How to Fix Wet Corn Hole Bags

By Jennifer Eblin

Corn hole is a game popularized in the Midwest. While it originally started at fairs and festivals it has spread to parties, reunions and even tailgating events. Players take turns trying to toss corn hole bags into holes carved into a wood frame, with the winner the one who scores the most points. Since the game is almost always played outdoors, people sometimes forget to bring the bags inside and they can get wet. Until the bags are dried you can’t play because no one wants to grab wet bags. Luckily there are a few ways to fix wet corn hole bags.

Place several of the bags in the dryer and turn your dryer to its lowest setting before turning it on. The dryer will slowly dry out the corn hole bags, but it may take a full cycle before the bags are completely dry. Since they’re stuffed with beans or a similar material, you may hear a loud banging noise coming from your dryer as they hit the sides.

Leave the corn hole bags outside on a bright and sunny day for several hours. This is the easiest thing you can do to fix wet corn hole bags because the sun will do all the work for you. Just place them in a dry location where they can get a lot of sun and check on them at the end of the day.

Cut a small hole inside the bag and drain out the inside. Most corn hole bags are stuffed with a natural material like dried beans or rice, which is replaceable. Toss the outside bags into your dryer and then fill with a new material. Then you’ll need to stitch up the hole you created with a needle and thread.

Dry the bags using a hair dryer or blow dryer. It may sound a little weird, but this actually works to fix wet corn hole bags. The heat from the blow dryer will warm the inside material, which will help dry the outside. You may need to turn the bag over to make sure you dry both sides completely.

Squeeze out any excess moisture in the corn hole bags and place them in the microwave for 30 seconds. Remove the bags and check to see if they’ve dried out. The microwave heats the corn hole bags, drying any water. Continue placing the bags in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until completely dry.

Tip

If you want to replace the contents your corn hole bags and find that the maker used a synthetic material instead of dried beans or rice, don’t worry: You can fill the bags with some beans or rice and still get the same feeling as you did before.

Warning

Look for any signs of mold on the bags before you attempt to dry them. Depending on how long you left the bags outside and how long they’ve been wet, you might have some mold. Moldy bags will usually have a musty, odd odor. If you have any mold, just toss out the bags and buy (or make) new ones.

About the Author

Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.