I usually feel very guilty about throwing out a zip lock bag when it's clearly still perfectly functional but just has some crumbs or something from whatever was in it last.**
I tried putting them in the dishwasher, stretching them around the prongs in the rack, but the force of the water usually sends them flying and they wind up at the bottom all rumpled up and soggy. I also tried washing them in the washing machine, but then you have the problem of how to get them dry.
I looked online to see how other people had dealt with the problem and noticed a couple of clever products: the washywonder and this one: the bag-e-wash and wondered how I could reproduce them.
**Note: mkambas made a good point which is you probably should not try to reuse bags that have had meat products in them before
Step 1: Materials
Step 2: Remove the Top of the Bottle
cut the top of the bottle off as indicated
Step 3: Cut a Vertical Slice Window Into the Bottle
If you let the heat of the hot knife do the cutting, you can go relaxed and slowly and have straighter lines.
Step 4: Cut Vertical Slices Around the Bottle
Step 5: Cut Off the Bottom of the Bottle
Step 6: Cut a Slice Into the Bottom Margin
Step 7: Time to Wash That Baggie
straighten out any rumpled or folded edges as needed
Insert the prongs of the plastic form into it securely
Step 8: Top Shelf
(Don't use this with a high temperature wash or other sanitizing features of your washer or it will probably deform the plastic too much.)
Step 9: Allow to Dry
I just put mine in a cupboard shelf
Once dry, remove the form and invert them right side out again.
If they are still not quite dry, you can reinsert the form and allow the outside to dry this way also if needed.