Monday, October 16th, 2006
Plastic Bag Washer and Dryer
My mother has tried to pawn off used plastic Ziploc food bags on me a few times. She picks up a bag sitting on the kitchen counter, littered with water stains, and hands it to me. The zipper seal is undone; the bag crinkled open and puffed with air. How did she possibly wash and dry the bag in a sanitary fashion? Where does she dry them? I’ve never reused one of her washed bags.
I’m talking about this on Thingamababy because parents of young kids use a lot of plastic bags. Granted, the bags only contain Cheerios or Goldfish crackers, but Ziploc is still earning millions of dollars off us.
So the frugal or Earth-minded among us might enjoy one of the following two products.
Bag-E-Wash is a system for washing bags in your dishwasher. Two vertical nylon loops attached to a horizontal frame hold a bag open so the bag is accessible to the water jets. Plastic clips secure the bag’s lip to the horizontal frame. The device holds two 1-quart bags or one 1-gallon bag. When not washing bags, the device can be left in the dishwasher with virtually no interference with regular dishes.
Countertop Bag Dryer by Gaiam is a dryer with eight wooden dowels that fan out like an upside-down cone. Stick a bag on each dowel and they reportedly dry overnight. A ninth dowel in the middle of the device can dry a wide-mouth plastic water bottle.
If that’s not for you, consider Ziploc Snack Bags. At half the height of regular sandwich bag, they use close to half the plastic (a good thing) at 6.5" by 3.25". They are ideal for carrying half a sandwich, fruit slices, Cheerios or Goldfish crackers. My 2-year-old daughter has an easier time holding this bag because she doesn’t have to dig deep into it.
P.S. This blog entry was designed to raise the ire of my mother, who reads Thingamababy every day. I know I’ll be getting an earful.