This is a really simple thing I came up with to try to solve the problem of how to wash a zip lock bag so it can be reused.

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

vapour mask
hot knife
plastic bottle
<p>I should think you'd be able to accomplish the same thing with much less cutting. Just cut off the bottoms. Since you're going to be turnign the bags inside out anyway, the &quot;business&quot; side of the bag is going to get full exposure to the dishwasher cycle. You can clean the outside of the bag once you take it out, with just a quick wipedown of the moisture left from the cycle. Should be enough. But then, I'm lazy and I don't have a hot knife. :P</p>
what a great idea! I am like you foobear I always feel guilty about throwing a ziplock away! thanks :) Re: your bio: And the more stuff you have, the more it costs to build stuff to store your stuff and keep your stuff out of the weather, and the more it costs tax wise, and if it's in your house, you have so much stuff you can't clean properly, and your stuff spills out into the garage, then you need a bigger garage and house, and then you worry someone might steal your stuff and then you have to buy security cameras, and your kids left home so you fill up their rooms, til it spills out into the hall, on and on. But we do like our stuff lol just ask me! So I like your stacking idea as well!
I love this! But can't I just cut the bottles with a regular x-acto knife? I don't have hot knife.
sure, of course you could, but the hot knife just makes it easier..
Damn this is a sexy idea!
cool :)
nice job and clear presentation, thx much. <br>frankly, i only recycle heavy duty freezer ziplocs that had no animal products stored in them. now i can wash/sterilize them with your method. i'm thinking of using a heavy-duty plastic cutlery holder (a tall cup with holes), the type that restaurants use to store and wash silverware! <br> <br>like you, i fold them inside out too, wipe them with a clean towel, and repeat the process on the other side. <br> <br>according to Ziploc's instructions on the package, you can microwave or boil-in-bag food in the freezer type bags, but not in the sandwitch ones. <br> <br>the latter ones i just shake out for crumbs and use them in the garage for small hardware storage (bolts, nuts, etc.). <br> <br>your instructable inspired me to find a new use for my plastic silverware holder. thanks very much! <br>
awesome! thank you

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