Wash Those Reusable Bags
Trying to help the environment by ditching those plastic bags for canvas totes when you go shopping? You may not have thought about it, but those bags need to be washed regularly! Leaving reusable grocery bags unwashed increases the chance of transferring bacteria from the store to your home. If you go grocery shopping weekly, you should wash your bags weekly, even if products inside don’t leak because bacteria can be transferred through packaging and wraps.
Here’s the best way to wash your reusable grocery bags!
Dilute a ½ cup of vinegar in a gallon of water. Apply the mixture directly to the stains on the bag with a clean cloth, or by pouring it onto the stains. Allow it to soak for 15 minutes. Then, toss the bags in a washing machine with some normal detergent, and they’ll be good and clean! We recommend letting them air dry, but they should be safe in the dryer!
Never store your unwashed bags in the back of your car or in your trunk. The heat will make the bacteria grow even faster!