If your child’s lunch bag is dirty or smelly, here’s how to clean insulated lunch bags and lunchboxes and remove odour.
It’s best practice for the kids to unpack their school bag as soon as they get home from school. However there can be times that this doesn’t happen. Sometimes it’s left overnight, over the weekend, or worse yet, till the last day of school holidays (eew).
If you are hit with a bad smelling, sticky, dirty lunchbag, here are my tips below on how to clean insulated lunch bags and remove odours.
Tip: Remind the kids to put their rubbish and scraps into the rubbish bin as soon as they’ve eaten it, to help reduce the dirt, stick or smell forming.
Clean in the washing machine
Depending on the quality of your lunch bag it is possible that you can put it in the washing machine on a gentle cycle to give it a regular weekly clean. You can do this in the same cycle as your tablecloths and tea towels. Please check the care label or instructions, if it has any, or just make good judgement if you think the bag can tolerate the agitation of the washing machine.
Handwashing the lunchbag
If you’re not quite sure if your lunchbag can tolerate a run through the washing machine, you can hand wash it. It will only take a few moments.
Fill sink with warm water.
Add a teaspoon of detergent, swish through water.
Submerge the lunchbox into the water.
Use the cloth to wipe over the lunch bag, paying particular attention to corners.
Use the toothbrush to clean crumbs from zippers and remove dirt and food from seams.
Rinse with clean water.
Pat dry with a tea towel.
Leave it on the dishrack to dry overnight, or better yet place on clothes line to thoroughly dry.
To remove stubborn stains
Make a paste with baking powder and water, allow to sit over stain for as long as you can, then wipe away.
To remove odour
If the lunchbag has a smell, the Cojo Eco Lunch Bag Guard Spray will work beautifully to freshen it, or you can sprinkle baking soda into the bag (into corners and seams) and sit overnight. Shake the baking soda out in the morning and wipe over with a damp cloth.
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