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How to Clean a Stasher Bag

Easily Clean Your Stasher

Stasher bags are designed to be endlessly reusable in order to keep your food fresh, making life easier and preventing plastic pollution for a long time to come. But in order to keep your Stasher bags going strong, you gotta treat 'em right and it starts with simple, safe cleaning. 

How to Clean Your Stasher Bags

First things first: DO NOT turn your Stasher bag inside out. We know it's tempting, but it's unnecessary (read on and you'll see why). Flipping your Stasher inside out to clean it, like you would with a plastic baggie, will degrade the strength of the bonded edges and eventually your Stasher will rip. 

The edges of a Stasher bag are made strong by bonding the glossy and matte sides together with a liquid form of the same pure platinum food-grade silicone used in all our products, then curing the bag. This is why it's important to avoid anything that will compromise the durable design.

Now that we've covered the big no-no, let's get down to business. 

Yes, Stasher bags are dishwasher safe. 👏🏽

It's actually super easy to clean your Stasher bags: just toss them into the dishwasher (top or bottom rack — either will do) or use warm soapy water. For a deep clean, we recommend our Wood Cleaning Brush to get any remaining particles out of the seal and prevent mold.

Get rid of stubborn odors.

Got some smells staying way past their welcome (like onions)? We've got a few ways to kick the fumes.

  1. Soak your bag in a 50/50 warm water and vinegar bath for a few hours.
  2. Bake in the oven on a baking sheet for eight minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to let your bag cool and use an oven mitt to handle your bags. 
  3. For tougher smells, double up and use both methods. 

Say goodbye to stains.

Stains happen, but you can use the power of the sun to kiss them goodbye: set your Stasher in sunlight for a few hours to naturally sun bleach stains (really!). This works great for tomato sauce, carrot, or watermelon stains, just to name a few.

Stasher bags are easy to clean

Concerned about mold?

Prevent mold from popping up in the corners of your Stasher bag seal by rinsing out any and all particles after each use. Those small bottlebrushes we mentioned before come in real handy here!

Sometimes even when you give it a good cleaning, you may feel the need to sanitize. No problem: let your Stasher bathe in some vinegar or boiling water to sanitize. 

Best way to dry Stasher bags

Best way to dry your Stasher bag?

Sometimes Stasher bags need a little more drying time once they're washed by hand or in the dishwasher. You can check out our Bamboo Drying Rack. We recommend using any non-sharp kitchen items to stand your bags on, including bottles, cups, or paper towel holders. When you let them air dry, sometimes you can get water spots on the silicone. They're completely harmless, just not as attractive as a crystal clear Stasher, so you can avoid these by giving your Stasher a quick wipe down with a clean towel.

More tips for making your Stasher bags last:

  • Use colored Stasher silicone sous vide bags to store like-colored foods and camouflage stains.
  • Avoid using your silicone Stasher bags to store sharp objects, and definitely don't use them as cutting boards. 
  • Avoid trapping moisture by storing your clean Stasher bags with the seals open.
  • Don't force the bag to open farther than it does naturally. To open: hold your thumbs flat over each side of the seal and gently roll them down and away from each other. To close: squeeze out excess air to keep things super fresh, then press to seal. 

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