hints, tips & frequently asked questions

Why choose Sinchies?

Our Pouches are Transparent
The number one reason why you should choose Sinchies reusable pouches and ziplock bags over other brands is because all our pouches are transparent. This is the most important thing when choosing pouches! You need to be able to see inside them. Why? Firstly and most importantly, you need to see if they are clean. If you have a coloured pouch you can’t see if there are any bits stuck inside them and risk contaminating your food. Secondly, having a clear pouch allows you to see the contents to ensure it’s fresh! And last of all – we don’t try to cover up any faults that may arise. If there is a defect with the product you will be able to see it and let us know.

We are a Small, Family-Owned Australian Business
You’ll be supporting a small business which means you’re supporting a dream, helping to put food on a table and keep a roof over our heads! Sam says, “I don’t have a fancy office but none-the-less my work is very important to me. It allows me to contribute financially to my own family and also employ other mums who bring their kids to work or who want to work from home too while contributing to their own families”. Sinchies now offers a consultancy program for anyone wanting to earn a bit of extra money, working from home.

What are Sinchies made from?

Sinchies are made from plastic using a combination of PET and PE. Our pouches are free from BPA, Phthalate and PVC. There are no chemical phthalates or bisphenol A (BPA) in PET plastic, and therefore PET plastic does not leach these substances. PET plastic is approved as safe for food and beverage contact by FDA and similar regulatory agencies throughout the world, and has been for more than 30 years.

What products are in the Sinchies range?

Our 80ml side spout and 80ml top spout pouches are a similar in size to pre-filled yoghurt squeezies found in the supermarket. These are a great lunchbox size and are also perfect for international flights with 100ml liquid restrictions! Or use them to store energy gels or gus when going on a hike, bike ride or competing in a triathalon.

Our 140ml side spout and 150ml top spout pouches are similar in size to pre-filled baby food pouches and larger prefilled yoghurt pouches. These are our ultimate size for baby food puree but are also a great lunchbox size for older children. Use these to serve and store purees, yoghurt, custard, jelly, yogo, smoothies and other things like salad dressing or even toiletries! These pouches are very handy for handbag or baby bag sized sunblock.

Our 200ml side spout and 200ml top spout reusable pouches are great for older children, parents, grandparents, kitchen storage or littlies who have a healthy appetite. Use these ones to serve and store many a thing like purees, yoghurt, custard, yogo, smoothies, sauces, soups, leftovers and other things like salad dressing, toiletries or even washing liquid. The uses are endless.

With the 500ml side spout pouch, you can make and store your own soup, stock, broth, juices, milks, cocktails and marinades at home, saving space in the fridge and freezer!

This size is also ideal for people with special feeding needs, who need to use G-tubes or feeding tubes.

The 1 Litre side spout pouches are our ultimate filling tool or accessory, great to fill your other pouches with. Or ready to fill these with your favourite, healthy home cooking! Use them for storing bulk amounts of yoghurt, soups, stocks, juices, milks and lots more. You can even pop water in them and freeze them to use as ice-bricks – once they defrost you have nice cold water to drink.

Sinchies Pops are the ultimate reusable ice block pouch! Skip the nasties found in the shop bought ice-blocks – just fill, seal and freeze. Once frozen simply rinse, pop and eat! These pouches are a similar size to ice lollies and catch the drips on super hot days.

Reusable Snack Ziplock bags, Sandwich Ziplock bags and Australia’s first ever reusable Wrap Ziplock bags. These reusable ziplock pouches are designed to replace the mountains of disposable ziplock bags and cling-film that is used, and to support schools and daycare centres with teaching our children about sustainability. Use these in your pantry, for lunchboxes, in your fridge and freezer, car, camper van, when travelling. The possibilities are endless. Check out our list below of what you can use our pouches for – your imagination is the limit, not our list. These go gangbusters in Sinchies Fundraising Drives too, which is all part of Sam’s aim to help reduce single use plastics!

Our Accessories includes a filling station, drying rack, collapsible funnel and cleaning brush for all your filling, washing and drying needs. We also offer larger child safe lids which we recommend using for babies and small children, as well spare standard lids to replace any that get lost. When you’re starting the weaning stage, our screw on spoons make feeding time so easy, and our less mess soft silicone lids are great for babies and toddlers who like to squeeze and slup pouches, as they help to stop the contents from spilling out of the spout so easily.

What can I use my Sinchies for?

Your imagination is the only limit! The uses for Sinchies are endless and although we’ve tried to compile a list of what Sinchies have been used for, I’m sure there’s many a thing we haven’t touched on.

Art supplies, baby foods, baby formula portions, breast milk, custard, frozen treats, fruit puree, glitter bags, homemade glue and paint, instant pudding, jelly, milkshakes, milo, mousse, party lolly bags, playdough, porridge, rice pudding, school lunches, sensory bags, smoothies, snack bags, sorbets, soups, spaghetti, vegetable puree, weetbix, yoghurt, yogo

Broth, cocktails, coconut cream, dressings, drinking yoghurt, eggnog, energy gels, fruit crushers, fruit juice, hydration liquids, marinades, milk shakes, mocktails, protein shakes, rice and almond milk, slurpies, smoothies, stock, soup, water

100s & 1000s, aioli, alcohol, breadcrumbs, bulk cooking, coulis, dip, egg nets, filling cannelloni, gravy, herb infused oils, herbs and spices, honey, ice bricks, icing and ganache, jams, jus, left over canned products, marinade bags, mayonnaise, pancake batter, pastes, pate, pesto, portioning meat, salad dressing, salad-to-go, sauces, seeds, tomato paste, recipe in a bag

Alcohol, body lotion, body wash, coconut oil, detergent, dettol, dry bag (e.g. to keep valuable dry and sand/dirt free), fabric softener, hand cream, hand sanitizer, ice bricks, insect repellent, moisturizer, recipe bags, shampoo, snack packs, sunscreen, toothpaste, wet bag (e.g. swimmers etc)

How do I use my Sinchies?

Check out this great video which shows how easy it is to use and care for your Sinchies. Or, for more detailed descriptions please jump down the page to the How To Fill / How To Clean / How To Dry sections.

The five keys to safer food from the WHO website:

  1. Keep clean
  2. Separate raw and cooked
  3. Cook thoroughly
  4. Keep food at safe temperatures
  5. Use safe water and raw materials

Sinchies have no control over consumer’s effective food hygiene practices and will therefore not be held responsible for any issue, health or otherwise, that may arise due to the consumer’s choice to reuse pouches.
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How do I fill my Sinchies?

  1. Please wash your Sinchies reusable food pouches and ziplock bags before using them for the first time. See below for information on How to Clean your pouches.
  2. Ensure the lid is tightly fastened if using a spout pouch.
  3. Open the pouch’s ziplock top or bottom. If using side spout pouches, expand the bottom gussets so they can stand up. If using top spout pouches we recommend placing them in cups or use one of our filling stations to free up your hands and make it easier to fill multiple pouches at once.
  4. Use a 1 Litre Sinchies reusable food pouch (for thicker consistency foods), or a collapsible funnel and jug (for ‘runnier’ liquids) and fill your Sinchies. Pour your scrumptious food up to the ‘fill to here’ line on the pouches.
  5. When sealing the ziplock on the side spout pouches – widen the bottom gusset with two fingers to help ensure your contents doesn’t spill out the top. When sealing the top spout pouches, I widen the neck a bit and give it a gentle tap.

filling tips from fans:

  • From Missy – Easy way to fill Sinchies, use a sauce bottle!
  • From several mums – Cut a plastic water/soft drink bottle to make a funnel. Makes it SO easy!
  • From Josie – Use a cupcake/pancake batter pourer I found in ‘House’ in Noosa Civic…so easy to fill my Sinchies reusable food pouches with 🙂
  • From Sarah – When filling a lot of them I have been using a piping bag!! Makes it way easy and hardly any mess!
  • From Sheree – I purée fruit in a Pyrex measuring jug (with a ‘pour lip’) and pour it in…slowly!
  • From Jacqueline – I use a funnel. It works a treat!
  • From Kendell – Cake decorating cylinder.

How do I clean my Sinchies?

The easiest way to clean all your pouches is by using one of our cleaning brushes! Supporting the pouch with your hand use a twisting motion so the brush gets right down to the bottom of the pouch and into the corners.
Our cleaning brushes come with a smaller brush (hidden at the bottom) to clean the spout and seal.

We wouldn’t continue selling these as reusable pouches if you couldn’t clean them properly! If you have tried the above tips but are still having trouble getting them clean, please email us at sendmesome@sinchies.com and we’ll be happy to help!

cleaning tips from fans:

  • From Kirsty – Wash them out with warm soap water. Pop them in a microwave sterilizer for 5 mins (I have a 950w) and they’re fine. I will also get some Milton and use both methods, I’m sure Milton will be gentler.
  • From Emma I use a bottle brush here and pop them upside down in a cup of spoons to dry (or end of the bottle brush if only one).
  • From Rebecca – Bottle brush for the pouch and the bottle teat brush for the spout.
  • From Ashleigh – If there’s yoghurt dried in there from being in the lunchbox all day I rinse it under the tap with a drop of dishwashing liquid, and rub the sides together.
  • From Sarah – I rinse them through the spout, then clean them with a small bottle brush.
  • From Alison – As I tend to have 10+ going at once (5 kids!!) a bit of warm water and detergent, pop the lid back on and give a little shake. To dry them, I put a scrunched up piece of paper towel inside and leave them upside down on the drying rack. Otherwise they get smelly if they don’t dry properly and mine often get left in lunch boxes with yoghurt remnants inside.
  • From Cassandra – Bottle brush, then into the sterilizing bucket, rinsed then semi dried, then into the fridge until filled. We love’em!
  • From Kerry – I just use a cloth on the end of a butter knife if there are any stubborn bits stuck down the bottom.

How do I dry my Sinchies?

Drying Sinchies are kind of like drying a drink bottle – it can take a little while. The neck of the pouch needs to be kept open to allow air to flow through them. To combat this problem, myMy dad and I have designed the Sinchies drying rack – which does the trick! Fold the side seals together (so the bottom gusset and ziplock stay open) and pop them over the prongs on your Sinchies drying rack or dish rack. Other suggestions are:

  • Using a short glass and some spoons or chopsticks – place the utensils in the glass, pop each Sinchies pouch over one and they’ll dry in no time.
  • Use a round peg laundry hanger or hang them up on your washing line.
  • Skip the need for a thorough drying by giving them a shake good shake after washing and storing them in the freezer until their next use.

drying tips from fans:

  • From Ali – Use magnets and hang them on your range hood.
  • From Claire I dry mine by sticking them over the handle of the potato masher to keep them open.
  • From Elly I leave mine to dry on the bottle dryer (prongs), then store them in fridge or freezer.

Can I write on my Sinchies?

You can write on your pouches with a permanent marker (before filing) and then rub it off with eucalyptus oil. Alternatively some masking tape works wonderfully and leaves no sticky residue.

Do I need to buy lids for my pouches separately?

All our spout pouches come with standard lids. If using the pouches for babies and infants we do encourage you to buy child safe (choke-free) lids separately. Spare standard lids are also available for purchase.

What is the best way to store my Sinchies in the fridge?

It’s best to store top spout pouches with the lid pointed down when in the fridge.

Can I store my Sinchies in the freezer?

Yes! Sinchies pouches are safe to use in the freezer. Cook up a storm and fill all your pouches at once and refrigerate meals in bulk. Storing empty pouches in the freezer is also a great way to prevent mould if pouches aren’t thoroughly dried properly, especially in humid climates.

Can I clean my Sinchies in a dishwasher?

We don’t recommend putting your Sinchies in a dishwasher as some machines will get to very high temperatures that will break-down the seals of your pouches, thus shortening their lifespan. Dishwashes may not also get into the creases and your pouches are unlikely to dry properly after a dishwashing cycle. Please read the above How to Clean section for cleaning tips.

How should I heat my Sinchies?

Our pouches are hardy so you can pour hot food into your Sinchies and wait for it to cool before sealing and storing. To defrost and warm up food, I usually pop my Sinchies into a jug of hot water, shaking it around every minute or so to ensure the contents are heated through evenly.

Where possible we don’t recommend heating any plastic products in the microwave for various reasons. But being a mum I also know that when kids are hungry they’re hungry NOW and taking time to heat pouches in a jug of hot water is not always an option so I have resorted to the microwave on the odd occasion. If you do choose to use one, we recommend using a medium temperature and giving them a shake around every 15 seconds so as not to create hot spots. Heating food in the microwave heats food from the outside in so you often find the edges are really hot but the middle is still cold. If you don’t stop and shake it around you risk damaging the pouch as the food bubbles the sides of the pouch. Please note that using the microwave will reduce the life of your pouches.

How long do Sinchies last?

We can’t say exactly how long Sinchies last as everyone uses them for different things and take care of them in different ways. We have had some customers using the same batch for years and some only for six months as they’ve constantly been heating the pouches, freezing them and washing them in the dishwasher (please note, we do not recommend putting pouches through the dishwasher). Generally we say six months is a good life, due to the low price point of the pouches ranging from $1 to a few dollars. We’re here to help so if you think your Sinchies haven’t lasted the distance, please email us at sendmesome@sinchies.com!

How do I dispose of end-of-life Sinchies?

The pouches themselves can be recycled in the red-cyle bins (soft plastic bins) found at participating stores. You will need to cut the spout off the pouches as this cannot be recycled in these bins as it is not a soft plastic, however this can be put in the normal recycling bins in your home.

What do I do if I think one of my pouches is faulty?

Like any company we do get some faults out of the 1000s of pouches we produce. In the unlikely event that you receive a faulty product please let us know within 6 months of the purchase date, otherwise we will not be able to offer a replacement. Please complete a Product Return Form including a photo of the problem, or email sendmesome@sinchies.com with details of the fault, a photo and your order name or number.

How long should it take to receive my order?

Please allow up 30 days for delivery, unless you paid for express postage. For other shipping information including what to do if an order is late or missing, please view our Terms and Conditions page .