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.

Marketing photo of the Bag-E-Wash device inside a dishwasherBag-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.

Marketing photo of a countertop bag dryer.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.


2 Responses to “Plastic Bag Washer and Dryer”

  1. lisa says:

    I tease my dad for washing bags…but I’ve started doing it at home too. This is what turning thirty does to you.

    Anyway, I just wash mine with dish soap, and prop them up in the dish drainer to dry. Doesn’t seem unsanity to me…

    October 16th, 2006 at 9:00 pm

  2. adela says:

    my mom does the same thing tries to reuse ziploc bags…For my 2 year old we use the plastic reusable containers with lids that we bought at walmart she has had the same four since age 7 months I think we spent like 1.50 on them they clean in the dishwasher and then the cheerios never get squashed into cheerio crumbs.

    October 17th, 2006 at 5:50 am

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