Reusing Ziploc Bags

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Ziplock bags are often very sturdy and can be recycled in many ways. This page is about reusing ziplock bags.
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I get my cheese sliced in these wonderful zip locks. Their unigue shape got me to thinking that I can use them for other things besides food. Once they are cleaned and dried you can use for:

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You can all think of many more, I am sure. I hope this helps!

Source: My own brain always thinking.

By Sandi/Poor But Proud from Yorktown, VA

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I bake a lot and freeze my baked goods in zippered freezer bags. I rinse them out and reuse them. To make sure they dry completely and quickly, I turn them inside out and use a magnet and hang it upside down on my refrigerator. I place the magnet on the inside of the bag to keep it open. You could use any magnetic surface.

You can wash out and reuse many bags. I throw out the ones that contained raw meat.

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When I rinse out a ziploc or other such bag, I let it drip dry over an empty 1 liter plastic beverage bottle. To make it more stable and more eye appealing on my counter, I took the label off and filled it half way with marbles.

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May 16, 2020

I don't know about you but we go through Ziplocs like crazy! So what with how much we use them and how expensive they are, we've been rewashing ours. Now granted, after about 3 washes I would say it's about time to throw them away depending on what brand you use.

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But a few more uses for just one Ziploc gets you a long way!

How To Reuse Ziploc Bags - bag drying

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January 17, 2008

Someone mentioned washing and reusing ziploc bags. I'd like to offer this side note: Please do not reuse bags that have contained meats. I'd rather throw away the bag, than to possibly get sick from contaminated plastic. It just isn't worth it.

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I have been washing and reusing baggies for years. I just don't see the reason to throw one out after its been used, unless it contained meat.

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Washing baggies out is easy, but drying them can take up space.

A baggie dryer with clips to hold sandwich bags.

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Save those tiny ziploc bags when you come across them, the ones that hold small samples, etc. They can be recycled for all sorts of things, such as sewing kits, eyeglass repair kits, or if they are bigger, groupings of cosmetic samples.

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Can you reuse Ziploc freezer bags after you have defrosted what was already in it? It seems like a lot of money to keep throwing them away.

Joyce from Danvers, MA

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By (Guest Post)
August 8, 20080 found this helpful

I don't re-use the ones that had meat stored in them, but I do re-use the ones that held vegetables, fruit, bread, etc.

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By Cindy (Guest Post)
August 8, 20080 found this helpful

And bad for the envirnonment. I certainly would wash them out, but do not use up a sinkful of fresh water to do it.

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By Halfalake (Guest Post)
August 8, 20080 found this helpful

I reuse freezer & sandwich bags all the time. I wash them w/ hot soapy water, rinse them 3x w/ cold water to get out all the soap & then I rinse them 1-2x more w/ hot water; let them dry & they are ready to reuse again.

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I also believe that it is a waste & a danger to our environment to only use them once & then throw them away.

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August 9, 20080 found this helpful

thank you all great feedback

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By Paula (Guest Post)
August 9, 20080 found this helpful

I have used, washed, and re-used plastic bags for years; then, it occurred to me that if I am going to all the trouble to wash those blasted bags, then why not just buy bowls with lids and use those? While both deteriorate eventually, the bowls do last longer, so I think that I am saving a little money there.

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August 9, 20080 found this helpful

I do not know if this is a safe practice. I know that most plastics including containers and water bottles are only meant to use one time because after an amount of time they start to leak chemicals into to your food.

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If anyone knows where to check this out at I would like to know as well.

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By kitsch (Guest Post)
August 9, 20080 found this helpful

I use a regular sandwich bag to put items to be frozen in, then put them in freezer bags to freeze. That way, the freezer bag is clean and ready to use again.

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August 9, 20080 found this helpful

I also wash my bags and hang them up by a clothespin to air dry. I freeze a lot of vegetables and I use zipper sandwach bags - put in about 1 1l2 cups each and then put 4 - 5 of these bags in a larger freezer bag. They are double bagged and I don't feel quite as quilty if I throw out the sandwich bag.

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By DEBRADJ. (Guest Post)
August 10, 20080 found this helpful

I reuse my freezer bags to store store bought buns in it helps them keep longer and I just reuse the same bag as long as its not damaged.

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By Betty (Guest Post)
August 10, 20080 found this helpful

I reuse zip lock freezer bags if they are new and have not had meat in them. It just seems such a waste to throw it away when I can wash it and hang it to dry. My husband made me a rack to hang them on for drying.

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August 11, 20080 found this helpful

I reuse my Ziploc Freezer Bags to put food scraps like meat or anything that might smell. Then I put it in the freezer until trash day. Then it goes in the trash. Saves the trash from smelling.

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August 11, 20080 found this helpful

I reuse my bags as well unless raw meat was stored in them. I wash with hot sudsy water, rinse with hot water and then hang to dry. I love the rack that Betty's husband made. What I usually do it to put upside down over a tall drinking glass or simular. Sometimes I use a magnet and hang off the fridge. Then I throw them away when worn out.

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August 11, 20080 found this helpful

I, too, have been washing these bags and reusing them for many years [though I like the Glad bags better for sealing]. I turn them inside out and let them stand in my dish drainer to dry overnight.

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By Dorothy (Guest Post)
August 12, 20080 found this helpful

I use mine over and over. Just wash them and dry them good and reuse them. Also another tip for you is that if you had marked what was in the bag with a magic marker, you can remove the name and date on the bag with the magic eraser sponges. They come off fast and you can remark them then when you freeze something else in the bags.

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June 23, 2013

I usually will first insert the food in a plastic bag from the supermarket produce dept as a liner for the Ziploc thereby keeping the Ziploc clean for future use. Empty used Ziploc bags are kept in the freezer. Is there any health problem with this method?

By Leefall

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August 4, 2011

I need to know why you can't reuse freezer bags after you used them to freeze meat. My wife will wash them out and reuse to freeze meat again. Help me with this answer. Thank you.

By Rick F. from Central FL

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April 28, 2009

At my work we receive a lot of Ziploc bags of all sizes with parts in them. Can we recycle them? We also get parts very thick plastic bags, about 9 x 12. Can we recycle them? Please help, it kills me to throw these away. Thank you.

By Maggi from new Milford, CT

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