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How To Wash Ziploc Bags

Updated on February 12, 2007

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!


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      5 years ago

      I wash mine in the dishwasher using a Baggie Washer frame available on Amazon.

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      8 years ago

      Think of all the wasted is this "good for the environment"? Think of the bacteria that could potentially develop over time in a washed bag! What you might think is a good thing...really isn't.

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      M Moore 

      8 years ago

      After washing the bag I stuff a paper towel inside and hang it above the sink on one of those cute little round hangers

      made for lingerie or whatever. f you crumple up the paper towel it will allow more air inside the bag to dry quickly. I feel I have made a contribution to the cause. I'm still searching for the link that showed a bag dryer invention for under $30.

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      8 years ago

      This is wonderful, I have just started doing this in the past couple days. And I use hand towels instead of paper towels.

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      9 years ago

      I've been doing this for about ten years. When others laugh at me, I feel bad about their limited understanding of our Earth and how we are treating it.

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      10 years ago from Arizona

      I can't wait to save money using this idea. Thanks!

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      10 years ago from United States

      I am a frequent bag washer too!!

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      11 years ago

      When I found out that these bags couldn't be recycled I was pretty disappointed. Thinking about it, wash and re-use is probably more earth-friendly than sending them on a long, energetically expensive truck to yet another energy expensive recycling plant in the first place!

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      11 years ago

      I wash mine too but was a bit hesitant so I googled the topic

      Thanks for the confirmation Jenny

      A fellow Ziploc washer

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      11 years ago

      Now this is a new idea!


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