I hate cleaning grease off plastics (eg Tupperware). It's so difficult to remove the oily film and being the OCD that I am (read: I have to rewash the dishes that husband just did because, still dirty), I always need that extra pump of dishwashing liquid.
Thankfully, the Silicone Bags are way easier to clean in comparison. Here are some personal tips on how to care for your eco-friendly silicone bags!
Wash before first use
As with all new items that will come into contact with food, you need to wash the silicone bag with soap and warm water, then rinse and dry.
You can use a dish drying rack to air dry your silicone bags. We like how Jamie (@anythingjamie) cleverly uses the silicone bag slider to air dry hers!
Keep items in matching colour silicone bags to reduce potential stains
The art of camouflage - store your homemade tomato pasta sauce or chilli sauce in the red silicone bag, and leave your green silicone bag for your veggie puree (psst, pureed broccoli, peas, kale, spinach etc are great ways to get little ones to eat their greens), and so on.
Remove odour and stains the natural way
So, your silicone bag is smelling like its previous pungent-smelling tenant (durian, anyone?) and you want to get rid of that odour. Here are some simple ways to remove lingering smells and unsightly stains from your silicone bags:
- Submerge your silicone bag in boiling water. Not only will this method help to remove odour, it also sterilizes your silicone bag!
- Introducing to you my cleaning BFF #1 - distilled white vinegar (there are so many uses for this that I shall to leave it to another post). Simply pour a mixture with equal parts white vinegar and hot water into the silicone bag and let it soak for a while. Being a deodorizing boon, vinegar will to absorb the odour from the silicone bag.
Bonus: White vinegar is a mild disinfectant too!
And here's my cleaning BFF #2 - baking soda. It is a great and natural cleaning agent that helps to remove stains and odours. Create a cleaning paste by mixing 1 part baking soda to 1 part white vinegar and 1 part lemon juice. Mix well and apply paste inside silicone bag, making sure every surface is coated well. Leave overnight, and wash off with soap the next day.
Tip: Use a bigger bowl when mixing the ingredients as mixture will bubble up!
These cleaning hacks apply to other KURAHOME's silicone products too! If you have more tips to add to the list, leave a comment below!