Join my Plastic Bag Washing Club for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day this year in 2020! All you have to do is wash and reuse plastic bags.
Earth Day is upon us April 22 — the 50th anniversary this year in 2020 — so it’s time to induct new members into my Plastic Bag Washing Club.
I’ve found that I’m not alone in my kitchen recycling behavior that has me washing out sturdy zipper-top plastic bags when I use them. Although I try not to use these bags too often, when I do use one, I wash it and let it dry in my kitchen garden window. On a busy cooking day, or when I am using up a lot of leftovers, I might have 4-5 bags drying at any given time. I find that I can use a bag many, many times over if I simply wash it out after use and leave it to dry.
A reused bag is a well loved bag.
Long ago my husband had me convinced it was quirky behavior, but it turns out there are LOTS of fellow bag-washers. So many, in fact, that I have created the Plastic Bag Washing Club. This follows the 2011 post when I first confessed my behavior and invited others to let me know if I was truly a freakshow, or if it is was more common than it seemed.
Call for members
If you are naturally in the Plastic Bag Washing Club (you know it if you are), please let me know so we all don’t feel so odd. Send me a photo (Dorothy.Reinhold@gmail.com) of your plastic bags drying in your kitchen (or whevever you dry them), and I will post it, and make you an honorary member! Please join us, and see how others are doing it…
Plastic Bag Washing Club 2016
Let’s visit a few kitchens so we can see how others do it.
On nice days, Gerry Doyle hangs them on the outside clothesline at her house in the San Francisco Bay area. Let’s give her extra points for using a “solar dryer.”
Patricia Conte of the blog Grab a Plate  employs her dish drainer to great effect.
Christina Conte of the blog Christina’s Cucina  (no relation to Patricia, above!), jokes about her “high tech” system of turning the bags inside out and setting them on the drying mat with the other dishes. Simple is good, in my book.
Plastic Bag Washing Club 2015
Plastic Bag Washing Club 2011
Kim from Orange County, Calif. perches hers atop her stack of hand-washables drying in the sink. That’s a lotta pots and pans! Dinner must have been great!
Lori from Long Beach, Calif. also favors the dish stacking method of drying. She just finished washing up after making a pot of Crock-Pot chili. I’m sensing a colander theme here.
Rashmi is in the club! Little kids in the house…lotta sippy cups. (Where’s your colander, girl?)
Kate in Australia has a little bucket full of tape and pens and “stuff” beside the sink, and drapes bags to dry them. She even saves plastic wrap (Glad Wrap).
Fine artist Betsy from BetsyLombard.com in Nevada City, Calif. simply dries them in the corner. Nuthin’ fancy needed! But…look below for her extra tweak…
Now this, my friends, is a delux plastic bag holder, open at both ends with elastic at the top and the bottom, sort of like an air sock. Bags at the ready! Betsy’s husband’s Tennessee grandmother made it for her, and they call it…get this…a “pecker warmer.” I’ll wait for a second while you absorb that. Are you laughing? Because I am sophomoric, I will suggest an alternative alliterative name — how about “wienie warmer?”
Join the club!
Don’t forget: If you are like us and wash and reuse your plastic bags, please shoot s snapshot of your system. Send me a photo (Dorothy.Reinhold@gmail.com) of your plastic bags drying in your kitchen (or whevever you dry them), and I will post it, and make you an honorary member of the Plastic Bag Washing Club!