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27 Zero Waste DIY Ideas That Will Make You Say, "My God, It's Brilliant"

Never buy hair elastics, coffee filters, or plastic sandwich baggies ever again.

1. Easily make a reusable coffee filter in just five — yes, five! — minutes using unbleached muslin.

2. Turn some leftover string or twine into a knotted grocery bag.,

The best part about a netted bag is that it won't trap random onion and garlic skin at the bottom (don't you hate that??!)

DIY String Grocery Bag Instructions

3. Reuse your pasta jars as drinking glasses.

This brand even has little measurement marks which can come in handy.

4. Turn old t-shirts or rags into DIY citrus oil dusting wipes you can use over and over again.

5. Ever feel pangs of guilt every time you pull out a Clorox wipe? Here's how to make reusable Clorox-style wipes.

The recipe is basically rubbing alcohol and essential oils.

DIY Reusable Clorox Wipes Instructions

6. Make your own reusable bread loaf bag.

It'll come in handy whether you bake your own bread or get it from the bakery.

DIY Cloth Bread Loaf Bag Instructions

7. Make these velcro sandwich bags so you can help banish plastic baggies, one school lunch at a time.

8. Instead of using Swiffer pads, just grab an old fuzzy sock that's lost its way.

9. Recycle those mesh produce bags by crocheting them into pot scrubbers.

10. Got leftover twine instead? Make your own dish scrubbies.

11. These washcloth-turned-dryer-sheets are only 4 ingredients.

You can also use upcycled t-shirts.

DIY Dryer Sheets Instructions

12. If you have old newspaper lying around, master this special folding technique so you can use them as trash can liners.

13. Make dishwasher tablets in an old ice tray.

This mom claims that this recipe actually works beautifully at cleaning dishes.

DIY Dishwasher Tablets Instructions

14. Make your own reusable machine-washable cotton rounds.

15. If you don't sew, you can also crochet your own makeup rounds.

16. Reusable tea bags are basically the cutest thing ever.

It's worth learning how to sew just for this DIY if you're a tea drinker.

DIY Reusable Tea Bags Instructions

17. Make a mini-greenhouse using an old 2-liter soda bottle.

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You'll want to make small air holes with a needle.

DIY Mini-Greenhouse Instructions

18. Keep snacks fresh with these DIY reusable oilcloth bowl covers.

19. Store your produce in jars instead of plastic produce bags.

There's a whole list here of what produce you should store in mason jars with a lid ( like lettuce, mushrooms), and which ones you should store in a bowl with water on the bottom (like carrots and broccoli).

20. Never buy Saran wrap again with this beeswax food wrap DIY.

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21. Get yourself a soap bar that can do it all — shampoo, soap, and shaving.

This recipe uses just two ingredients: coconut oil and lye.

DIY 4-in-1 Soap Bar Instructions

22. These homemade makeup remover cloths features really simple, clean ingredients — unlike the store-bought version.

23. Hanging reusable multi-use kitchen towels on a hook might even encourage your household to reach for them more often than the paper ones.

24. Or just straight-up replace your paper towels with these un-paper ones.

25. Practice the art of reusing clothes as gift wrap.

26. These baby wipes are only three ingredients, for real.

27. Repurpose your old tights and never buy hair elastics again.