How to take care of a bombilla?
Bombilla is one of the gadgets necessary to enjoy drinking yerba mate. Its unusual structure means that cleaning can be problematic. However, there is nothing to worry about! In this article, we will explain how to clean your bombilla to make it last for a long time. Let’s start!
Everyday must-have: a cleaner and a cleaning brush
Daily cleaning is a key to every bombilla’s durability. Our clients most often choose bombillas made of stainless steel or nickel silver also known as alpacca. That is why we will focus on this type of straws. The main problem when it comes to cleaning is the residue that builds up inside the bombilla and the fact that this accessory is frequently exposed to liquids. If the residue is not being removed on the regular basis, little holes in the bombilla may easily clog, what makes it impossible to comfortably drink yerba mate tea. Rinsing with water is not a good way to clean the straw decently. Basic accessories that will help you do that are a bombilla cleaner and a cleaning brush. It’s a stiff filament covered with soft material that allows you to gently wipe the inside of the straw. Cleaning brush, on the other hand, is a brush equipped with tough bristle which precisely cleans the straw. How to clean a bombilla? Put the cleaner or the cleaning brush in it and swivel for a couple of times. Don’t forget to rinse the straw and the cleaner afterwards!
Thorough cleaning of the bombilla
Cleaning the bombilla with the cleaner or cleaning brush should become the daily habit of us all. Bombillas for mate with removable parts are the easiest ones to clean. Anyway, from time to time each straw needs a thorough cleaning. As you see, it is worth learning at least one way to do it right. The best technique is to prepare a solution of water, baking soda and citric acid. It is important to pour it into a saucepan which diameter is enough to put the whole bombilla in the water. If some parts are removable and it is possible to take the straw apart, do it before you dip it in the mixture — it will accelerate the proccess. How to prepare the solution? Mix one litre of water with two teaspoons of baking soda and one teaspoon of citric acid. Stir and put the bombilla into the saucepan for about 15 minutes. If the residue won’t come off itself, after taking the straw out of water, you can use the cleaner, cleaning brush or paper towel. Then, rinse your bombilla with water. If you can still smell baking soda, put the straw in boiling water for a few minutes. The mystery of cleaning the bombilla is solved! If you want to take care of your straw, below you can find all the neccessary products. Enjoy!