You are not alone! I have been forced to do this for years because of cost. Truth be known, I am sure we are no where near the only ones that do this. Trying to thoroughly clean them and neutralize the odor is rather challenging but basically can be accomplished. The trick is not cleaning them too vigorously or with too harsh of soaps because the bags do wear down in short time. It does add interesting conversation for guest that see them hanging in the back of the shower. LOLI change my bag once a day, but I reuse my bags. I don't just toss them in the garbage (that would cost me a fortune!!). I just wash my bags out with soap and water and hang them to dry.