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Update to our Previous Videos about Cleaning Hydro Flask Flex Straw and Original Straw Lids
There’s something you should be aware of before you buy a Hydro Flask straw lid, and it’s related to how you clean it. Back in February and March, we made two videos (links in the pictures below) showing how you can remove the spout from both of Hydro Flask’s straw lids, and this video reviews an important consideration that we’ve learned from comments received in those previous posts.
Our Video Review
Our YouTube video covers the same information in this post, so click the link if you'd rather see the video. Otherwise, keep reading the full post below!
Some Backstory - Removing the Flex Straw Spout
There are quite a few videos out there about the original straw lid that show how to remove the spout, and in many of those videos, you can see a horrible amount of mold and residue built up because most people don’t clean under the spout regularly. We didn’t see any videos yet about how to remove spout from the newer Flex Straw lid, and we thought it would be important to know how to do it to make sure those lids can be deep cleaned too. The problem we ran into at first is that we found it much more difficult to remove the spout from the Flex Straw lid. We couldn’t figure it out initially, and we were afraid of breaking our lid.
We reached out to Hydro Flask to make sure it was intended to be popped off like with the original lid.
After reading Hydro Flask’s response, we tried harder to pop off the spout, including pushing it at different angles compared to the original straw lid. Eventually we got the spout off, and we noticed why we had such a hard time. The way the spout attaches to the lid, including how the grooves and the pivot points line up, is different compared to the original straw lid.
In order to pop off the spout, it helps to push against it at a different angle (45 degrees from closed) which isn’t very intuitive at first. Once we realized this difference, we made two videos to help share what we had learned with other Hydro Flask users so they can get a truly deep clean with their straw lids.
Comments Received - Issues with the Spouts Wearing Out
Over the couple of months since we posted those videos, several users left comments saying that popping the spout off wore down the plastic connections, and that caused their spouts to be looser than they were originally.
After reading these comments, we wanted to post a followup video to our one about cleaning Hydro Flask straws lids and give our thoughts.
What this Means, and What You Should Know about Cleaning your Straw Lid
First of all, we want to acknowledge that it is possible to have the plastic wear out where the spout connects to the lid. The way the spout attaches with either lid means that the small bumps that act as pivot points for the spout have the potential to flatten out some when the spout is detached then reattached. This can then cause the spout to have a looser fit.
But even when considering the potential wear-and-tear, we still think it’s a good idea to pop off the spout with either straw lid to get a truly deep clean. There can be a lot of mold buildup under the spout if you don’t stay on top of it. But the main point we want to drive home is that this type of deep cleaning comes with some risk of additional wear-and-tear.
In some ways you might mean that you need to think of your straw lid as an accessory that needs to be replaced periodically, which is unfortunate because it costs extra money and is inconvenient. But we’re not really sure of another way to give these lids a deep clean since there are always spaces under the spout that aren’t possible to reach unless you take the spout off.
So What Can You Do?
There are a few things that can help.
#1: Get a Flex Straw instead of the Original Straw
So if you’re trying to decide between the two straw lid options and deep cleaning everywhere including under the spout is a priority for you, go with the Flex Straw.
#2: Use Cleaning Tablets
#3: Use a Different Lid
One other obvious solution is to avoid the straw lids altogether. Hydro Flask has several other good lid options, and there are 3rd party ones as well. See our previous posts where we compare Hydro Flask's lid options!
So in summary, we acknowledge that popping off the spout with either Hydro Flask straw lid can lead to the spout fitting more loosely, but we still highly recommend doing it every once and awhile to fully clean your lid and prevent mold buildup. Just pop off the spout once every few months or whatever you’re comfortable with based on how often you use your straw lid, but not every time you clean your lid. This will help extend the life of your lid and prevent the plastic connections between the spout and the lid from wearing out prematurely.
And that’s it! Hopefully this information helps you decide what cleaning schedule you’re comfortable with and which lid you want. If you find a better way to deep clean your straw lids, please let us know in the comments below so we can share it with other users. Keep BottlePro in mind for accessories for your large bottles, and happy hydrating!
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