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Popper

Hey EB. Can anyone share how they are cleaning reusable straws? Bottle teat cleaners are too short and wide. I don't want to go back to disposable straws!

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Jenflea

You can buy special cleaning brushes for them.

 

I thought they all came with the brushes actually.

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Future-self

In the dishwasher.

A quick rinse through straight after using them and then into the cutlery basket of the dishwasher. We;ve had our nearlya year and no problems or brush.

 

ETA If you want a brush now buy some pipe cleaners. They're not just for craft! Or order a special one like this https://www.biome.com.au/stainless-steel-straws/13491-ecococoon-straw-cleaner.html

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mandelbrot

There's a reason why we regularly have tantrums over curly reuseable straws... kids are only ever allowed to have water with them, as I just can't get them properly clean!

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seayork2002

We don't use them much but i rinse as soon as finished with then when I do a load of washing leave them in the water first wash everything while they are soaking and then rinse - I have never used a brush etc.

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Lesley225

I'm only using them for soft drinks so a rinse through in hot water seems to work although I did buy a brush at the same time.

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MarchyMama

We use metal ones and they came with a long cleaning brush - but they also go through the dishwasher. We have ten of them and they're great!

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marple

Where can you buy the metal ones please?

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ritten

I just use pipecleaners..the kids always seem to end up using any novelty cleaning brushes we get...these are much less exciting for them and work well. I use them for drink bottles as well.

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purpleduck

Just the regular craft pipe cleaners. Make sure you dry them out well after so they don’t rust (the pipe cleaners)

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hills mum bec

There's a reason why we regularly have tantrums over curly reuseable straws... kids are only ever allowed to have water with them, as I just can't get them properly clean!

 

I put one of the curly straws in the dishwasher once and it came out straight.

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Popper

Thanks for the tips. We use for smoothies and the dishwasher is not doing the job (visible chunks)! I figured pipecleaners were counter productive to the cause but maybe that is the way to go! Will have to look into the straw which comes with a brush.

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Contrebasse

On a side note, why do people use straws in the first place? Isn’t it less hassle to just drink straight out of the glass?

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just roses

On a side note, why do people use straws in the first place? Isn’t it less hassle to just drink straight out of the glass?

I was just thinking the same thing!

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Mooples

I bought straw cleaners off eBay to clean ds’ sippy cup straws when he has milk in them.

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purpleduck

I have a water bottle that has a flip top thing and straw attaches on the inside, so reusable, but I'm also very blergh about mould etc, so I like to clean the straw very well :)

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Overtherainbow

We have a flip cap that screws into our smoothie maker. It makes it easy to drink on the run. No straws required.

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Manicmum

Lol, my kids are only allowed water in their drink bottles too.

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JBH

If drinking something other than water, using a straw is better for your teeth, as they don’t get continually covered in the drink. And my children just like straws and I am trying to reduce our plastic waste.

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kimasa

I either put in the dishwasher or I boil the kettle and pour it through before washing.

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Ozquoll

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Ozquoll

I found a pack of mixed size straw/bottle brushes at the local $2 shop, they work fine.

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rosie28

Straw cleaners are sometimes sold with reusable straws. Or Biome has them, and I think I saw some in Kmart a few weeks ago.

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