Tips On How To Keep Your Reusable Shopping Bags Clean
This week Wegmans stopped offering plastic bags at check-out to its customers and by March 1st all stores in New York State will no longer offer plastic bags, so how do you keep your reusable bags clean?
Good Housekeeping offered some easy to follow tips to keep your bags clean and healthy.
1. Canvas bags
These are, by far, the easiest to clean. Just toss them in the washing machine and launder in hot water with detergent. Then, run them through the dryer.
2. Recycled plastic bags
You should wash anything made from recycled plastic containers (a.k.a. polypropylene bags) by hand in warm soapy water and line dry it. Don't forget about the inner and outer seams, where crud can hide and collect.
3. Insulated shopping bags
Since you're probably transporting raw meat in these bags, wipe them with a disinfecting wipe after each use.
4. Nylon bags
Flip them inside out and wash them by hand in warm soapy water. If you prefer to machine wash them, use the gentlest cycle to prevent the bag from coming apart. Then, allow them to air dry.
Stinky bags? Prevent musty odors from developing by making sure bags are completely dry before using them. Also, you should never store reusable bags, especially unclean ones, in the back of your car or the trunk between uses. Excessive heat can cause bacteria to grow even faster.
So as you transition from plastic bags to reusable ones, take the extra step to keep them clean so you won't get sick!