. But there are so many more ways to re-purpose these grocery freebies.

1. Bird Feeder: Fill mesh bags with birdseed or suet, and hang from a tree or a large S-hook outside your kitchen window.
3. Bath Loofah: Stuff mesh bag with a large sea sponge, and use to scrub off dead skin cells.
4. Lingerie Bag: Place bras and other delicates in the bag before tossing into the washer. Close with a rubber band or twine.
5. Jewelry Holder: Stretch over a picture frame, and use to hold earrings and pins.
6. Holiday Stocking: Thread colorful ribbon through the top, and stuff with holiday treats. Hang on the fireplace.
7. Soap Bag: Fill with soap slivers that are too small to hold. The abrasive mesh will wash out stubborn dirt.
8. Flower Holder: To prevent flowers from flopping over, stretch mesh over a glass jar, and place stems in the holes.
9. Seashell Tote: Place wet and sandy shells in mesh bags as you wander the beach. By the time you leave, the shells are dry and sand free.
10. Gift wrapping: Colorful mesh makes a great bow or accent strip when you wrap gifts.
11. Bath Toy Holder: Hang on a hook over the tub, and stuff with your kids’ rubber duckies and toy boats.
12. Tot Sewing Hoop: Stretch mesh bag over an embroidery hoop to make an old fashioned sewing card. Give small hands old shoelaces, and watch them sew designs in the mesh.

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Lisa Kaplan Gordon

Lisa Kaplan Gordon, creator of, is an award-winning journalist, avid gardener and fly-fisher. She lives in Northern Virginia on a half acre that always needs weeding. Please visit her on Twitter (@kaplan_lisa) and Facebook (Lisa Kaplan Gordon)


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3:39AM PDT on May 18, 2015

I just wish they'd stop producing them. No matter what you use them for (and there are some clever ideas), they will eventually end up as rubbish and they are very dangerous for wildlife. I avoid them where practicable.

1:44PM PST on Jan 30, 2015

Actually, one should never use this type of plastic mesh for feeding birds (suet, seeds, etc) as birds' feet often get terribly entangled in the mesh and if not rescued quickly will often die or be severely injured. Please use proper suet holders and feeders. Thanks

3:53AM PST on Nov 15, 2014

Thanks Lisa for sharing these great tips.

9:40PM PST on Nov 4, 2014

Saw on FB that someone suggested putting Lego in it and then throw it in the washing machine. Thought that was a good tip for sure .

9:39PM PST on Nov 4, 2014

Some good tips here . I use one for our camp soap.

10:27PM PDT on Oct 23, 2014

Fill mesh bags with birdseed ? :) Birdseeds are tiny

10:22PM PDT on Oct 23, 2014

Thanks for bringing that to my attention.

12:49PM PDT on Oct 18, 2014

Good ideas!

9:13AM PDT on Oct 16, 2014

some useful ideas

7:31PM PDT on Oct 11, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

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