How To Wash Ziploc Bags
Washing Ziploc type bags may seem tedious and petty. I disagree. I can't say I save a ton of money each year by washing and reusing these baggies, but I do save money. More important to me I help save the environment. Frugality is not just about saving money, but doing what is right for the environment around us. Reusing items helps in this effort. This effort usually results in monetary savings. It is a win-win situation for everyone.
It is actually very easy to wash bags out. I have a hand held dish-wand that I keep in the sink. Whenever I have a few bags I will spend about 2 minutes washing them out. Fill each bag partway with warm water, wash quickly with the dish-wand, dump the water out and rinse with fresh water. I then hang them on my dish drain over spoons or pots. It takes very little time from start to finish. It also doesn't take much time to dry. I usually wash mine while I am cleaning up the dinner dishes. They are always dry by morning and I quickly put them away.
The only bags I throw away are those that contained raw meat, or those that have holes. By doing this I buy only two boxes of the sandwich size bags each year. If I were not reusing these I figure I would be buying a 100 count box each month. With six people in the family, we use a lot of them.
This saves me money two different ways. I buy less bags at the store and I don't have to make a trip to the store to buy them, which saves time as well as money. I like to save as much time and money doing things as I possibly can, so for me this works out great. You should try it too!