How Should I Clean My Reusable Straws?
If you decided to switch from plastic straws to reusable straws, you might think about how to clean them. Here are a couple of tips on how to clean reusable straws. Following them, you won't have to worry if you removed all the liquid from them. Straws will be clean and you will give your contribution to the greener planet.
The most important thing is to rinse the straws immediately after using them. Rinsing will prevent the liquid from hardening inside. This is essential no matter if you clean reusable straws in the dishwasher or manually. You can also sink it into the plate filled with water and dish soap, and do the rinsing later. Use hot water for rinsing, as well as for soaking the straws into the plate. Even if you use stainless steel straws, no need to worry about rusting. They are rust-proof.
The dishwasher is very convenient to wash all sorts of dishes. But, it might not be the best solution for reusable straws. Due to a small diameter, there is a possibility that they will not be entirely washed. Yet, washing in the dishwasher won't damage stainless steel, glass or silicone straws.
Manual washing is more convenient for reusable straws. With proper brushes, you can be sure that you've cleaned straws well. Before cleaning, remove all the particles from the straw, by rinsing it well several times. Some particles can stick inside, especially if you drink smoothies. You can remove them by filling the straw with the water, keeping one side closed with your finger. Then blow through it with a strong force.
After rinsing, add the dish soap to the straw brush and clean reusable straws inside by scrubbing it. Push the brush from each end of the straw several times. Rub the straw firmly, to make sure that you have cleaned it well.
After you finish brushing the straw inside, rinse straws well for at least one minute with hot water. A minute of proper rinsing will remove all the dish soap from the straws for sure. And it will also remove all the liquid as well.
If you are not sure that you have removed all the particles from the straw, use baking soda to improve cleaning. Baking soda is an excellent cleaner. It absorbs odours and is a gentle abrasive. It will clean reusable straws without damaging them, regardless of their material.
There are different types of straw brushes such as U Konserve Drinking Straw Brush. It is suitable for all the U Konserve reusable straws. You can put it in a dishwasher, too. Sets of reusable straws with brushes are also available on the market. Some of them are Chilly’s bottle straw, Klean Kanteen straw set or U Konserve stainless steel straw with a brush.
With the right combination of straws and brushes, you'll clean reusable straws well. You won't have to worry about possible infections that can develop in retained dirt in the straws. And, you will contribute to ecology and healthy life on the planet.
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