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Use this Stainless Steel Straw Cleaner with Nylon Brush to keep your reusable straws clean and safe.
Reusable straws made from glass, stainless steel, silicone, and bamboo are movin' on up in popularity. They all have their own unique look and mouth-feel, and come in various sizes to accommodate chunky smoothies to clear liquids; some are straight, some collapse, others have a bend that can be more troublesome to keep clean.
Reducing the amount of single-use disposable plastic we use each day is good for the environment and can be helpful for our budgets. The one thing they don't offer is the convenience of use and toss disposable plastics. You really should wash reusable bottles and straws after every use. There are bacteria and fungi lurking in there! Yuck!
While some straws are labeled as dishwasher safe, they still need some attention before you put them upright in the silverware basket. The water from the dishwasher cannot always reach every interior surface, especially in straws with a bend. To clean a straw, dip the handy dandy brush in hot water and regular dish soap, insert the brush into the straw, and pass it through the entire length of the straw. If you can still see bits of smoothie fruit clinging to the inside of the straw, dip the wet brush or pipe cleaners in some baking soda and try again. Finish by rinsing the straw in hot water and allow it to dry upright in a clean glass or dish drainer.