Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Clean those re-usable straws for heaven's sake!

I love those reusable plastic cups with the lids and straws. I get them as gifts. I give them as gifts. I use them everyday. 

At Christmas I got this one from a student:

The straw is see-through. I started to see mold growing inside the straw!!! Disgusting! Well, I brainstormed as to how to get this mold out of there. Here's what you need:

1. Q-tip
2. Long, skinny object that will fit through the straw, at least 3/4 of the way through
3. Water

I have not been able to locate a long skinny object for quite a while, but yesterday I got my new character shoes for work, and holding the shoe apart was a long skinny object! That's the black thing you see down below. Skewers or skinny straws will work too, as long as they can fit in the straw.

Get the Q-tip and the inside of the straw a little wet. You might need to spread out the cotton on the Q-tip a little bit so it reaches the sides of the straw.

Stick it in, then push it through with the long skinny thing (ignore the dirty Q-tip, the other Q-tip is inside the straw).

Push it all the way through, then go back and forth a bunch of times. 

This is how your Q-tip will look after going back and forth 10 times or so... yuck! You were drinking through that gunk!

Now rinse the straw, and drink with peace.

Aloha, Becca

Three Mango Seeds


  1. Great idea, thanks for sharing!

  2. You could also soak the qtip in Jeannie's Green Max Pro or vinegar prior to pushing thru the straw!

    1. Ooh, good idea, Becky. I was thinking, "what is safe, that i could put down the straw?" Dish soap wasn't cutting it!

  3. Great! Now I don't have to throw out any more plastic straws. Nice to find you in the blogosphere. I'm a new follower, and I would love if you follow too, so we can keep in touch. Lori

    1. Thanks Lori! Heading over to your blog now!


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