How do you clean bamboo straws?

bamboo straws

The current shift to using reusable items creates a lot of new questions including just how do you clean bamboo straws?

If you’re anything like me you would have grown up using plastic straws and throwing them in the trash after using them. Thankfully we know better now!

Not only do we know better, but the solution is easy too. It’s a win-win for you AND the environment.

Taking care and cleaning your bamboo straws couldn’t be easier and there is a selection of methods available whether it’s just day to day use and cleaning, or a monthly deep cleanse.

Day to day cleaning;

  1. Rinse under the tap

Simple as that. If you’ve had a healthy drink with low sugar and no dairy to worry about sticking to the inside of your straw, then just give them a rinse under running water.

  1. Shake in soapy water

Use a jar, or the glass you drank out of, and fill with soapy water, pop your straw inside, cover the top with your hand and shake it like you mean it!

This will force the soapy water inside the straw and rinse out anything clinging to the inner surfaces.

  1. Dishwasher

Yes! You can absolutely put them in the dishwasher.

  1. Air dry

Be sure to air dry your straws whilst they’re propped up to allow the water to drain out of them. Laying them on their sides just leaves them festering in dishwater, not what you want!

  1. Use a cleaning brush

Some packs of bamboo straws come with their own little brush and it’s super cute! If yours doesn’t you can buy one and they usually come in a set with other useful bottle brushes. We like this one with the bamboo handles.

How to deep clean bamboo straws.

Every month or two it’s a good idea to give your bamboo straws a really deep clean.

  1. Add two tablespoons of white vinegar to boiling water and soak the straws for a few mins to sterilize and thoroughly clean your straws.
  1. After cleaning, gently massage a tiny amount of coconut oil onto your straws to maintain their condition. 

Want to take care of your own straw?

We found these super cute personalised straws on Etsy, so you’ll know which one is yours! Great for shared households.

Frequently asked questions about bamboo straws;

Are bamboo straws hygienic?

Yes! Bamboo has a natural antimicrobial property which means it kills or slows the spread of micro organisms such as bacteria and viruses. 

How many times can you use a bamboo straw?

Bamboo straws (as opposed to straws made from bamboo fibres) can last for several years.  Bamboo straws are hard, whereas straws made from bamboo fibres look and feel like paper straws.

Can bamboo straws be reused?

Bamboo straws can be washed (as above) and reused again and again

How long can you use bamboo straws?

Bamboo straws can last for years if they’re cleaned correctly (see above) and cared for.

Can bamboo straws be used with hot drinks?

Yes, bamboo straws can be used with hot drinks, but be careful as they may become hot to the touch.

How do I dispose of bamboo straws?

Bamboo straws are biodegradable and can be composted or buried in the ground.

  1. Composting: If you have a compost bin, you can dispose of bamboo straws by adding them to your compost. Bamboo is a natural material that can decompose quickly, so it’s a great addition to your compost pile. However, make sure to cut the bamboo straw into small pieces before adding them to the compost bin.
  2. Burying: You can also dispose of bamboo straws by burying them in the ground. Bamboo straws can decompose naturally without harming the soil, making it an ideal way to dispose of them. However, make sure to bury the bamboo straw in a location that is not used frequently, as it may cause inconvenience to others.
  3. Recycling: While bamboo straws cannot be recycled in the traditional sense, they can still be repurposed. You can use bamboo straws to make crafts or as part of a DIY project. Alternatively, you can donate the bamboo straws to someone who might need them.

It’s important to note that bamboo straws should not be disposed of in the trash as they will end up in landfills and take a long time to decompose. By composting or burying your bamboo straws, you can help reduce waste and contribute to a cleaner environment.

Are bamboo straws safe for children to use?

Yes, bamboo straws are safe for children to use, but make sure they are supervised to prevent any accidents.

Why you should use bamboo straws?

Apart from the fact they’re super hygienic and antimicrobial naturally, they can also be used for hot and cold drinks without going soggy, they’re plastic-free and bamboo as a material is sustainable and fast-growing.

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