Wash all re­us­able bags reg­u­larly: Here’s how

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the fab­ric. Skip the dryer and let the pack air dry so that it won’t shrink. Lunch bags and boxes Check the care la­bel to see if the bag can be ma­chine-washed. Many can with­stand a mild de­ter­gent and the gen­tle cy­cle of a ma­chine. Oth­er­wise, mild dish soap and water can be used to hand wash the bag. Like the back­pack, let these bags or boxes air dry for best re­sults, says the clean­ing re­source Clean My Space. Sprin­kle bak­ing soda in­side of bags or boxes as a nat­u­ral de­odor­izer, if nec­es­sary. Cloth­ing, linens and even cur­tains may get their reg­u­lar ro­ta­tion through the laun­dry room, help­ing such items to re­main clean and fresh. But other items re­lied on reg­u­larly may never make it to the wash­ing ma­chine to get a healthy help­ing of suds, even though they prob­a­bly should. Re­us­able shop­ping bags An eco-friendly al­ter­na­tive to plas­tic or pa­per bags from the store, re­us­able totes can dra­mat­i­cally re­duce waste that ends up in land­fills and wa­ter­ways. These bags rou­tinely come in con­tact with fresh and frozen foods, and bac­te­ria, yeast and mold may even­tu­ally grow on the sur­faces of the bags. Wash the bags af­ter each use and store them in a place where they are not sus­cep­ti­ble to mold growth. Such is the case for back­packs, lunch sacks and re­us­able shop­ping totes. These items en­dure sub­stan­tial wear and tear, and may be in need of a good wash. Back­packs Back­packs can get grimy fast. De­signed to be worn on the back, back­packs are of­ten tossed onto the floor or shoved into dirty lock­ers. As a re­sult, back­packs may be cov­ered in dirt, pen stains, food spills, and bac­te­ria, ne­ces­si­tat­ing a thor­ough clean­ing. The U.S. Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices says cloth re­us­able bags should be washed in a wash­ing ma­chine us­ing laun­dry de­ter­gent and dried in the dryer or air-dried. Plas­tic-lined re­us­able bags should be scrubbed us­ing hot water and soap and air-dried. Dry bags com­pletely be­fore stor­ing. Be­cause back­packs have all sorts of pock­ets, straps and zip­pers, some peo­ple find hand­wash­ing to be an eas­ier way to pre­vent dam­age dur­ing wash­ing. Use a vac­uum noz­zle to clean out crumbs and other de­bris. Dip a sponge or cloth into sudsy water and use it to clean the in­te­rior. A scrub brush can scour the out­side. Rinse and hang up­side down to dry, sug­gests Good House­keep­ing. Use sep­a­rate bags for raw meats, seafood and pro­duce. La­bel these bags to avoid con­fu­sion. Re­us­able bags should not be stored in dark, warm and hu­mid en­vi­ron­ments that can pro­mote bac­te­ria growth. Keep them in cool, dry ar­eas — not in the trunk of a car — for best re­sults. For those who want to put the pack into the wash­ing ma­chine, first place the back­pack in­side of a laun­dry bag or pil­low­case that can be closed. This will pre­vent the pack from get­ting caught in the ma­chine’s agi­ta­tor or stretch­ing out

Learn more about bag clean­ing at www.cleanin­gin­sti­tute.org.

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