Friday, August 23, 2013

How to Clean Your Snack Bag

If you own one of my handy little snack bags or sandwich bags, you may have wondered, what's the best way to clean it?  Well, wonder no longer.  Here is my advice on cleaning a reusable fabric snack bag.

If there are only a few crumbs at the bottom, you could get away with just dumping them out and using it again for something dry, like another sandwich or crackers or dry cereal.  I do this all the time when we're camping.

For a more thorough wash, I recommend pulling the inside liner outside of the bag as far as you can.  From here, there are a few options for cleaning the bag.

If you feel you only need to wipe the liner out, then you can do so in your dish water.

If you want to make sure there is no bacteria left on the liner, you can spray it with a bottle of vinegar.  We have multiple spray bottles of the standard 5% vinegar around our house.  It is a fantastic, all natural cleaner, that has many purposes around the house.

If your bag is pretty dirty because it had mushed up sliced apples, grapes, cucumbers, pears, a jelly sandwich... you name it, you can always throw it in the washing machine.  It actually washes up really well.  I put ours in the washing machine, on a hot wash, almost once a week.  Other than that, I wash them in the sink with the dish water or a vinegar spray.
To dry your bag, you can lay it out on your dish rack with the other dishes.
Or, you can hang it on the line to dry.  Alternatively, you can throw it in the dryer, but that's not as environmentally friendly!

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