You've already got some good suggestions here. Get the bigger straws at an inexpensive store, like Dollar Tree. Use a pipe cleaner to scrub the inside. Rinse the things as soon as possible after using them. Also - and I know some people cringe at this - a combination of a very mild solution of regular bleach and Dawn™ dish detergent is an excellent cleaner. The bleach should be no more than a 5% solution. Restaurants use bleach solutions for cleaning all the time, and it's never hurt anyone so far (that I've ever heard). My husband cleans his CPAP tubing with it. I worked in clinical labs for nearly 30 years, and bleach solutions are the primary disinfectants for surfaces there. Naturally, you don't want to use the stuff right from the bottle! (and it's less effective that way, paradoxically) Just make up a quart bottle of water with a few drops of Dawn™ and a capful of bleach, and scrub that inside your straw with the pipecleaner. You could immerse the straw in there and let it soak, too. Rinse it well and let it air dry. Not only clean, but disinfected, too!
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4/28/14 11:15 A
I just go to Target and purchase the 100 straw packs for $1.00. I don't really want to clean out those straws. Also, with Cartwheel, they have been an extra 5% off.
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9,717 4/27/14 3:10 P
Just use a pipe cleaner! Gets it clean as a whistle. :)You'll still have to discard it eventually, but that's what I use to clean my kids' cup stuff.
When I make smoothies, I don't use a straw. As a matter of fact, I rarely use straws. Thus, no need to worry about cleaning one out.
4/27/14 10:23 A
This is kind of just an FYI. Using a straw a lot over years and years, will cause upper lip lines (wrinkles/creases between your upper lip and nose) and around your lower lip, like smokers get. Look in a mirror while you're using a straw-- the creases you see from pursing your lips around that straw, eventually become permanent. I smoked for years and years, and although I quit some years back... the lines are there forever (sans botox or something). I never use a straw... don't want to make them worse.
I found the big thick straws at Dollar Tree 10 in a pack for $1.00 !!!!!!!!!
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2,738 4/26/14 4:39 P
I try to make sure to rinse them out as soon as I'm done with the smoothie, so that it doesn't get stuck on, then I run them through the dish washer. Bed Bath& Beyond sells "milkshake" straws that are thicker than regular plastic drinking straws. I'm still deciding if I like them or not, since my smoothies aren't super thick, so I just end up drinking it super fast.
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4/26/14 4:18 P
This may not be the proper way of doing it, but it what works for me. I fill one of my plastic reusable water bottles with warm soapy water, add the straws, put the lid on and shake it like crazy for a minute. So far, it's always done the job of getting chunks of fruit or dried residue out!
4/26/14 3:16 P
Check your local health food store. They may have straws that are corn based. And you can compost those.
Hmmm, the only time I use the straw is when I buy a smoothie at my local health food bar (and theirs are disposable). It never occurs to me to have straws of any sort on hand when I'm at home making smoothies. I just drink them like a drink, maybe use a spoon at the bottom if it's a particularly dense smoothie.
This might sound weird but how does everyone deal with cleaning the plastic smoothie straws without a hassle? I pitched mines after I couldn't get them clean on the inside. I also don't know where to find replacements or what I could use that's less of a hassle besides ordinary straws. The flimsy plastic kind work but I don't like to buy them or always be throwing them away, seems like a waste to me. I am open to all ideas though for cleaning I don't have the luxury of a dishwasher. Just me, soap and whatever works like vinegar, etc.