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Reusable bags, now a household staple, are part of the future. 

They’re easy to use, and they help cut down on single use plastic wastes.

But, with new products come many questions. 

What’s one of the most common questions people have about silicone bags? How do you wash them!

Today we’re going to discuss how to wash reusable silicone bags. 

Don’t worry, it’s not difficult. In a few minutes, you’ll know exactly how to keep your reusable silicone bags clean.

Why wash reusable bags?

If you’re going to work with reusable bags, you need to keep them clean. 

While many reusable silicone bags can be washed in the dishwasher, this is not the case in all circumstances.

Other bags require hand washing, which can be a pain if you don’t have a good process.

While reusable silicone bags can save you money in the long run, they are a rather large investment. 

If you do not care for them properly, they will break down much faster, and you’ll have to replace them much more frequently. 

The goal is to wash your reusable bags properly so that they will last for years to come. 

Washing your reusable silicone bags can save you time and money later.

Washing reusable bags keeps them fresh and clean for every use and reduces the buildup of bacteria. 

To stay safe and healthy, wash your reusable bags after every use, even if they appear clean to the naked eye.

You never know what could be lurking on the surface, so it’s best to play it safe and wash the bags every time.

How to wash reusable silicone bags

Even if your reusable bags are dishwasher safe, you will probably want to give them a more thorough wash every now and then. 

As we all know, sometimes the dishwasher just doesn’t cut it.

So, how do you hand wash reusable silicone bags?

If you want to have pristine reusable bags, fill them with like colored foods. 

For example, if you want to store spaghetti sauce or tomato paste, put it in a red bag. 

Similarly, reserve your clear bags for items and food that won’t leave a stain.

To thoroughly wash your bags, begin by filling them with hot water to initially rinse the residue.

Fill the bag roughly a quarter full with hot water. If you really want to sanitize the bag, use saltwater. 

Why wash silicone bags in saltwater?

Salt water more thoroughly cleans the bags and helps prevent bacterial growth. 

Once you’ve added the water, seal the bag and swirl the water around inside. 

Keep the bag moving for at least 30 seconds for best results.

If the water becomes saturated before the bag is clean, empty the bag and repeat this step.

If your bag is not clean at this point, use a small brush to remove any extra loose crumbs. 

Hint: Check the corners! The corners are the most difficult part of the bags to clean.

After, you’ve removed the loose debris, it’s time for in-depth cleaning.

Now, make your cleaning solution. 

To make a good cleaning solution, use baking soda, white vinegar and lemon juice. 

Try to get equal amounts of each one, but it’s ok if you’re not exact.

Rub the cleaning solution all over the inside of the bag. 

You can either use your finger or brush the paste on the bag with the same brush you used in the previous step.

Allow it to sit in the bag for at least half an hour. 

If you feel like the coverage is uneven, you can flip the bag after it’s set for a few minutes. 

After the time is up, rinse your bag with warm water.

Use the same process that you used in the first step. 

Repeat as many times as necessary, until the bag is clean. 

If needed, you can repeat this step as well. 

Be sure to brush in between soakings to remove any particles that loosened in the previous step.

If mold is growing in your bag, add in an extra step of soaking the bag in distilled vinegar or salt water.

When you’re finished rinsing, dry the bag out with a paper towel or a reusable rag. Make sure to thoroughly dry the corners and remove all water spots. 

If you do not properly dry the bag, you’ll see water spots on the surface of the bag. 

This is not the end of the world, but it would be awfully disappointing to go through all the trouble of cleaning only to find water spots at the end of the process.

As tempting as it might be, never turn your reusable bags inside out. 

While turning the bags inside out would make the process significantly easier, refrain from inverting the bags.

This wears down the silicone and eventually ruins your seal. 

Properly washing your reusable silicone bags will keep them fresh for future uses.

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