as I was breaking down the empty wine boxes, I realized something very important. The bags inside the boxes are heavy-gauge plastic, and have removable valves. Finally! something I can use to bring along a decent wine on my next camping trip, or any other of the myriad uses these bags will undoubtedly find (even a solar shower). the new franzia boxes come with a spigot-type valve, which (after a bit of pulling and twisting) are removable. Finally! a way to take a nice bottle of wine with you on a camping trip, or a good, sturdy plastic bag with a built-in valve. here's the skinny:
Step 1: Empty the Bag/Box of Wine.
Step 2: Remove the Bag Valve
To remove the bag, Grasp the black valve part in one hand, and in the other hand, grasp the white plastic retaining ring (note: your valve and retaining ring may be of a different color and construction, but I know for a fact this works with franzia).
once you have a good grip, pull and twist untill the black valve assembly pops free. don't do this while wearing a shirt you like, as you will most likely spray a bit of cheap wine about.
Step 3: Wash the Bag/valve.
rinse the bag out with hot water and empty it.
squeeze about two teaspoons of dish soap into the bag. fill 1/2 the bag with hot water, and pop the (closed) valve back in. Shake the bag around to clean out the inside of it.
once it's nice and fomay, open the valve and squeeze the bag to get the soap and water out (this helps by cleaning out the valve). once empty, pull the valve back out.
fill the bag with hot water (gets more soap out). shake the bag around and rinse it out, make sure you get all of the soap suds (if you're curious, just taste the water, it should no longer taste like wine or soap.
when you have the bag clean, fill it up with hot water. put the valve back in and squeeze the bag. this forces the clean, hot water through the valve, and cleans it out the rest of the way. once that's done, pull the valve back out, and you should have a bag that looks like tihs.
Step 4: Blow the Bag Up and Let It Dry
then, blow the bag up and set it on a shelf to dry.
I didn't documen these next steps, as im not sure how well they work, but I did them anywya to make sure.
when you want to use the bag, Pour 4 oz of rubbing alcohol in it and push the valve back in.
shake it up to clean the bag of any germs, and squeeze it out through the bag.
rinse the bag out with several changes of hot water, fill with whatever you wish, and enjoy your new reclosable, 5 litre bag!
also of note, if you fill these up with air (blow it up), they make GREAT camp pillows.
they will eventually break/wear down, but just ask your box-wine-drinking friends to save their emptys, and you'll be in good supply for a while.
Step 5: Make Sure You Get the Funk Out
Step 6: Clean Out the Funk
Step 7: The Proofs (and Best Solutions - Literally) Are in the Comments.
In short, I will be publishing an update to this instructable, reflecting all of the gainful insights you have provided, credit where credit is due, of course. If there is a way to turn this into a group, I'll do that, so that all of you can have creative control of the solutions that you have helped to make into a reality.
Thank you all for demonstrating what this site is about.