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How should I clean my reusable straws?

Reusable straws are easy to clean. In order to reuse your reusable straws, it is essential to keep them clean. Afterall, who would want to keep on reusing dirty straws? Even if you bring them for travel or anywhere where you can refuse plastic straws, it is essential to maintain their good appearance and purposeful function. But how do you clean reusable straws?

how should I clean my reusable straws

Cleaning your Reusable Straws

You can clean your reusable straws in a variety of ways. Letís explore these different cleaning methods and pick the one that fits your needs.

Cleaning Brush

The most common way to clean your reusable straws is using soapy and a cleaning brush. Reusable straws usually come with a cleaning brush. Some come with squeegee like silicone straws for example. If yours didnít, you can buy a small brush online or at your local store. Cleaning brushes provide thorough cleaning and are ideal tools to clean your reusable straws inside out especially if you use them for smoothies, lemonades or milk. To remove residue from hard to reach areas in your straw, squirt a few drops of soapy water into your straw then simply insert your brush inside the straw and scrub vigorously. If you are worried about ingesting soap, use a natural soap instead. Pull the brush back and forth a few times or until the residue that is building up inside your straw is completely removed. After that, rinse your straw with clean tap water.


Not all reusable straws are dishwasher safe. Silicone straws for example are dishwasher safe but read the productís descriptions and manufacturerís warnings first before tossing them inside your dishwasher. This method is by far the easiest and quickest but in order to properly remove debris and thoroughly clean your drinking straw, it is highly recommended to use the cleaning brush method.

Boiling water

For a more thorough cleaning, you can have your reusable straws sanitized by boiling them in water. However, make sure that your reusable straw can withstand high temperatures. Silicone and stainless steel straws are examples that can be sanitized through boiling because they can adapt to sudden change in temperature. You can add vinegar or baking soda to your boiling water.


Always remember to clean your straw each and after use especially if you are using a bamboo straw. Bamboo straws have uneven surface so it is more prone to residue build up than other types of reusable straws.

The initial cost of reusable straws can be quite high, especially if you are who on a budget so taking good care of your reusable straw is important. Always read the label and care instructions that come with your reusable straw. The cleaning method depends entirely on what kind of reusable straw you have. Some are dishwasher safe, some arenít. Nevertheless, cleaning your drinking straws the right way is good for your body and saves you money.

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