Science - Not Just For Professionals Anymore

Today I learned that it is indeed possible to put too much horseradish on a sandwich. Yes, even with a generous amount of mayonnaise mixed in, the heaping dollop of horseradish that I smeared on both slices of bread was enough to temporarily disable my tastebuds. On the bright side, however, my sinuses appear to have been permanently cleared.

Look, we can't ALL be busy discovering the cure for cancer. No, some of us must toil away in anonymity, devoting our lives to the pursuit of everyday household science, for the benefit of our fellow man. Today it may be about the sinus-clearing properties of horseradish; but in the past I have researched the multiplicatory effect of refrigerators upon condiments held therein (and invented the word "multiplicatory"), the inevitability of spousal miscommunication re paint colors, the lifespan of zucchini prior to self-liquidation, and many other fascinating scientific questions.

Dammit, I deserve a Nobel.


That clean floor makes me tear up, I love it so.
In other news, it has been over 48 hours and my hall closet is still tidy. True, there are 3 winter coats floating around my bedroom in search of a home, but that is irrelevant. I have met the coat closet on the field of battle and I have triumphed.

Although, wait - to the left of the shoe holders, in that picture there - what's that I spy? Is it...CAN IT BE...an interloper? Why, yes, there hangs a plastic bag, waiting to receive, dare I say it, MORE plastic bags. And believe me, I wasn't the one who put it there.

You know, if this isn't proof that Larry doesn't bother to read my blog, I don't know what is.

So, a poll here (even though, yes, it's the weekend and probably no one will even see this): Where do you folks store your extra plastic bags (and front hall closet would be the WRONG ANSWER), and how do you keep them from taking over the house?











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  1. I try to store them in the garage, but that hasn't worked well in the 20+ years we've lived here, so instead they live in my dining room because that's where my husband puts them. I hate it.

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  2. I have an entire system for plastic bags. I think this means I am a certified old person. 1) We have a thingy affixed to the wall in the stairwell going down to the basement that I put CLEAN plastic bags in, for possible use later. 2) The not-so-clean ones go into another plastic bag that is hanging on the railing in that same stairwell (akin to the bag mentioned in your post above). Those bags are eventually taken to the plastic bag recycling bin outside the grocery store. 3) Then upstairs I have a tissue box that I have repurposed as a storage box for clean plastic bags.

    I try very hard not to even bring plastic bags into the house, but they seem to multiply like rabbits.

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  3. I have a bin in the cellarway, which is close to the litterbox. Most of the time, I use them to clean said box. They do tend to pile up!

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  4. I just moved ours from under the kitchen cabinet to the garage. I really don't want to see them anymore. On a regular basis I go through and recycle. We have a plastic bag holder from Ikea that makes the storage of them fairly organized. But I hate plastic bags - I can't wait till our state starts to charge for them and eventually we are all forced to stop using them all together. As with the commentator above, we do use these to clean our litter boxes and now that I have typed those words, I have to go take care of said job. Ugh!

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  5. We have a holder that hangs on the back of the pantry door. Those bags are used for kitty litter cleaning and lining small garbage cans. If the holder starts to overflow, those bags are put into a plastic bag and those will be recycled. I leave that bag on the pantry floor because I will get tired of it there and will take it to be recycled. Fortunately the grocery store I go to most has plastic bag recycling so it's pretty easy to keep them from getting out of hand. I have 10 canvas bags that I use for grocery shopping so I don't end up with too many plastic bags.

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  6. California doesn't hand out bags for free anymore (well, not at grocery or drug stores) so we find ourselves hoarding the darn things to line trash cans and all the other sundry jobs one reaches for a plastic bag for...I have a trunk full of fabric grocery sacks, and I like using them, but it feels silly to also *buy* a roll of little plastic bags to throw away kitty litter or chicken skin.

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  7. Also, your onions will stay happy and dry in the cupboard with the potatoes--they really hate the fridge.

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  8. That's what I say! I need something to line the little garbage cans with. We store plastic bags under the kitchen sink in a biggish gift bag, and when it starts to overflow, we throw the overflow into the recycling can, also in the kitchen.

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  9. My household use garbage bags I keep in a normal sized, tall kitchen garbage can just outside the door to the garage. Did that make sense? It is by the door that we all take to get into the house from the garage. We just shove them in when we get them and it is easy to pop ourselves out there when we need one inside the house.

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    1. Brilliant idea; I may need to borrow this one.

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  10. I keep our plastic bags near the liter box because that's what they get used for. But I just shove them in the cabinet. At one point, before we redid our kitchen, I had a plastic bag holder (from Bed, Bath and Beyond, I think) hanging inside a cabinet. That worked well so I really should get another one...

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  11. I have one of those cloth bags that you can stash them in and I do reuse them as waste bin liners or for mini trash - smelly stuff that you want to toss before your kitchen trash bin is full. Usually I bring my own bags to the grocery store though so I'm not overwhelmed with them.

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  12. I have a small basket near where the cat's litter box is, which is where I keep the bags. I also keep a newspaper bag there that I stuff the following newspaper bags in, and when it's full it goes to the grocery store for recycling.

    I try to use reusable bags, which I keep in the car, so that I minimize the bags coming in, but they do multiply like rabbits, don't they?

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  13. Ours our currently housed in the garage in a full size garbage bag - waiting to be returned to the store. Before that they were just piled up next to the fridge outside. We also use them to line the small trash cans - but we have more than we could ever use thanks to my husband's love of going to the grocery store.

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  14. Horseradish was known in my house as Polish Dristan.

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  15. AnonymousJune 05, 2017

    I have a 20 year old cloth laundry bag from my university days sitting in a drawer by the back entrance--all reusable plastic bags go in there. The rest are dumped in the recycling bin under the sink. We have MASSIVE garbage and recycling bins that are outside the house; as such, we can afford to have smaller garbage bins in the house as emptying them is easy. And, we have smelly garbage (read: diapers). So, the plastic bags are quickly used up for the kitchen garbage bin and the bathroom garbage bins. The system works for us. We never really collect that many, because we use them up. If we didn't use so many, I think that I'd be much more conscientious about bringing cloth bags for groceries and the like. ps. Love your blog, came over from Bye Bye Pie.
    Wilma

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    1. Yes, when we had kids in diapers, I used up all the plastic bags that made their way into my house (plus all my neighbors' bags, too!). Nice to meet a fellow BBP'er!

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  16. AnonymousJune 08, 2017

    Mine are under the sink and in the basement pantry. I use a gallon milk jug to hold them by cutting out a nice sized hole opposite the handle.

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  17. I so wish I had a hall closet. Currently we are hoarding plastic bags since we have to pay for them now. They still give them out for free at some stores, like Joanns though. I use them for cat litter so I have some under the bathroom sink and some under the kitchen sink and then I have the thick one I bought that I keep on the kitchen table so I can forget them when I go to the store.

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