During the summer months, we use Hefty slider bags daily — to pack camp lunches, to store and organize summer produce, to snack on-the-go, and to freeze favorite summer foods for later. And that can add up to a lot of baggies! So we have a simple system we use to wash and reuse our slider bags, so we’re sure to get the most bang for our buck (and keep waste out of the landfill!).
I’ve found that the biggest obstacle in washing and drying baggies is having a good place for them to dry, so before you get washing, take some time to perfect your set up. We use a metal shelf with clips over a water-friendly spot in the kitchen to dry our bags. Simulate the experience by running a string over the sink, dish drainer, or a sunny window, and use clothes pins to string up your baggies.
Next, use warm water and just a few drops of soap to clean the baggies, and then rinse thoroughly. Hang the baggies up, being sure that the sides are fluffed out and not touching anywhere (this will prevent them from drying quickly). Wait until bags are completely dry, and then fold up for reuse. That’s it!
I reuse a lot of bags, but I always toss baggies that are discolored, smell off, are old, or have had raw meat or greasy foods in them. Happy reusing!
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