How to Create a Makeshift Garment Bag with a Box of Kitchen Trash Bags

This clever hack will definitely save you money!

Chances are, there are plenty of items in your closet that you don’t wear on a daily basis. There’s no shame in that! It’s the same for everyone. We all have special coats tucked away for the next season or dresses that we’ve only worn once and maybe will wear once again. But whether you wear them often or not, you’ll want to be sure you’re keeping treasured garments safe and sound.

Thankfully, we’ve figured out a clever way to make a makeshift garment bag to protect those coveted closet items from dreadful dust. And the best part? It won’t cost much. All it requires is a box of household trash bags!

How to Create a Makeshift Garment Bag

Creating a makeshift garment bag is surprisingly simple, and it only takes a few minutes. Start by grabbing and opening up your trash bag and turning it upside down. With the clothing item still on the hanger, put it in the bag with the hanger toward the sealed bottom of the bag. Use the end of the hanger to poke a hole in the garbage bag, allowing the hook to pop out. Pull the bag down to cover the rest of the garment, and let it hang.

There’s no need to twist or tie the bags here. It’s better to keep the air free-flowing rather than trapping in any potential moisture that could cause damage to the item.

Want to make sure you’re not wasting bags? Reduce the number of bags you’re using by combining a few items that will fit together. Then, reuse the bags over and over as you swap out your clothing.

Don’t miss Marie Kondo’s organization tips for your closet.

More Handy Household Hacks

Want even more clever household tricks? Be sure the clothes you’re hanging are clean and in tip-top shape. That all starts with cleaning your washing machine so your clothes will smell nice and fresh.

On a cleaning spree? Head to the kitchen to clean up the outside of your favorite pan with this clever cleaning hack, and then refresh the glass on your oven door. Don’t forget to take care of your dishwasher, too! This genius trick to clean your dishwasher filter is a must-try.

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Molly Allen
Molly Allen is a previous bakery owner and former event planner. Now, a freelance writer and editor focused on food and beverage, lifestyle, travel and parties, she brings her years of experience and industry knowledge to readers across a variety of platforms.