Kitchen plastic

Published on February 15th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Plastic Bag Trash Receptacle

Rationell, hacksaw, epoxy (optional)

Description: This little hack turns a Rationell trash receptacle into an interior cabinet trash holder that can reuse plastic grocery bags.

I used a hacksaw blade to cut at the red lines. Originally, I tried a utility knife but found the plastic was too brittle and had a tendency to suddenly split.

The plastic bag handles hook onto the little “nubs” left on each side and the handles feed into the little triangles at the top.

By cutting away at the body, it allows the bag to expand to hold much more. Optionally, I laid a little epoxy along some of the plastic bends to strengthen it up a bit.

Install it inside a cabinet and start reusing all those plastic trash bags you accumulate at the grocery.

~ Jeff Yu, Naperville, IL

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

7 Responses to Plastic Bag Trash Receptacle

  1. Anonymous says:

    This would be beyond perfect for a ladies bathroom for an under sink mount, for that special week we all love.
    Wouldn’t have to be on display, and won’t have to worry about pets getting curious. That week and the cat box are why I still use plastic bags every couple of visits to the store.

  2. Anonymous says:

    no added value.

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is such a clever hack that I hesitate to say this, but -

    Please consider using re-usable grocery bags, and keeping a small nylon re-usable bag in your pocket for errands. The only thing better than re-using plastic bags is to not bring them home at all! It is quite easy when you get used to it.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Very cool. I have the older rationell plastic bag holders, and I line them with plastic bags but indeed, the two problems are nowhere to secure the bag, and that it can’t expand. You solved both problems. I might steal your idea and cut out one of the sides to get that nub for the handles.

  5. David Atman says:

    Awesome! You just doubled IKEA practicality, and that’s no easy task! Well cut, Jeff.

  6. Laurel says:

    I think this was a very clever hack. You saw a need and you took care of it.

  7. Anonymous says:

    The Seattle IKEA carries a Rationell device specifically for this purpose. It is a snap-together plastic basket that is open at the top and attaches inside a cabinet door with either adhesive pads or screws. I think it costs $1.99. Have also seen it in the New Haven, CT store.

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