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When it became time to haul out the lunch box for school, I looked at my own sad lunch bag in the cupboard. I had stopped using it because one of the zippers was stuck, and it just looked grungy. I also realized that if I don’t pack my lunch, I end up eating out, spending money I don’t have to, and generally eating much poorer than I would from a packed lunch.
I decided to see if I could clean up the bag. I figured that the worst thing that could happen would be that I would destroy the bag and be able to buy another.
How To Clean A Lunch Bag
First round: soak them Fill the bag with warm soapy water and let it sit for a few hours. Rinse well. Air dry.
Second round: wipe them out. Take a soapy rag and wipe out the chunks. Baking soda on a damp rag can take out a lot of stains. If there is a residual smell, try leaving the bag closed with baking soda in it for a couple of days. Rinse well. An old toothbrush dipped in soapy water can clean out crevices and zippers.
Third round: wash them. At this point, if it still isn’t clean, toss it in the washer. Worst case you destroy the bag. Best case, it comes out very clean. NOTE: do not do this if there is any insulating foam showing or any ripped seams or you could end up with a washer filled will little foam bits.
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