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!

4 Responses to How to Clean a Silly Straw!

  1. Karin says:

    Oh my god! Of course! I’ve had a strict rule against milk being drunk from these in our house, now I know what to do. You are so clever!

  2. Heather says:

    Ah what a great idea! I am very particular what I let be drunk through straws like this! I can now be free or these shackles! LOL!

  3. Brilliant!!!! I read this and ran into the kitchen and really cleaned all my straws. thank you!!!

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