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. Frugal Fani on February 10, 2022 at 7:12 pm

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

  2. Sheila Yungk on February 10, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    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!!!!

  3. Arun Kumar on February 10, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    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..

  4. Kay on February 10, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    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

  5. Help With Food Storage on February 10, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    Safe Plastics for Food.

  6. Brandon Howarth on February 10, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    More comments maybe later next year jan 2022

  7. Denise Pascarelli on February 10, 2022 at 7:29 pm

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

  8. gammabase on February 10, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    I raised my had ,, and felt the slap 👋

  9. Sacha Abreu on February 10, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    Jjjjj 👋fhew loved that super cute!

  10. John on February 10, 2022 at 7:31 pm

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

  11. Ian J. A. Green on February 10, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    Late to the game, but this is awesome

  12. Sacha Abreu on February 10, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    Your awesome thank you!

  13. Savana Nix on February 10, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    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.

  14. muriel lockhoff on February 10, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    Thank you want to plant garlic 🧄 in garden and this will save me some money 💰

  15. Sumbul Khan on February 10, 2022 at 7:37 pm

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

  16. 7i7i. sqw on February 10, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    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

  17. Giant Whale on February 10, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    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.

  18. Cecilia Gongora on February 10, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    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

  19. Sacha Abreu on February 10, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    Why do they make 3@6 !!!!😭😭😭

  20. Brandon Howarth on February 10, 2022 at 7:46 pm

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

  21. Laurie Dodd on February 10, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    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.

  22. muriel lockhoff on February 10, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    Thank you I want to plant garlic 🧄 in coffee pots to save a little 💰

  23. Sparta Halo on February 10, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    Bad ass mom 😂

  24. AstonVice on February 10, 2022 at 7:57 pm

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

  25. Prasadi Nimeshika on February 10, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    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?

  26. Today's Special Minis on February 10, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    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.

  27. filter taylor on February 10, 2022 at 7:58 pm

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

  28. gulzar fathima on February 10, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    thnk u for this info,well appreciated, love from India🇮🇳

  29. Eugenia Jackson on February 10, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    “Raise your hand if you microwave plastic”…

    Me: 🙋🏾‍♀️…. *slap 👋🏻💥*

    Yes I kinda felt that slap through my phone 😩😂😂

  30. Edna Edna on February 10, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    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?

  31. Drena Turner on February 10, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    Can you modpog plastic before you paint

  32. Sidra Zahid on February 10, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    Can we use plastic bottles for storage of water in fridge

  33. Susan Rose on February 10, 2022 at 8:06 pm

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

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