How to Clean a Silly Straw!

My kids love silly straws. Crazy straws? Whatever. The point is, my boys love them, but if you put them in anything but water, they get gross pretty quickly. Milk is the worst. Then, one day, I had a light bulb go off! Chenille stems would be perfect for shoving down in there and scrubbing out the yuckies! Of course! Back in the day we called them “pipe cleaners” after all because they were used to clean out smoking pipes. But now we call them the more p.c. “chenille stems” and their original purpose has been forgotten and instead we use them to make cute little bugs and fuzzy bracelets and such.
The point being: This works great! Shove it down as far as it will go down one end of the silly straw, then pull it out and go in from the other side. I can usually clean one loop from the top and one loop from the bottom. This works well for regular straws, too, not just the crazy kind.
Ta Daaaaa! No more gunky crazy straws!

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Marigold Haske

I'm Marigold and I like to make stuff. Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky! is a place where I share my love of DIY and working with my hands. You'll find projects for kids and adults that are quirky, fun, artful and functional.You can email me at