There are a bunch of ways to reuse paper bags before they need to be sent to a recycling centre, such as making lanterns, puppets, or masks; in fact, we’ve let you in on how to do all those things here on the Paper Bag Co blog. Unfortunately, your paper bags need to be on the prettier side to make those transformations work; a large and ugly grease stain just isn’t going to cut it.
Grease stains can often occur since paper bags are frequently used to carry fast food. You might think that nothing can be done, but, in actuality, a substance as common as flour can be used to get your greasy paper bag back into prime condition.
You’ll need to start by gathering some normal flour, a couple of pieces of tissue paper, and a brush with soft bristles. Start by placing your dry tissue paper over the paper that has been stained, pressing down firmly as you do so. Next, remove those tissues and pour some flour over the affected area. You can now put your feet up for thirty minutes or so as the flour does its work.
After your thirty-minute break is over, start using the scrubbing brush to lightly rub away the flour from the bag. Remember not to scrub too hard or you might damage the bag itself. The intense dryness of the flour should have absorbed the staining grease below. If the grease is not completely gone, just try the process again.
Make sure you throw the flour away each time instead of saving it for baking! The grease will not have made it taste good and it is likely to clump up into small balls.
There you have it: a quick and easy way to remove grease spots from your paper bags. You can now use them in arts and crafts to your heart’s content without having to worry about those unsightly spots.