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Handy Plastic Bag Storage Idea Re-Purposing a Wet Wipe Container

Few things are more gratifying than MacGyvering a useful tool out of some simple item.

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We have featured dozens of these ideas in the past, such as finding a new use for a lotion bottle, old pillow, wine bottle, wood scraps and even Styrofoam coolers.

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What we have for you today was discovered after a recent visit to a friend’s home. She had found a unique and wonderful benefit to holding on to empty wet wipe containers:

Plastic Bag Storage – the MacGyver Way

We are referring to the kind of containers you might find branded with Wet Ones Hand Wipes or Lysol Disinfecting Wipes to name a few.


When the wipes had been used up from keeping her house surfaces clean, she then takes the empty container, pops off the top, and  gives it a cleaning.


The empty containers from these products serve as a very functional plastic bag storage unit.

We found that plastic bags of any type work very well. We tested garbage bags, store bags, and even used storage (sandwich and freezer) bags with success. The process is self explanatory for the most part.

Clean the inside and stuff with bags right?

Yes, but if you want it to work well and not tear up your bags, you must make a small modification to the lid.

Plastic Bag Storage Lid Modification


  1. Take your wipes container and pop off the top.
  2. Cut/Break off the plastic tabs (we used standard scissors). On the Lysol brand they feature plastic tabs inside the lid that serve as a way to dispense the wipes without them falling back inside the container. This is great for wipes but tears apart bags. They must be removed.
  3. There are 4 total tabs that need to be removed to make the plastic bags dispense smoothly. Once removed, replace the lid and start stuffing it with bags!

What do you use for plastic bag storage? Share you tips in the comments below!

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