One box of ziplocks will last you a lifetime, honestly! They are made of plastic so they can be washed, dried and used again and again. I even put them in the dishwasher. Don’t be shy. Try!
The benefits of reusing baggies—savings on raw materials, emissions from shipping, and landfill space—make washing worthwhile, says Darby Hoover, a senior resource specialist at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “When plastic bags are reused, fewer plastic bags need to be produced. The production of plastic bags uses energy, water, and in most cases a non-renewable resource (fossil fuel-derived); reusing bags, even when you use water to wash them out, saves resources overall.”
I am not an advocate for anything plastic around my food. There are concerns about chemicals leaching into food from plastic. This is most true during microwaving and you should never microwave or boil food in a ziplock plastic bag.
Washing ziplocks with cold water and soap will get rid of the majority of food contamination in the bag. But, “if they change color or opacity, I’d say that to be on the safe side, you should discontinue using them,” warns Hoover. You can also disinfect with vinegar.
The best part about drying your ziplocks is the truly beautiful decorative hooks you can find in flea markets and second hand stores. Mine holds 5 bags.
Until next time,