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RASLALIQUE
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10/17/10 10:45 P

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I wash my bags when they look dirty or if I have been out somewhere that the bag could have come in contact with nasty things.

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10/16/10 6:19 A

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I have never washed my canvas bags.
Maybe a hundred uses. Never thought of it.

I'm 67. I'd guess that apparently I've become immune.
None of the things I'm warned about ever made me sick.

I've had one brief cold in the past nine years.





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10/7/10 12:40 P

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i use my plastic bags for dog dooo.. never wash them..

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10/7/10 11:37 A

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We use Baggu's and I don't wash them. I'm with Drew Curtis in the opinion that any story about bacteria being present somewhere is mostly just "Fark" to fill up the news cycle. Causing fear and panic is a great way to sell papers and hold viewers. Of course it doesn't hurt anything to throw them in with a load every once in a while and of course everyone is entitled to worry about what ever they want to worry about.

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10/4/10 11:56 P

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For small trips I use one of those large baskets with the handle and from time to time I spray it down with my enzyme cleaner. With my envirosax or store canvas bags I throw them in the wash every third use.

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I hadn't thought about how much bacteria could be looming in there! Thanks for the tip!


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SLM0305
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9/5/10 3:19 P

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So glad that the weather's gotten cooler here as I feel better about keeping my cloth bags in my car & ready to get some great fall produce emoticon


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9/1/10 6:15 A

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Thanks For the tip! I can't believe I din't think of this...

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_VALEO_
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8/26/10 10:40 A

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I have never washed mine, and never thought of it. emoticon

Mines come in 3 types, the brown papers that I give at the Farmers' market so they put my veggies/fruits in to weigh them, my 'shopping cart' (not really a shopping cart, can't find the name so a picture can make the trick www.atylia.com/images/catalogue/caddie-des
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) when I go to the Farmers' Market, and my plastic bags for heavy groceries.

I don't really use canvas bags, except when I go to the pharmacy, or buy non-food related stuff (like clothes, books,...)

Edited by: _VALEO_ at: 8/26/2010 (10:41)
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WILLAMLC
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8/13/10 7:12 P

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I have been washing mine once a month now... and this time I did remember putting them back in the car... LOL

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SLM0305
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8/12/10 10:35 P

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So glad more stores (especially grocery) post signs outside to "remember reusable bags" as I've started to go inside without them, saw their signs and went back to my car and got mine emoticon


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NEELIXNKES
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8/12/10 7:25 P

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I recently washed my canvas ones after reading this thread. I did forget them though when I went to the store next emoticon



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SLM0305
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7/27/10 4:07 A

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Whew! I remembered to take my newly washed bags with me shopping today! (I'm still working on keeping my cloth ones out of my hot car's interior in this heat as I've read that bacteria can build up.) emoticon


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WILLAMLC
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7/25/10 6:23 P

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LOL.. It is funny, when I washed mine I forgot them home also!

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SLM0305
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7/25/10 2:25 P

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Just washed all of my fabric bags and forgot to take them with me shopping! Thankfully, I had my 2 recycled bags made from plastic and just bought 2 more new fabric bags! So, I've got 'bags everywhere!' emoticon


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NJORDGAL
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7/20/10 1:00 A

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Double check the ratios (I'm sure it's online somewhere) but you probably want 5 - 10 drops to a pint of water. I also like half & half vinegar to water with about 5 drops essential oil.

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7/20/10 12:43 A

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Thanks for the tip on adding scented essential oils to water for disinfecting my plastics. (I've been just using my Chlorox wipes to clean them.) Then I'll have those nice indirect scents for 'auto fragrance' which would be nice in the heat we've been having in my area. emoticon


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NJORDGAL
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7/19/10 12:36 P

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Ah, OK, now I know which ones you're talking about: the ones I don't have emoticon

I would imagine you could spray them (or wipe them down) with some sort of disinfectant (I'd probably use rosemary or lavender essential oil in water) and they'd be fine.

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PETUNIAPIG
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7/19/10 12:05 P

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Yeah, they are fairly cheap ($1-$2) at Whole Foods. Mine says it was made from recycled plastic bottles.

I guess the closest thing I can think of to describe it is the material tarps are made of.

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NJORDGAL
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7/19/10 11:51 A

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Are you referring to the cheapo $1 bags that are a kind of felted plastic? Those I'm not doing anything with but I am moving them out of food use.

I don't have any of the plasticized fabric ones. Mine are either the real cheap ones, Chico bags, or Env bags.

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PETUNIAPIG
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7/19/10 9:10 A

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Just curious...
Obviously my fabric bags I just toss in the wash, but are you all doing anything special (i.e. hand wash) the placticy type bags - like those from Whole Foods or Trader Joes?

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SLM0305
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7/5/10 2:46 P

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Many thanks for this reminder so I've got my fabric bags 'staged' in my laundry room to begin a monthly regime of washing! (I generally wash on Cold, but think I need at least 'Warm' to get rid of bacteria, right?) I've also read to not leave our fabric bags in hot vehicles (as it promotes bacterial growth), so I'm only leaving my 'made out of all recycled plastic bottles' bags from Trader Joe's to make sure I have at least a few for unscheduled shopping stops. emoticon


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7/4/10 9:41 A

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I think washing every now and then won't hurt me. I just need to remember! I also use paper bags, reuse them as much as possible, and then use the brown paper for journal paper or other things.



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WILLAMLC
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6/29/10 9:01 A

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Lol. I did the same thing. After reading the article I washed all my bags. And I plan on doing it monthly (hey! it is better than nothing! LOL)

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6/28/10 10:12 P

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I do, but not as often as I will now :)
Laundry day tomorrow: looks like I'll be washing all of my reusables! Thanks!!

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PETUNIAPIG
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6/28/10 1:38 P

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No, but I'll be washing them tonight! I can't believe I never even thought about it being an issue.

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NJORDGAL
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I heard that too! And I only wash my bags if something gets spilled on/in them, which means, rarely.

I've got a handful of bags that I'm not sure would survive washing, not sure what I'll do with those, but I'm thinking the others can go through the washer every time, or every few times, I go shopping.

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WILLAMLC
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I read an article on the paper that got me scared. It said that 97% of the people that used reusable shopping bags do not wash them (yes, I WAS one of them!) and that because of it the bacteria count on the bags is astronomical! So, just a reminder, if you use reusable bags, make sure to wash them periodically. I did mine today. emoticon

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