This clothes hanger bag clip trick allows you to reduce the amount of waste and recycling that you create while keeping your kitchen cupboards cleaner and tidier!
I just had to share this super simple idea for recycling/re-using clothing hangers today because these are something that I seem to have a lot of and you might too! These hangers with the clips on them are especially common on kids’ clothes and we tend to have a lot of them show up in the house around Christmas and birthdays. I have to admit that I really prefer to have all matching hangers, so I don’t really love all the mis-matched store hangers for hanging clothes in our closets, but I still always keep a few around in the back of a closet. It just seems like such a waste to throw away something that looks like it could be so useful! It turns out that I was right! 🙂
How to Turn Clothes Hangers into Bag Clips
I have to say, I’m kind of picky when it comes to bag clips. They’re an absolute essential in our house for keeping all kinds of things in our kitchen cupboards tidy and organized, but they also seem to grow legs and get used for things like organizing camping supplies or building blanket forts. I always buy the really strong sturdy plastic clips because the wooden ones just aren’t strong enough for my liking, but these clothes hanger clips are just as good (maybe better!) and they’re free! Plus, you know I love anything that keeps my trash can or recycling bins from overflowing. It’s a constant battle.
Ideally, I’ve love to buy everything in my reusable glass jars from the bulk store, (as we discussed back here a few months ago) but we do still end up with the odd plastic bag here and there and I hate how messy they can get in a cupboard.
So here’s what you do! The next time you have a hanger that looks like this come into your possession, set it aside until you have a spare minute to run out to the garage with it.
To remove the clips from either end, simply cut through the plastic of the hanger right next to it. I used an oscillating tool, but almost any saw-type tool will do. You could probably even use a simple hack saw pretty easily.
I don’t recommend trying to break the clippy ends off because you’ll probably end up with a few sharp edges if you’re successful, or you’ll just end up breaking the clip part right in half since that’s the weakest point on that section of the hanger.
The Clothes Hanger Bag Clip in Action
Here it is, clipping bags like that’s what it was meant to do! Bag clips are one of those simple things that makes life in a busy kitchen so much less frustrating and now we have a better way to clip!
Do you use bag clips in your kitchen too? What other uses have you found for these clippy hangers?
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.