2019 the year the plastic bag disappeared!
So last year in New Zealand we saw the start of the phase-out of single-use plastic bags, you may or may not think this is a good thing. There's the war cry of, but my bags were never single-use, and as a parent, you put wet clothes in them, clean clothes in them, football boots in winter, swimming gear and then if they don't have holes in them they eventually end up as a bin liner. But what do we do now?
WET BAGS ARE THE ANSWER
Other than the obvious use for wet bags containing used reusable modern cloth nappies, here are 8 other uses for wet bags you might not have thought of.
This one is still my biggest pet peeves and we are still trying to educate our daycare, silly though because they teach the children so much about recycling and sustainability. I absolutely love that my 3.5 year old wants to keep the ocean free of plastic and stops to pick up rubbish when we are out. We include a wet bag in his bag so that wet clothes due to water or messy play come home in it rather than a single-use plastic bag or a rubbish sack.
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2. Toilet Training
So your little one has decided its time for toilet training and in an ideal world, you'd stay at home until they were 100% dry and there was no fear of an accident in the shopping mall. True story this happened to my husband, I'm still laughing a year later. But what's handy is if you keep a spare change of clothes in the wet bag ready to go and any accidents on the run is just a simple swap clean ones out dirty ones in.
Pack a wet bag in for swimming lessons, a day at the beach, or your child's school bag. After a swim the wet togs, towel rolled up, sandals, and goggles can all come home in a large wet bag. Lay the sandals and goggles to dry when back at home and toss both the togs and the wet bag straight into the washing machine. This stops everything else on the beach or school bag getting wet
4. Pump Parts
If you've been a working pumping mum you'll now that storing your pumps in the work fridge can sometimes feel a little uncomfortable even though it shouldn't! When I first went back to work I was working in different client environments, some I felt totally comfortable and some not so much, so having my pumps in a wet-bag meant they all just thought it was my lunch. I rinse my pump parts and then store them in a wet bag in the fridge. At the end of the day, I wash the used bag and pack a new one for the next workday. It's so much better than using a new disposable plastic zip lock bag each day or a plastic bag in a pinch.
5. Rubbish Bag
No doubt you've always got a lunch box or snacks on hand for the little ones, pop one of the wet bags in your bag to have on hand for rubbish, much easier than trying to find a bin and if you're like me it pains you to put organic matter and recyclable items into general rubbish bins.
6. Toilet Bag
I find I always have a mountain of products to take with me on holiday and somehow they don't all fit in a standard wash bag, things like shampoo bottles, wash clothes, soap holders (for bar soap or solid shampoo) and body moisturiser. These fit nicely inside a large wet bag and it doesn't matter if grab them straight from the shower, you know the rest of your bag isn't going to end up wet or clothes stained if the lid pops off.
I use a lot of cloth wipes for grubby hands and faces instead of paper towels. To save me walking back and forward to the laundry all day I hang a wet bag in my kitchen and then just empty it every couple of days.
7. Laptop travel case
Trying to save space in your suitcase is an art, want to pack the laptop but want to keep the mouse and cords together without the bulk of a laptop case. Pop your laptop into a large wet bag. Not only will it be neatly contained but it will also stop it from getting wet.
8. Car Sickness
Our son would get car sick when he was rear-facing and not wanting to turn him until we felt ready we persevered and had to change clothes frequently due to vomit. Keeping a wet bag in the car meant all the clothes went straight into the bag and zipped up to deal with once we were home.
Hopefully, you have a few more ideas of what you can do with the pretty wet bags you have.
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