As we all make more environmentally friendly choices in our day-to-day lives by choosing reusable items, you may be wondering what the best way to clean these items are. As always, we've got you! Read below for tips on cleaning, removing stains and preventing odor.
They are save to pop into your dishwasher! You can also just wash it with warm water and dish detergent. To remove odours, fill the bag with warm water and a teaspoon of vinegar then let it sit for 20 minutes. To remove stains, you can use vinegar or baking soda!
Plastic Lunch/Bento Boxes
Wash with dish detergent, warm water and use a coarse sponge or dish brush. If you prefer to use a dishwasher, make sure to place it on the top rack to prevent the plastic from melting or warping. Since plastic is porous, it can retain odors and get stained easily. Vinegar or lemon is a great way to reduce odors. To get rid of stains, baking powder is the way to go. To prevent stains from occurring, try adding a little bit of oil in the container before adding your food to create a light barrier.
Metal Food Containers and Water Bottles
Avoiding using sponges as any funky smells from the sponge will transfer to the metal containers and bottles. Instead, a sufficient way is to fill it with hot, soapy water and give it a good shake and rinse. Ensure to let the containers and bottles fully dry before sealing to prevent any mildewy odors.
Glass Food Containers and Water Bottles
Wash these as you would your glassware - with warm water and dish detergent or in the dishwasher.
Reusable Straws (Metal or Silicone)
Always rinse the inside of the straw as soon as you’re done using it to avoid any buildup from hardening. Seal the bottom end with your finger and place the top end of the straw beneath a warm to hot running faucet. Hold for a few seconds then let the water run through the bottom and repeat a few times. Next, squeeze dish detergent into the inside of the straw. Most reusable straws come with a straw brush, but if you don't have one you can use a pipe cleaner or even a piece of dental floss or string to work the soap into the inside of the straw.
Beeswax Food Wraps
Use cold water! Hot water will cause the wax to melt and greatly decrease the longevity of the item. Depending on what food you have wrapped, you can simply wipe the beeswax wrap down with a damp cloth, or you can use a mild dish detergent and rinse with cold water