Intro: Ziploc Bag Washer
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
Step 2: Remove the Top of the Bottle
While wearing the vapour mask oudoors...
cut the top of the bottle off as indicated
Step 3: Cut a Vertical Slice Window Into the Bottle
Starting at the waist, carefully cut some slices into the sides of 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
continue cutting vertical windows around the bottle, at least three
Step 5: Cut Off the Bottom of the Bottle
Cut away the bottom of the bottle as shown, leaving a margin of plastic for support
Step 6: Cut a Slice Into the Bottom Margin
Cut a slit in the bottom margin of plastic as indicated. This allows the structures to be stacked concentrically for storing.
Step 7: Time to Wash That Baggie
Turn the zip lock baggie inside out.
straighten out any rumpled or folded edges as needed
Insert the prongs of the plastic form into it securely
Step 8: Top Shelf
Place the bag on the top shelf of the dishwasher with the opening facing down.
(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
After the dishwashing cycle is complete, remove the baggies with the form still inside and allow them to dry somewhere for a day or so.
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.
Step 10: Hey It Works!
Clean baggies! No hint of spice smell or previous contents, other than the writing, you would not know what was in there previously!
Step 11: Storage
When not in use, you can wrap the forms around each other concentrically to save space.