The biggest headache of reusable straws is finally solved, and you won't have to see any gunk build up inside.

By Andrea Beck
May 01, 2019

We love the benefits of reusable straws for the environment, but we don’t always love cleaning them. Anyone who’s used a reusable straw for a while can relate to how tricky it can be to get them completely clean, and how gross they can get on the inside (like reusable water bottles). If you haven’t quite mastered the art of maneuvering the tiny cleaning brush all the way through your straw, there’s a new solution that will let you clean every single spot inside of your straw, thanks to a recent Kickstarter campaign.

Image courtesy of Rain.

The creators of the Rain Straw definitely had easy cleaning in mind when they designed it. Rather than making it one piece, Rain Straws are all made with two separate pieces that slide apart, allowing you to reach every part of the inside of the straw, either with soap and water, a paper towel, or a cleaning brush. When you’re done cleaning, just slide it back together again, and it’s ready to use. And as an added bonus, the two pieces of the Rain Straw are dishwasher safe, meaning you don’t even have to wash it yourself. Instead, you can just slide it apart and let your dishwasher do the rest.

Even though it slides apart into two pieces, you don’t have to worry about it falling apart while you’re drinking. The Rain Straw uses an airlock design to hold the two pieces together, so you shouldn’t notice any difference from a regular straw while you’re using it. It’s designed to be 10.5 inches long and 8.5 millimeters wide, so it should also fit just about any drinking cup a regular straw would (only it's much better for the environment than disposable plastic). Regular plastic drinking straws are usually around 10 inches long and 7 millimeters wide, so the Rain Straw is just slightly larger.

Image courtesy of Rain.

The Rain Straw got its start on Kickstarter, and it’s already proven to be a hit. Though the campaign started with a $12,000 goal, the Rain Straw raised almost $260,000 during its fundraising period, with more than 8,000 people donating to bring it to life. It looks like the straws are going to be shipped out to Kickstarter supporters in July 2019, and will hopefully be available to everyone soon after that. Right now, you can sign up on Rain’s website to be notified when pre-orders open, and it looks like you’ll be able to save 30 percent by pre-ordering. The prices aren’t listed on-site yet, but you should be able to order your straws in packs (of five, 10, or 15) so you can share them with your whole family.

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