10 Uses for Glad Press ‘N Seal Plastic Wrap

posted by Andrea | 07/10/2015
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10 uses for glad press n seal

We always have at least 2 or 3 rolls of plastic wrap in our house as I’ve found it comes in handy SO often (and not just in the kitchen).

My favorite type of plastic wrap is the Glad Press ‘N Seal (which I included in my list of Favorite Things two summers ago because we use it so often!)

This stuff is amazing, and although it’s more expensive than traditional plastic wrap, I ALWAYS keep it in the house and I regularly come up with different uses for it.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, this post is NOT sponsored in any way… I just really REALLY like Glad Press ‘n Seal 🙂

1. A Cover for Paint Brushes and Rollers

I do a lot of painting — in fact, in the last month, I’ve repainted 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 3 pieces of furniture, and the trim in 3 rooms.

Since I almost only paint when the kids are sleeping, it usually takes me a couple of nights to finish a project. In between painting sessions, I cover my brushes, rollers, and any other painting supplies with Press ‘n Seal wrap and they stay good for days.

This means I only need to wash out my brushes and clean up one time instead of every single time I finish for the day. I’ve been using this tip for YEARS and it’s a huge time and money saver!

2. Line Paint Trays so You Can Reuse Them

Paint trays are usually $5-$10 depending on what kind you buy. Then, the liners are usually around $1 each. This might not seem like that much, but when you paint a lot with many different colors, that cost can add up.

Plus, for some reason, I seem to ALWAYS buy the wrong size liner for my paint trays!

Thankfully, I solved that problem about 6 years ago when I realized that Press ‘n Seal wrap was the PERFECT alternative to paint trays — and it only costs pennies.

Simply line your paint tray with Press n’ Seal (pressing it down very firmly), pour your paint in, and you’re ready to go. When you’re finished, just pull up the Press ‘n Seal and toss it in the trash.

3. Keep Your Jewelry Tangle-Free

Whether you’re traveling for the summer or just bringing a change of clothes for an event after work, you can keep any jewelry you’re bringing along completely tangle-free, neat, and organized by laying it on a piece of Press ‘n Seal wrap and then putting another piece over top.

Simply press all around the edges of each jewelry item, then roll it up and place it in your bag.

Even though I don’t wear a ton of jewelry, this is an awesome trick that I’ve used frequently over the years!

4. Keep Refrigerator Drawers and Shelves Clean

If you are constantly battling sticky, dirty, grimy refrigerator shelves and drawers, try lining them with Press ‘n Seal wrap first. Then the next time you spill, simply pull up the plastic wrap and put another layer down.

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5. Prevent Ice Cream Freezer Burn

We ALWAYS have multiple varieties of ice cream in the house. And although we keep it all downstairs in our deep freezer before we open it (the deep freezer is better to prevent freezer burn), once we open a container, we bring it up to our normal freezer.

When we do this, we will often cover the surface of the ice cream with Press ‘n Seal wrap and then put the cover on as it definitely does a great job of extending the life of our ice cream and preventing freezer burn. Plus, it only takes 5 seconds, so it’s totally worth it!

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6. Cover a Glass for a Small Child

For those of you trying to transition your kids from a sippy cup to a regular glass, this tip is genius (especially if you’re out and about or at a guest’s house where you don’t want them to spill).

Simply cover an adult drinking glass with Press ‘n Seal wrap and poke a straw hole through the center.  They can sip away while you enjoy your time without constantly worry about them spilling.

7. Prevent Spills When Traveling

Have you ever packed sunscreen or lotion or any other liquidy item for vacation… only to discover that item leaked all over your suitcase?

If so, the next time you travel, take a few minutes to wrap the tops of your liquidy items in Press ‘n Seal wrap and THEN screw on the top. You most likely won’t have any issues with spills.

8. Cover Seedlings to Keep Moisture In

There was a time, before we had kids, when I grew many of my flowers and vegetables from seeds. I would put them on heating blankets in our living room, cover them with Press ‘n Seal wrap, and put them by a sunny, south-facing window. It worked like a charm — and SO much better than any other frugal method I tried.

Someday, I’ll try this again with Nora — but it will definitely need to wait until we don’t have busy toddlers and curious babies around to play in the dirt!

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9. Cover your Smart Phone to Keep it Dry and Clean

When I’m painting, gardening, or going for a walk when it might rain, I’ll often wrap my phone in Press ‘n Seal wrap to prevent it from getting dirty, messy, or wet.

I can still use the touch screen even with the plastic wrap on top — and I like the extra layer of protection!

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10. Keep Your Bananas From Ripening Too Quickly

I read this tip a long time ago and although I don’t do it all the time (because we eat bananas so quickly) I will say that it does work.

If your bananas are going bad too quickly, I would definitely suggest giving this a try. Or, you could always just toss them in the freezer for banana bread or smoothies!

So there you have it, 10 of my favorite non-food ways to use Glad Press ‘n Seal wrap.

I’m guessing I use it at some point every single day because it’s just SO handy… and at roughly $3 a roll, it’s a pretty frugal “fix” for so many daily household issues!

Do you have any other clever uses for Press ‘n Seal?

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  2. Alison

    12/05/2016

    Use as a plastic cap for hair masks or dye.

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  3. Alison

    12/05/2016

    Apply pieces to exterior of windows to prevent bird strikes. (You may need to secure with tape) The birds see something solid there and hopefully turn away. Not very aesthetically pleasing, but worth saving the life of a bird!

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    Alison Reply:

    I should add that I only do this when there is heightened bird activity around my house. The press n seal comes down when the activity dies down again.

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  4. sarah

    03/14/2016

    Line refrigerator shelves for quick and easy clean up

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, that’s a good one too!

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  5. Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

    09/08/2015

    I wish I could say this is an original idea because it’s brilliant and has made my temporary situation more bearable. I’m on daily IV antibiotics which requires a picc line that must stay dry. I was muddling through sponge baths when a friend told me about Press ‘n Seal and how she’d used it when her mother was in a similar situation. Now I’m singing its praises. It creates a perfect seal in the shower. Wonderful product. One of these days I’ll try it on food. 😉

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  6. Melanie

    07/16/2015

    Love these ideas… we’re gearing up to do quite a bit of painting, so I’m excited to try this trick! You said you take multiple days to sometimes finish painting…how do you keep your rooms from looking like you’ve painted on different days? Are you always able to paint a full wall at a time? I’ll be painting during naptimes too 🙂

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  7. Debbie W.

    07/13/2015

    Great ideas! I never thought of any of these before, but will definitely be implementing many of them in the future. Especially the paint brush cover. I’ve been taught to use plastic grocery bags wrapped with a rubber band for the same purpose, but I think I like the press n’ seal better.

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  8. Library Momma

    07/12/2015

    Great paint ideas, and ideal timing I am about ready to start a paint project in three rooms and a vanity. What paint do you like to use? How overdue is Baby Dekker? Hang in there!

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  9. Jennifer P

    07/11/2015

    I have an elderly friend who was going on vacation with some family, so her daughter packaged up her daily meds in the press and seal. Then she labeled them by day and time; Monday morning, lunch, etc. It made it easier for her family to help her with daily meds.

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  10. My dog's mommy

    07/11/2015

    My little Schnauzer got a foxtail between his toes and we had to have a vet remove it. So he needs a bandage over the site, with antiobiotic cream, which he’d lick right off without a dressing. I used a combination of 2x2s, some 2 inch wide kerlex, and 2 inch wide stretch tape (like the stuff you get when they take an IV out.)

    So it worked fine until for some reason we got a freaky rainstorm here and I needed to figure out a way to keep his dressing dry and still let him roam and sniff out back. I tried putting his foot in a Baggie and taping it and it was a disaster. Then read this post! Said to self, did I not buy some of that stuff many years ago and stuck it in the bottom of the bags and wraps drawer? Yep it was still there. Made a perfectly great boot for the teeny foot of my pooch. Today, it’s back to 90 and blazing sun so everything is dry.

    Rain only succeeded in spotting the windows I just washed on Monday. Been checking back looking for arrival of baby! Well I’m off to do the windows again but hoping someone will post his arrival either here or FB. My baby girl was a week late and I was getting very very ready to pop her out. She apparently was also since I had a very short labor and five big pushes. Wishing you the best birth ever. Short and sweet!!

    Thanks for the press n seal tip, we all thank you human and canine alike.

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  11. Laura

    07/10/2015

    I was just at the doctor and he said to use Press and Seal to cover an open wound to protect it in the shower. Just another random use!

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    Andrea Reply:

    cool! Great tip!

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  12. Jackie B

    07/10/2015

    While this tip isn’t something that I expect anybody on this site to use, I though it was such a unique use that I had to share it.
    I work at a hospital and many of the kids have central lines (basically bigger IVs that can stay in place for months/years). The lines and the dressings can’t get wet, but the kids still need to shower, so we wrap Press n Seal around the lines! Most parents/kids prefer it other stuff, even specially designed medical shower barriers!

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    Andrea Reply:

    wow — that’s awesome Jackie! So cool that a common grocery store product is helping hospitalized children! I hope the people at Glad somehow see this post and read the comments!!

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  13. Jen

    07/10/2015

    I LOVE Press-n-Seal too! And, even though it’s more pricey, I can get it MUCH cheaper–and in larger rolls–at our local warehouse club!

    And, while I love this post, I must admit, I keep checking in waiting to see Baby Dekker! 🙂

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    Andrea Reply:

    you and thousands of other people… everyone is waiting!

    also, when you say “warehouse club” do you mean Costco and Sam’s?

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    Jen Reply:

    I’m sorry! I feel bad for you, knowing so many people are waiting! ACK! I didn’t even tell people (not even grandparents or anyone!) when I went to the hospital to deliver for that VERY reason. I couldn’t take the pressure! HAHA

    And, yes, here in Baltimore, we use BJs, but it’s essentially the same thing and the Press-n-Seal is SOOO much cheaper that way and I can get two large rolls at once. Plus, unlike other warehouse clubs, BJs accepts manufacturer’s coupons. So, on the off chance I can snag a coupon (I don’t bother with them usually.), I can get it even cheaper. And, I can use TWO coupons since it’s a two-pack!

    My only “beef” (and it’s silly!) is that the rolls are big and it’s a little tricky to get them in the drawer where I store all my wraps/bags/etc., but I deal with it. 🙂

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    Andrea Reply:

    we don’t tell ANYONE when we go to the hospital either — only my sister since she lives down the road and will be the one watching Nora and Simon. We don’t even call our parents until we are in the “recovery” room because I just like having a little time alone with the baby. Hopefully we can do it the same way again this time!

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    Ann Reply:

    Costco has giant packs of it! Totally one thing I get there.

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  14. lydia @ frugaldebtfreelife

    07/10/2015

    When moving you can wrap your clothes all together in the drawer to keep from having to box up all your clothes.

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  15. Dana

    07/10/2015

    Once, when moving across town, I simply put Press ‘n Seal over the tops of my dresser drawers and moved them with the contents still inside. Lazy, yes, but in my defense, I was 9 months pregnant when we decided to buy our house!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Yup, I’ve done that before 🙂 Not at 9 months pregnant either so I don’t even have that excuse!

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  16. Maria

    07/10/2015

    Hi Andrea! Do you have any thoughts on painting safely while pregnant? I have a number of painting projects I would love to get done before baby arrives. Thanks and love your blog!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Hey Maria,
    I’m probably not the person to ask because I’ve never worried about painting or really doing any type of house project while pregnant. We’ve worked on massive house projects and done tons of painting through all 3 of my pregnancies with no issues. I know most of the paint out there today is SUPER safe for use around pets and kids so I’ve never been worried about it.

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  17. MrsD

    07/10/2015

    You are so stinkin’ smart!!!! I love all of these but especially the jewelry and kid’s cup ideas! Obviously, it doesn’t make your jewelry sticky either which is what I would have thought. Totally genius ideas here! This should be a sponsored post because I’m buying some of this now and never have. (and I’m pretty darn frugal)

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