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Eco-friendly Alternatives to Plastic Bags

While plastic bags are convenient for consumers, the sad truth is they're extremely harmful to the environment and wildlife. Here are some better alternatives.

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How to Clean Reusable Grocery Bags

Here's how to clean reusable grocery bags, no matter what they're made of.


10 Ways to Organize and Store Paper Bags

10 Ways to Organize and Store Paper Bags


10 Ways to Organize and Store Plastic Bags

Having a barrage of plastic bags fly out of your cabinet every time you open it can be downright maddening....


13 Brilliant Ways Other Countries Are Replacing Plastic

Our world is drowning in plastic. Fortunately, efforts are expanding across the planet to tackle the single-use plastics crisis.

This is the Easiest Way to Recycle Plastic Bags

This is the Easiest Way to Recycle Plastic Bags


Please Stop Putting Reusable Bags on the Kitchen Counter

Reusable bags bring home more than just your groceries.

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35 Products DIYers Shouldn’t Pass Up at Costco

In a trip to Costco, you can stock your workshop with necessities like paper towels and trash bags, but you...


Stuff We Love: Tool Bags (VIDEO)

This episode of Stuff We Love features three tool totes that pros in every trade will want to check out.


Stuff We Love: 3 Incredible Tool Bags

In this episode of Stuff We Love, check out three smart and convenient products for toting your tools.


Is It Food-Safe to Skip the Plastic Produce Bags at the Supermarket?

Going plastic-free might be environmentally friendly, but grocery stores have a dirty secret. Luckily, the solution is sustainable—and sanitary.

How to Paint Leather Furniture

Transform an old piece of leather furniture into a modern showstopper with easy to use leather paint. We'll show you...


How to Build a Garden Fountain

Cast this fountain in a weekend with a few bags of concrete and some hardware odds and ends


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15 Things You Should Never Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

The modern garbage disposal has been a tremendous boon for homeowners and renters worldwide. It provides a quick and sanitary...


How to Double Your Resealable Bags

Save some money by easily doubling your resealable bags in seconds.


Why You Should Store Extra Bags in Your Trash Can

Taking the garbage out is my least favorite chore because there are so many garbage cans around the house. Check...

Is It Safe to Wash and Reuse Zip-Top Bags?

We investigate when (and how) to make your zip-top bags reusable.


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8 Genius Ways to Pick Up Your Dog Poop

Cleaning up dog poop is a chore. Try these pickup and disposal methods to get the job done fast.


How to Build an Entryway Coat Rack and Storage Bench

If your entryway is littered with shoes and jackets, purses and book bags, this simple bench and matching shelf might...


Why You Should Use Plastic Grocery Bags for Washing Windows

Stop making unnecessary trips up and down a ladder when window washing


How to Reuse Your Vacuum Cleaner Bags (Yes, It’s Possible!)

In a pinch, a vacuum cleaner bag is actually reusable. The bottom end of the bag is usually folded over...


11 Things You Must Do Before Leaving for Vacation

You're headed out of town. Tickets are ready, reservations are made, and bags are packed. But before you go on...


Super-Secure Garbage Bags

Utilize the drawstrings in your trash bags in a different way with this simple hint.


Plastic-Bag Paint Containers

Plastic bags deliver a painting tip you'll want to try

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How to Reuse an Old Clothes Hamper Outdoors

Leaf bags have an irritating tendency to close and collapse, making them difficult to fill.


Cheap Bag Dispenser

Plastic grocery bags turn up everywhere these days, so you might as well corral them for reuse.


Clear Leaf Bags for Storage

Clear leaf bags are a great storage solution


Easy 5-Gallon Bucket Clean Up

A large trash bag can be used for a variety of projects in your workshop. So use your extra trash bags...


Better Shop Dust Filtration

Pleated filters are a much better alternative to the giant dust bags sported by most dust collectors. They filter out...


What is a Bug Out Bag (And What Should Go In It)?

It's always good to be prepared. A bug out bag—or BOB—is a portable kit that contains items you would need...