How To Clean
It is recommend that you clean the ZippyCap, ZippyStraw, the case and let all parts completely air dry after each use. We have a cleaning kit (sold separately) that includes a nylon straw brush, a flexible rubber tip straw squeegee, and another brush designed to get inside the ZippyCap and case- held in a convenient linen carrying bag.
We also made it possible to remove the top twisting germshield if you want to get an "under the hood" deeper clean. Putting it back together is also a snap!
Hand washing is recommended for a better clean. We don't recommend cleaning in the dishwasher as it will not get inside the cap or straw.
Clean On The Go:
- While on the go simply pull the straw from the cap.
- Rinse out the straw and cap thoroughly under warm water.
- Shake straw and cap dry. If you purchased our cleaning kit use the squeegee with the rubber tip to pull out excess water from inside the straw.
- Reinsert the straw into the cap using a TWISTING motion: Guide the tip of the straw up through the BOTTOM of the cap stopper and out the straw hole. Push the straw up until the first or second ridges are inside the cap stopper.
Clean Deeper At Home:
We recommend a deeper cleaning at home after use (especially with sugary drinks). We recommend using our cleaning kit to do this (sold separately).
1. Remove straw by pulling it out from the bottom of the cap. Do not try to pull it out from the top or you may rip the straw.
2. Soak all parts in warm soapy water, and use the wider cap cleaning brush to get inside the cap the case. Push the brush through the hole on the bottom and on the top of the cap where the straw would go in. It will also fit nicely inside the case to scrub it out.
4. Use the thinner straw brush to clean inside the straw, using warm soapy water and enter the straw from both ends.
5. Let all parts air dry and then reassemble: Feed straw back in from the bottom (use a twisting motion to feed it out the top of cap).
For an Ultra DEEP clean you can actually remove the ZippyCap twisting germ shield and expose the surface under the shield to ensure it is ultra clean and germ free.
To remove and clean underneath the germ shield:
1. Twist the germ shield counter clockwise while the straw is popped up. The straw will be blocking the shield from turning.
2. You will need to use force to continue turning counter-clockwise and force the shield past the straw. The straw will act as a lever to push the germ shield off when you turn it far enough.
3. Now pull the straw out of the cap from the bottom.
4. You now have the case, cap, germ shield, and straw all separated for easier and deeper cleaning.
Let all parts completely dry before reassembly.
To put the germ shield back simply push it back onto ZippyCap- until you hear a satisfying snap!
You can sanitize all parts and the straw in boiling water if you like. Bring water to a boil in a small pot. Hold ZippyCap with tongs in the water for 1 minute. Use tongs to keep if from touching the bottom the pot, and slowly turn the cap upside down and around while in the pot to get water in all areas of the cap. Remove and rinse with cool water before touching. Let it drip/air dry.
To deodorize, you can soak in a vinegar and baking soda solution too.
If you prefer to replace the straws with new colors or if you have just over used it over time we sell a 3-Pack of all our straw colors separately here.