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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 5:29 am 
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I've bought 4 shakers now, I'm not the kind of person who bleeches surfaces after every use etc - I'll pick up something "on the bounce" and eat it :) - but my shakers irritate me enough to finally ask you guys - how do you stop them making you wince after as little as a month of use?

Initially I'd put hot water and washing up liquid in and shake them - and get the wrong/other end of a needle for the seal at the top - or leave it to soak in very hot water overnight - it worked initially but now I still recoil in horror (ok slight exag.. :) ) when I take it out of my bag to use it.

I don't have a dish washer but wondering if its worth taking the four to a friends house (yea its getting that irritating :) ). I even considered asking the canteen at work to put it in the industrial steam cleaner but thought with it being plastic...

Any tips? with them being plastic I wasn't sure about bleech?

p.s. I've not just soaked/shaken it - I've also scrubbed it with all sorts (nothing too abrassive, don't want to create a scored surface for it to fester in)

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As long as I rinse mine out with boiling hot water after use it's alright. It might depend on the make though because I remember my old ones having a horrible smell but with my current one I rarely even use washing up liquid, I just rinse it out because I use it a lot.


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I simply use mine, rinse/wash it out, fill with appropriate amount of water and place it back in the Fridge.

Obviously, I mix with Water and not Milk or any other Juice/drink, which may help. The Other Key factor is likely being stored Cold.

My Powder mixes better with less Foam in COLD water, and is easier for me to drink/guzzle. That is the main reason for storing in the refrigerator.

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Try baking soda. Maybe a moderately strong solution to soak in overnight.


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I just take use hot soapy water with a bottle brush and give them a good scrubbing as soon after use as is convenient (I often take it with my to work, and can't clean it immediately). That seems to work for me, but occasionally you just might want to haul it over to your friends house and run it through the dishwasher.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:56 am 
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How is running them through the dishwasher going to help. From my experience, hand washing is far superior to using a dishwasher.

Disclaimer: We have a fairly new dishwasher and use it for the majority of the cleaning. BUT, some items we still have to Hand Wash to get clean.

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I thought a dishwasher gets hotter than your typical water heater water.


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Well, dishwashers do get much hotter than typical tap water out of the water heater, and also, the chemicals they have in most dishwasher soaps are much stronger as well.
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OK.. Extra heat and different chemicals.

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I get around this by just eating the protein powder without water, when I'm too lazy to prepare a real meal.


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taifun wrote:
I get around this by just eating the protein powder without water, when I'm too lazy to prepare a real meal.


lol like in, Mchale's Navy!


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Try filling it up with white vinegar. Vinegar is a cure all for most smells. Just fill it up and leave overnight then wash normally.


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hoosegow wrote:
Try filling it up with white vinegar. Vinegar is a cure all for most smells. Just fill it up and leave overnight then wash normally.
Hm... I wonder if it would help me.


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leave it to soak overnight in MILTON - baby bottle steralizing formula. works every time!


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Grifftan wrote:
leave it to soak overnight in MILTON - baby bottle steralizing formula. works every time!


oo good plan :) if it passes the tests required to say "your baby's bottle wont have living stuff in" it should work


Cheer guys - and yea that was my logic with a dish washer that it was essentially a wet sterile oven :) I think they are better these days and used to get a bad rap.


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