The problem is: how do you wash a bag? I have been washing bags for years, so I've had lots of time to hone my mad skilz. Please don't think I'm loony for blogging about this. The hidden skills of homemaking, you know (hat-tip to The Hidden Art of Homemaking).
Here's how I do it:
1. Drop the dirty bags in the sink to wait with the other dirty dishes.
2. Place a dirty bag in the dishwater and fill it at least half-full with dishwater. Look for holes, which will arc water if they are small, and dribble continuously if they are slits (unlike water just running off the outside of the bag which slows to a drip very quickly). If it has holes, I ditch the bag in the trash (to hopefully decompose after hundreds of years).
3. If not, I swish and rub at the bag a bit in the dishwater and rinse it out by holding it open under a running faucet.
5. After an hour or few, when I walk through the kitchen again, I turn the flimsiest, biggest bags inside out to finish drying. I don't bother doing this with stiffer bags like freezer bags or ziplocs. They are usually dry within the hour.
I just discovered the bag-flipping trick this year. Before that, it could take days for the bags to dry because the wet insides would just stick to themselves and no air could get in.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this - and any other bag-washing tips you have!