How often do you throw out straws because they are dirty and you don’t know how to clean them?
Each morning before school, my daughter fills her backpack with her school books, homework, lunch bag, and her water bottle.
She has two bottles we keep in rotation, so they can be washed or in case one gets left in her school locker or desk the day before.
Need some yummy drinks or smoothies to fill those clean water bottles? MOMables has tons of ideas and a weekly meal plan that can give you just that!
All that use, even on the weekends, can really take its toll. The mouthpieces eventually wear out, or if your kids are like mine, they also seem to chew on them… “ahem,” so they need to be replaced more often then they should. ;)
So what’s the best way to clean those teeny tiny straws inside? And where can you quickly find replacement pieces for them?
One way to keep the straws clean is to keep a baby bottle brush on hand. This is a great tool for reaching in those tough-to-reach spots in the straw and give it a thorough cleaning by hand.
Another great solution is to soak them in equal parts vinegar and water. This serves as a natural cleaning and sanitizing agent. After soaking, wash as normal and let dry.
Many can be run through the dishwasher, but just be careful! If the parts and pieces fall, they can melt on the heating element. Ugh! That’ll be one of the days you hope you’re not the one in the family responsible for unloading the dishwasher. ;)
What about replacement pieces?
Amazon is amazing for finding replacements. That’s where I order mine! With my Prime account, I get fast and free shipping, so I have my replacement pieces in two short days.
Isn’t the Internet amazing?!
Keep your kids hydrated and their bellies full thanks to these tips and our lunch plans here at MOMables!