We spoke with microbiologist Charles Gerba, PhD, to get the rather nasty details about your reusable bags, and according to studies conducted by the University of Arizona and Loma Linda University in California, almost no one gives their bag a good old-fashioned scrub. In fact, 97% of those interviewed in a study conducted in Tucson, Los Angeles, and San Francisco never once washed or bleached their reusable bag. Big yikes.
It’s time to bolster the ranks of the 3% who actually clean their bags. Prepare to join their inner circle of cleanliness by following these three trusted methods to properly care for your trusty tote.