I am finally figuring out the routine of reusing my Ziploc bags! I have been reusing them for a long time, but was never able to clean them very thoroughly, and it took time to clean, and they always seemed to pile up in my sink and collect nasty remains from dishes, making it more difficult to clean, and the process repeats itself…but all that has finally changed! Here are my recent findings…
1. WASH: Lay the dirty ziploc bags inside out on the top rack of your dishwasher. They clean really well this way, and don’t waste any extra water to wash them by hand…plus all your other dishes get cleaned just fine!
2. DRY: Once they have been washed, you can bend the edges back and stand them up to dry. That way, the inside dries completely, and any remaining droplets will be on the outside. You can also make a baggie dryer with a metal clothes hanger, by bending it into a standing position.
Since I don’t use paper towels anymore, I have also found my paper towel dispenser to be a great tool in drying my bags!
A few other tips from The Tightwad Gazette (I thought these were great!):
- If the seams on the edges start to split, fuse together with the tip of an iron.
- If the zipper begins to separate from the bag, cut it off altogether and use a bread tab to close it.
- If a bag has a small hole, don’t throw it away yet – use it for foods that don’t need to be airtight, like popcorn.
- When do you know to throw it away? When washing the bag, fill it with water and hold it up. If the bag resembles a sprinkler you may throw it away.
- Definitely do not reuse bags that contained raw meat.
25 Uses for Ziploc Bags – I love this article! Great creative ideas that I haven’t thought of to use these nifty reusable bags for! Some ideas include:
- Use a Ziploc to knead your bread in, and prevent sticky fingers!
- Use a Ziploc to freeze whole herbs to keep them fresh longer.
- Remove chewing gum or candle wax from a tablecloth, a couch, or carpeting: Gently rub gum or wax with a Ziploc bag filled with ice cubes until the substance hardens. Shatter gum with a blunt object, then vacuum up the chips. Carefully peel off frozen wax with a plastic spatula.
I am squeezing a little more life out of my Ziplocs now! You know you are a crazy frugal mommy when you are following tips like these!