Created by EcoMama, the WashyWonder is a bag saver system made from non-toxic food grade polypropylene that allows you to wash your plastic food storage bags in your dishwasher in order to re-use them again and again. Two paddle shaped sticks are placed onto the bottom prongs of your dishwasher. Depending on what size bag you are wanting to wash, you'd place the WashyWonder prongs either closer together (snack and sandwich sized bags) or further apart. (Gallon and bigger) You're supposed to be able to use the WashyWonder on both straight and bent pronged dishwasher.
So I placed the set of WashyWonder onto the bottom of my dishwasher and placed a bag on top:
Even though I do have an older dishwaser (well over 20 years old), it was easy to fit the WashyWonder onto those pegs. Once you're set up, you can leave them in the dishwasher, and move them around as needed, or take them out and use them only as needed. Wash on normal cycle. I'd let air dry without the heat cycle in order not to melt the bags, but I guess it depends on your dishwasher as to how hot it gets and if this would happen. (As you might guess by it's age, mine gets pretty warm!)
A set of WashyWonder is two paddles and retails for $9.95 - and you'll get a second set free right now, just pay shipping and handling on both sets, or a total of $17.85.
...if you just choked at the cost of the WashyWonder, you're not the only one. If you purchase both of those, that's two sets for two bags washed per dishwasher load. I think it would cost me more to run the dishwasher than it would to buy the equivalent of two premium food storage bags a day. Granted, if you don't use a lot of plastic food storage bags, this could just be a day's worth for you - but even still, at $17.85, then you're going to use a LOT of plastic bags to recoup your money investment in them. If you're thinking it's worth it for the eco-friendly part, remember plastic bags break down fairly quickly, and you'll probably only reuse each bag maybe a dozen times before you'd need to replace it. Personally, I'd feel you're better off purchasing a reusable cloth food storage bag set (which you could try using the WashyWonder system with!), or sticking to reusable glass containers that will last indefinitely.
It's still a nifty idea though (and mom created), and you can purchase them online via the WashyWonder website.
I received a sample of the product mentioned above in order to try it out and share my thoughts on it. All opinions are my own.