Plastics that are safe to reuse in your home

Plastics that are safe to reuse in your home

Hi guys, It’s Frugal Fani. Did #plasticfreejuly sneak up on you? Do you need help determining which single-use plastics are okay to reuse and which should go right in the recycle bin? I did some research and have some facts to share with you that may help you to reuse or recycle the plastic that is hiding in your kitchen cabinets. First, plastics are assigned numbers based on their components. You can find the plastic number inside the triangle-shaped recycle symbol – usually found on the bottom of plastic packaging. The number inside helps you decide if you want to buy that product, reuse that empty container, or recycle it. Honestly, more and more plastic products are not accepted at recycling facilities because there is no market for them. Plastic identified with the numbers 1,2,4 or 5 are safe to reuse at home. You can store food in these, wash them by hand with mild detergent, and get plenty of use out of them. However, you should not heat these single-use plastic containers and you certainly should NOT put them in the microwave. No plastic should ever go in the microwave. When you microwave plastic, the product releases toxins and products into your air, water and food that are not healthy and not meant to be consumed.
The plastics that you should not reuse at home are identified by the numbers 3,6 or 7. For various reasons, these plastics are unhealthy, release toxins into your food and beverage, are should not be purchased or reused. The most frequently used one of these is #6 styrofoam. Styrofoam should not be heated. When heated it releases styrenes into your food or beverage, and these are toxic. So, why is it that companies serve hot coffee in styrofoam cups? Hmm, they ought not to do that. Bad companies. When I searched through all my saved plastics I did find a styrofoam tray that had housed chicken breasts, as well as 2 clear clamshell containers that I purchased at a school cafeteria. They were salad containers. I’m sad that a school was utilizing unhealthy plastics and you better believe I’m going to write a letter to the school district about that poor practice. I hope this was helpful to you. Please click Like, Subscribe, and leave any questions in the comments section. Frugal Fani says Peace!


  1. Kay on June 30, 2022 at 3:36 am

    I’m single, so everyday I i use disposable plates in microwave to heat up my food. Is this wrong? If so what’s the practical alternative? Thanks in advance

  2. John on June 30, 2022 at 3:37 am

    hi, can i use buckets that had motor oil to grow tomatoes

  3. Brandon Howarth on June 30, 2022 at 3:38 am

    More comments maybe later next year jan 2022

  4. Frugal Fani on June 30, 2022 at 3:38 am

    Check out this article – HOPE for removing existing microplastics from our natural environment:

  5. Help With Food Storage on June 30, 2022 at 3:38 am

    Safe Plastics for Food.

  6. Decent Deeds on June 30, 2022 at 3:39 am

    I planted potato seeds inside a #7S plastic pot, should I worry of any harm? What does the S symbolize?

  7. filter taylor on June 30, 2022 at 3:41 am

    Plastic is a bit unstable. So how long can we use a food container before it starts to turn back into crude oil?

  8. Denise Pascarelli on June 30, 2022 at 3:45 am

    I DID in fact, miss plastic free July!! Thanks dear Frugal Fani!! Wish you were my teacher!!

  9. Today's Special Minis on June 30, 2022 at 3:46 am

    Well, you said #6 is styrofoam, but plastic must come in different numbers because the clamshell lunch containers were #6, too – and that’s not styrofoam, is it? Or does styrofoam come in different varieties? I’m asking because I was looking specifically for #6 plastics like those in my supermarket to test out how well they work as shrink plastic. I found it very odd that I could only find #6 plastic on two items (both dessert items). The only other number I saw at all was a #1. Even stranger still – most of the plastic had no numbers on them at all. So what does that mean? Are these numberless plastics un-recyclable? Are the safe/unsafe for reuse? Or have plastic makers lobbied to not have to label plastic anymore? Or have they gotten more devious and refuse to clearly state what kind of plastic is being used? I’m not asking you these questions – just some questions I started thinking about after noting most of the plastic had no symbols or numbers at all. Things that make you go…….hmmmmm.

  10. Drena Turner on June 30, 2022 at 3:46 am

    Can you modpog plastic before you paint

  11. Prasadi Nimeshika on June 30, 2022 at 3:47 am

    Thank you so much madam..I have 2 questions .
    1.what is the most suitable plastic for spices and grains in pantry cupboards?
    2.what is the most suitable plastic to store meat and vegetables in refrigerator?

  12. Susan Rose on June 30, 2022 at 3:50 am

    I can’t get Rick to stop microwaving plastic. Drive me crazy!

  13. 7i7i. sqw on June 30, 2022 at 3:53 am

    I’m curious about reusing the dispenser pump, does anyone know what plastic they are made of and can I reuse them? I always refill my hand wash bottles and I found out they are made of thicker pet1 plastic, not sure should I toss them away as I heard it is not intended to be reuse

  14. Arun Kumar on June 30, 2022 at 4:00 am

    Hi…I am from India….In Google.. no 1 plastics are not to reuse ….But u told no 1 plastics are good to reuse…..pls ans for this…And I have another question…Why pet water bottels have expairy date…And is any difderence or types in pet plastics..

  15. Sacha Abreu on June 30, 2022 at 4:01 am

    Your awesome thank you!

  16. Savana Nix on June 30, 2022 at 4:09 am

    It’s super helpful, but I find some of your language is a little harmful. Hormones come in all forms and can be healthy for someone who may need them.

  17. Sheila Yungk on June 30, 2022 at 4:11 am

    Thank you so much for the information!! You did it quick and so simple to understand!! I have a container with a 4 at the bottom that I use to hold cold water in my office. Now I know that it is safe. Believe me, I much prefer glass. What about the plastic container that you are drinking from in this video? You never mentioned that one. What number is it? We just bought a new Vitamix for my mom. It came with heavy duty plastic containers. I will have to check those out for the numbers they have. I would only use those for cold liquids. They must be safe if you are drinking from it yourself. Again. Thank you!!!!

  18. on June 30, 2022 at 4:12 am

    Thank you!! Lady

  19. Edna Edna on June 30, 2022 at 4:13 am

    Hello Frugal Fani. I bought some plastic containers from the 99c store to plant some vegetables. These containers are made of polycarbonate. Is this safe?

  20. MAR Reborns on June 30, 2022 at 4:14 am

    Wonxer why most xrinks cones in #1 …shouldnt be #2? How many ppls leave drinks bottles in the car or kids have them all say in their back packs?

  21. Giant Whale on June 30, 2022 at 4:16 am

    I have plastic containers that I bought in dozen…it comes in handy with you put rawp or cooked meat and keep in fridge or freezer. underneath it reads…freezer -18°. Dish wash ok and microwave heating only or microwave reheatable. So My question is at what deg° do I set the microwave or what setting is it…low, med, M High or High. If foods is room temp. How long do I need to set it…1,2,3 mins?? Thanks.

  22. Sumbul Khan on June 30, 2022 at 4:17 am

    Good information. Kindly reply to the questions people asked here after seeing your video. Thanks

  23. Cecilia Gongora on June 30, 2022 at 4:18 am

    Can you tell us about plasticTupperware it’s been around a very long time and I have some pieces that are like 30 years old can you help me out

  24. corbett coburn on June 30, 2022 at 4:19 am

    Recycling (in the usual sense) is designed to make idiots feel good about themselves but is terribly harmful to the environment. It takes more energy (gas and oil) to recycle a plastic bottle than make one. (As a rule of thumb, if people won’t pay you for the thing you are recycling, you would be doing the environment a favor by throwing it into the trash.) On the other hand, REUSING plastic makes both economic and environmental sense. Telling people what plastics are safe to store food in is good. Good video.

  25. Sidra Zahid on June 30, 2022 at 4:20 am

    Can we use plastic bottles for storage of water in fridge

  26. Brandon Howarth on June 30, 2022 at 4:22 am

    Paper cups, plastic and glass cups resin would be better maybe if natural or organic?

  27. AstonVice on June 30, 2022 at 4:23 am

    Bye bye cup noodles!!! Bye bye K cup coffee!!!

  28. Ian J. A. Green on June 30, 2022 at 4:28 am

    Late to the game, but this is awesome

  29. Laurie Dodd on June 30, 2022 at 4:33 am

    Well done! Lots of good information! I have 2 comments.
    1) Some chicken is sold not in those awful styrofoam trays but in clear plastic #1 PETE trays, which are recycleable! I choose those, since I have not gone the private butcher route like you.
    2) In Fairfax County, VA, the head of the solid waste division said that plastic #6 is not currently being recycled. It gets sent to the incinerator. Check your local recycling or solid waste program.

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