Step 1: Wash Your Swags
Firstly, you must cold machine wash your Swags before use, as the inner layer plumps up and works much better after machine washing. Hang them out on the line to dry in full sun.
We recommend washing your Swags with a natural laundry detergent such as our all-natural Soapberries.
Step 2: Wash Your Produce
If possible, when you get your beautiful bounty of fresh produce home from the shops, we highly recommend filling your kitchen sink with cold water and a BIG splash of vinegar (apple cider or white wine) and let them bathe in it (potentially for a few hours hours).
Give them a good rub and remove any stickers. Note that ‘furry’ fruits such as peaches and apricots don’t like a long bath – they like a quick plunge and dry!
If possible, chop off the stalks of your produce so they can breathe and hydrate better (just like cutting the ends off flowers for a vase).
Step 3: Dampen Your Swags
Dampen your Swag before you put your fresh produce into it. Make sure you dampen the outside layer only and really wring out excess water. The inside of the Swag should be dry in parts and not noticeably wet. Too much dampness is not good for your fruit and veggies, so if you’re not seeing the results you’re expecting, then you’re probably applying too much water to your Swag.
For best results dampen your Swag with filtered water from a jug or filtration system.
Step 4: Add Produce
Add your produce directly into your dampened Swags and place them in the crisper in your fridge.
Some people like to use a separate Swag for fruit, veggies or leafy greens. Others throw everything into one Swag. It’s entirely up to you!
We recommend transferring your older produce from the Large Swag into a Small Swag with a specific coloured trim. This way, you’ll always know that the Small Swag has the older produce which you need to use first.
Step 5: Maintain Swags
When you feel your Swags are starting to dry up – sprinkle with water from the outside to replace moisture.
Wash your Swags as needed or once every two weeks. To get the best out of your Swags, after every 3rd or 4th wash, sprinkle washed Swags with cheap white cleaning vinegar and put on an extra rinse cycle. The vinegar removes soap residue and is a natural sanitiser.
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