Did you know, that by washing your reusable shopping bags at home, you’ll get a longer life out of them? It’s true. The great thing is that they are machine washable and can be cleaned pretty easily in your washing machine (although some can also be spot cleaned, so please check the label). Here’s how to clean insulated shopping bags.
Washing a lunchbag is a simple, yet important step in keeping your foodsafe and clean. You may be wondering: how often should I wash my lunch bag? How can I remove stains or mold?
The answers to these questions are likely to vary depending on the type of lunch bag you use. Fortunately, there are easy ways to protect yourself and your family from contamination without having to spend all day scrubbing last week’s sandwich off your lunch bag.
To start, it’s crucial you understand what kind of insulated lunch bags are available and how to clean each one effectively. This will help you decide which type of insulated lunch bag is best for you and your lifestyle—and make sure your food stays safe for years to come!
How to wash and Clean my Insulated Bags
To clean yourinsulated lunch bag, you have a few options. Some of these methods require the use of a washing machine, which can be damaging to soft materials like fabric, so always check the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions.
If your manufacturer doesn’t recommend machine washing an insulated lunch bag, there are some other ways you can clean one.
If your lunch bag is dishwasher safe and has no removable paper liners or parts, you can run it through the dishwasher on a gentle cycle with cold water only.
Never put a lunch bag in the dishwasher if it contains anything removable made from paper that could get soggy and ruin in the washer.
Another option for cleaning an insulated lunch box is to hand-wash it using lukewarm water and mild liquid soap or detergent.
Gently scrub away stains with a sponge or soft cloth and rinse before letting it air dry out of direct sunlight or next to a heat source.
If your lunchbox is collapsible, fill it with warm water and let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly so soap residue doesn’t remain inside after drying.
What happens if I don’t wash my lunch bag
If you don’t wash your lunch bag after using it, then it can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Because lunch bags come in contact with foods and drinks, they are an ideal place for this to happen quickly.
Bacteria can lead to you or the people around you becoming sick.
Additionally, if you don’t wash your lunch bag after each use, then it may start to develop stains and unpleasant smells. This is especially true if there is something perishable stored in your lunch bag that might leak or drip inside of it.
Over time, these stains and smells will worsen until they are nearly impossible to remove and rid yourself of completely.
This can make your insulated lunch bag less effective at keeping cold things cold or hot things warm as well! So if you care about the temperature of what you store in your lunch bag, then be sure to wash it on a regular basis!
How to remove stains from my lunch bag
You’ll want to make sure you’re regularly washing your lunch bags.
To give them a good cleaning, wipe down the interior and exterior with a mix of mild soap and water, then dry thoroughly with a clean towel.
It’s also important to make sure that no food leaks out of containers or into the bag itself—and if it does, it should be cleared out regularly so that mold can’t grow inside.
And by the way, it’s not just bacteria from food that you have to look out for: studies show many lunch bags are coated with lead and other chemicals that can cause serious health problems when consumed over time (so try not to lick yours).