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Curly straws - how to get/keep clean

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Justabutty Mon 17-Sep-07 14:43:08

Small boy's favourite Bob the Builder curly wurly straw has yukky bits in that I just can't shift. Have tried boiling, sterilising and poking various things down it but no success. Any suggestions??

indignatio Mon 17-Sep-07 14:44:16

Don't put it in the dishwasher - they lose their curl

suzywong Mon 17-Sep-07 14:44:38


I remember systematically poking small bits of apple up the stem of one when I was a kid and my mother going mental. Now I understand.

glitterchick Tue 18-Sep-07 19:55:58

Lose the straw.

NutterlyUts Tue 18-Sep-07 19:57:03

Pipe cleaner with fairy liquid?

newlifenewname Tue 18-Sep-07 19:59:11

I put mine in dishwasher, well dcs not mine of course, and is true about losing curliness.

Chuck em and never buy the sodding things again and then you can be like your mothers who refused to ever buy them when you were kids.

Califrau Tue 18-Sep-07 20:00:04

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

FrannyandZooey Tue 18-Sep-07 20:00:37

They are disgusting

ours sat on the side waiting for a fairy to come and clean it

then HC came to stay and made her dd a drink in it when I was upstairs blush shock

I have chucked it now

Justabutty Fri 21-Sep-07 18:04:52

DP has taken up the cause and 'brilliantly' decided to push salt (!) down the straw to try and shift the yukky bits. Needless to say it didn't work and now we have a curly straw with mould AND salt. I'm going with the the bin with the horrible thing.

looshkin Fri 21-Sep-07 20:42:14

Finally I can help someone on mumsnet usually it is the other way around smile.
Dr Browns (as in the bottles) do a tiny little long flexible brush to clean the colic tube thing inside the bottle. This should be perfect for the job and can be found in mothercare.


Fizzylemonade Fri 21-Sep-07 21:33:03

Big pack of disposable straws from somewhere suitably cheap like ikea - they even do bendy ones!

The Dr Browns thing would work but just think of the hours spent fiddling around with a small brush. Life is toooooo short grin

laura032004 Sun 23-Sep-07 18:13:01

I bin them ASAP after they are purchased (never by me!), before DS1 gets too attached. We have a big box of disposable straws from Tesco!

Surfermum Sun 23-Sep-07 18:18:57

I put my finger over the end, fill it with water from the tap, blow really hard into it and then let my finger go so the water blasts through it.

<<wanders off wondering why she doesn't just bin them>>

crc4450 Fri 22-Jan-16 19:20:16

I am not a mother, but a 13 year old. I forgot a plastic cup with spiral straw with lemonade, which then proceeded to mould. The cup was simple to clean, but the straw was terrible. So i washed with soapy water and left there. A few months later, I needed the cup for drinking, but found the mould was still all through the straw. I tried taping cotton buds together, and using those, but they got stuck inside the straw. So I tried putting the straw in boiling water. In less than 10 seconds, the straw completely altered shape, and would not fit back into the cup however long I spend re bending it. So, I got an idea. I uncurled the straw completely and got a mostly straight straw, around a metre long. Then, using some tape for a marker I taped where I wanted to cut, softened i and cut it into 4 somewhat straight straws with a pair of regular scissors. Took around an hour to do, but if you have some free time or just bored, this can be quite fun actually. Just make sure you have some oven gloves on.

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