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 Post subject: Washable Lunchbag
PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 8:51 am 
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Hello, I'm wondering if anyone knows where I can get a lunchbag that can be washed in the washing machine, that would still be somewhat insulated. I think I've seen one advertised at some point that was a neoprene--type material. I find that over time most lunchbags we've had get smelly, even if I've wiped them out with a vinegar or bleach solution. Does anyone know of a good brand?


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 Post subject: Re: Washable Lunchbag
PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:47 am 
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Location: Oakville, Ontario
We buy the Roots lunch bags from Costco. I put them through the machine (on gentle) and we've had no issues. The inside has a removable plastic liner that I will wash in the kitchen. Unfortunately, these particular bags are only available when the "back to school" items are offered at Costco, but maybe a Roots store offers them? Their items are very good quality, and the zippers are great. Each of my kids will use these bags for 2 school years (and the back packs last for years! In fact, they never wear out!) Here's a link for the lunch bag. The only issue we have is with the netting for the water bottle... usually into the second year of use, the netting tears and will no longer hold a water bottle.

Julie

https://www.google.ca/search?q=roots+lu ... 66&bih=643

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 Post subject: Re: Washable Lunchbag
PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 6:29 pm 
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Location: Vancouver, BC
I was just looking at lunch boxes for my kids. It does seem a bit gross that the outer parts don't get washed. . . I have the insulated fabric ones and wipe down the inner parts with a soapy cloth, but the outside is cotton canvas or textured nylon type fabric and not really wipe-able. I was trying to convince the kids to get the BUILT neoprene ones which are machine washable but they didn't like the look of them, especially my son - I think the shape looks too much like a purse to him http://www.fenigo.com/LunchBags.aspx He also didn't like the patterns on paper bag shaped tote. . .

I ended up getting another fabric insulated one, but also found a metal lunch box at Old Navy, which would be easy to clean with a soapy cloth, but downside is it's not insulated.

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DS 2006 Allergy to peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, kiwi fruit, eczema


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 Post subject: Re: Washable Lunchbag
PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:35 am 
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Thanks ladies, I will check those out.


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 Post subject: Re: Washable Lunchbag
PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 6:38 pm 
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After years of trial and error with my husband destroying (or ick-i-fying) lunch bags in one way or another, we use dry sacks from camping stores for our lunch bags. They are waterproof, durable, washable, and haven't picked up any stink in the seven years we've had them (even with a few spills). They aren't insulated, but when we need ice packs we wrap them in a dish towel with the item and it seems to work well.

Random idea.

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 Post subject: Re: Washable Lunchbag
PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 2:57 am 
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Honestly, I just throw the lunch bags in the washing machine and let them air dry. They survive just fine.
Maybe it's because I have a front loader, but they don't seem worse for wear.

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 Post subject: Re: Washable Lunchbag
PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 1:31 pm 
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spacecanada wrote:
After years of trial and error with my husband destroying (or ick-i-fying) lunch bags in one way or another, we use dry sacks from camping stores for our lunch bags. They are waterproof, durable, washable, and haven't picked up any stink in the seven years we've had them (even with a few spills). They aren't insulated, but when we need ice packs we wrap them in a dish towel with the item and it seems to work well.

Random idea.
Good tip - thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: Washable Lunchbag
PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 1:32 pm 
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_Susan_ wrote:
Honestly, I just throw the lunch bags in the washing machine and let them air dry. They survive just fine.
Maybe it's because I have a front loader, but they don't seem worse for wear.
Really???? My kids' don't even seem to last a year without the interior lining tearing, so these ones wouldn't hold up to a machine wash (mine is also a front loader). . . . Which lunch pack do you have?

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 Post subject: Re: Washable Lunchbag
PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:17 am 
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I bought neophrene ones for myself and my daughter and they wash well. I found ours at Winners. Staples carry them as well. The brand is Built, I think.

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 Post subject: Re: Washable Lunchbag
PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 1:14 am 
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katec wrote:
I bought neophrene ones for myself and my daughter and they wash well. I found ours at Winners. Staples carry them as well. The brand is Built, I think.
Some kids at school have the Built ones and I wanted to get them for my kids, but they didn't like the look :confused

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 Post subject: Re: Washable Lunchbag
PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 2:59 pm 
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Just got a coupon for some foldable ones from an allergy conference I was at last weekend - they are neoprene, washable, and fold out into a placemat:

http://www.flatbox-lunchbox.com/

PM me for the coupon code.

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 Post subject: Re: Washable Lunchbag
PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 8:51 am 
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Wow, spacecanada, those are really cool. Someone was incredibly creative!


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 Post subject: Re: Washable Lunchbag
PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 10:58 pm 
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Oh, cool! Thanks for the link.

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 Post subject: Re: Washable Lunchbag
PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 1:42 am 
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I just buy the Walmart ones.

She insists on a new one every year.

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