You all know I like to be “green,” right?
I even offered two hundred ways to reuse stuff instead of throwing it away last week at Green Your Way.
So am I really suggesting that you stop an eco-friendly habit that you probably already have, if you’re a penny pincher and earth-lover like me?
Although I nearly lost my marbles after doing last year’s food budget, I haven’t gone off the deep end.
I still reuse zippered bags, much to my husband’s chagrin.
He’s not a huge fan of dishes, and washing those bags really irks him.
“Do you think we make enough money now that we can stop washing these bags, hon?” he asked recently.
“It’s not just about saving money, honey, it’s about reducing our waste.”
I do take some measures to also reduce the number of times we have to wash the zippered bags, even when we use them for food though.
That’s today’s One Quick Tip (which is really 3 tips, I can’t help it!!!).
You can follow the One Quick Tip pin board so you don’t have to read the longest posts in the world but still keep up on the tips, things that speed your day along, increase nutrition in the kitchen, or make life more manageable in some way.
When You Don’t Want to Wash Another Zippered Bag…
- Reuse for the same food without washing; just store in the fridge or freezer and remember it’s there (I’ve done this forever).
- Just rinse and air dry! Do you really need soap to get off the bread crumbs or carrot stick residue? If it’s not greasy or sticky, skip dunking it in the dishwater.
- Save in a special place for food-but-not-food usage, such as opened cheese, where it’s really the packaging that will be touching the plastic bag, not so much the food. I reuse these without washing until they actually get food on them. Inside your KitchenAid mixer bowl or tucked vertically along the wall of a cupboard are two possible places I’ve utilized in my own kitchen.
And here’s how we air dry them without them getting in the way in the dish dry rack:
Nothing wrong with putting something clean and wet on your utensil canister, which are clean too and will dry quickly once you remove the bags!
Oops. That was a fourth tip. I stink at writing short posts!
This One Quick Tip series is an attempt to write a super short, quickly helpful post that you can pin and share and use right away in your kitchen (or sometimes the rest of the house).
Now you can make a pin board for tips and share this advice with the world.
What do you think? Do you reuse plastic zippered bags?
Other Quick Tip Posts:
- How to Get Your Husband to do More Dishes (& Like It)
- How to Keep Winter Hats and Mittens Dry
- Maple Syrup Nutrition
- Two Surprising Tools for Washing Impossible Dishes
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