Say Goodbye to Straw Gunk

Denture Cleaning Tablets

Current Catalog's Water Bottle Straw Brush

Like many people who live  with physical challenges, I cannot lift a glass to drink. I use a plastic, BPA*-free, straw to drink and eat (soup and thin stews) several times a day. I depend on a straw to maintain critical hydration, enjoy beverages and some foods, and to take medication. My health and sense of independence would be greatly compromised without the use of a straw.

Drinking a variety of beverages and sipping the occasional soup through a reusable straw leaves traces of food which can't always be removed by the dishwasher. Even worse, hand-washing the straw with other dishes often leaves a soapy and/or perfume taste that distorts anything I drink after the straw gets washed. Anyone who has used a sports type of water bottle knows another problem can happen with the bottle's straw. A residue like mold and/or bacteria can grow inside the straw or even the bottle because the straw can't be removed from the bottle or there is no way to effectively clean the straw. Straws with ridges trap even more residue and, as a result, more bacterial types of problems develop. The bacteria or mold residue that forms inside the straw can cause a variety of health problems such as: stomach upset, allergic reactions, and other illnesses. I have become ill using a straw that was not completely cleaned out. Fortunately, there is a tool and a product that thoroughly gets rid of this harmful residue and effectively cleans a reusable drinking straw.

The tool I found to clean my straws effectively is the Water Bottle Straw Brush, item #: CC612447, from Current Catalog. For the mere price of $5.00 plus shipping and handling, this straw brush gets the job done. The brush is thin enough to pass through the entire length of straw and remove all traces of food and debris. Along with the straw brush I use denture cleaning tablets to thoroughly clean my straws. Fortunately, I have not had any stomach illnesses since using this straw brush and the denture tablet cleaning method. Before I go to bed, I lay my reusable straws in a rectangular glass baking pan that is long enough to accommodate the length of the straws and deep enough to submerge them in about three inches of hot water. I add two denture cleaning tablets to the water and push each straw down into the cleaning solution so the water gets inside each one. Placing a wet dishcloth on top of the straws helps to keep them weighted down and filled with water. The straws soak in this solution overnight. In the morning, I take a straw out of the cleaning solution and insert the Water Bottle Straw Brush down the center to scrub the cleaner on the inside to remove any residue. Each straw is cleaned this way and rinsed, inside and outside the straw, under the faucet with hot water. Viola, the straws are totally clean and ready to use without residue or aftertaste.

Cleaning with the Water Bottle Straw Brush and denture tablets provides me with a sense of independence because I can drink without assistance, whenever I want and my straws are always clean and germ-free. Such a simple cleaning process provides me with an important aspect of daily hydration, nutrition, positive self-esteem, and independent living.

* BPA or bisphenol A is a chemical used to manufacture plastics and related materials. Research has shown that using plastic cups, bottles, plates, straws, and other utensils containing BPA can cause health problems; such as: cancer, high blood pressure, and developmental delays as well as illnesses in fetuses and young children. It is recommended that products containing BPA be avoided. BPA-free glasses, bottles, cups, plates, straws, utensils, and food containers should be used.

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