Monday, November 2, 2009

GIVEAWAY: Sippy Straw Cleaner

{This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to those who entered!}

Here's the thing about motherhood. There are million things out there that claim to make things easier for you and some of them actually work. I mean, how did mothers manage before there were strollers? Did they just carry their baby everywhere? How about high chairs? Did they just have someone else sit and hold their baby during feeding time? And sippy cups. Were there just TONS of spills before someone came up with the idea of having a covered top?

Along with inventions though, there then have to be products to improve them that, after using them once, you realize you can't live without. With your stroller you can now get fancy off-roading wheels or cup holders. For the high chair, there are special attachments to hold bibs and toys that suction right to the tray (in attempts to keep Little Sister B from throwing EVERYTHING on the ground). What about for those sippy cups though? Are they destined to just get dirty and thrown out every time some milk gets dried in the straw?
Jennifer Reyes is the kind of inventive mom that I have aspirations to be. I think we've all tried sticking paper towels or toothpicks into our child's straw in an attempt to get the dried gunk out of there but, when that was unsuccessful, we moved on.

Jennifer, on the other hand, went to work designing, developing, patenting and now selling a one-of-a-kind straw brush cleaner that universally fits all major sippy cup brands. More than that, the Sippy Straw Cleaner also works on straws, whether standard drinking straws, thermos straws, accordion straws or sports bottle straws. Being a mom, Jennifer also wanted to make sure her product was safe. Therefore, the Sippy Straw Cleaner is made from a stainless steel rust-free wire rod and a BPA-free polypropylene handle with nylon bristles composing the brush.

No, really. Eeeeew. That straw is always so gross.

Big Sister E has always been a huge fan of straw sippy cups, she took to them easily as a baby and has been loving them ever since. They are definitely convenient for us in terms of preventing mess and portability, but the straw parts (all 3 of them) of her favorites are just... ick. No matter how much I try to get my pinkie in there or run the water through, they're always too small to get clean. I was definitely interested to see if the Sippy Straw Cleaner would work.

Setting my husband up with a sink full of dirty sippy cups, I handed him the Straw Cleaner.
Gone are the days of crunching my paper towels because the Sippy Straw Cleaner slid right into each and every one of our sippy cup pieces and scrubbed the goo right off. I even had my husband use the Straw Cleaner on small openings and cracks that normally are just grazed over with our usual brush.

While the cup cleaning was going on, I proceeded to use the other Sippy Straw Cleaner (2 are included in every package!) to work out some of the dirt on the keyboard of my computer. Ideas of other places one of these cleaners could be used are endless: jewelry, small grout, that annoying place on my bathroom faucet under the handle...

I returned to the kitchen to find Big Sister E's sippy cups freshly cleaned. Not wanting to stop there (and taking advantage of my husband with his hands in the soap) I pulled out other straws that we had lying around, either from other sippies or just traditional straws. Even though these were much thinner than the straws that go with Big Sister E's favorite cups, the Sippy Straw Cleaner was just the right size to smoothly scrub them clean.
Just as you would never consider taking your child for a long walk without putting them in a stroller or feeding your baby without putting them in a high chair, motherhood has now become a little easier with the Sippy Straw Cleaner. And, unlike most of the overpriced products on the market these days, motherhood has become easier for only $3.98 ($3.98! There are 2 in the package!) and can be ordered directly off of the Sippy Straw Cleaner website. Fortunately for one lucky person, they will be able to find out for themselves...

One person will win their own Sippy Straw Cleaner! A necessity for any mom or mom-to-be! Endorsed on Twitter by celebrity mom Tori Spelling!


To enter to win your Sippy Straw Cleaner: Visit Sippy Straw Cleaner and tell me something you learned there that you found interesting. How will this help you or someone you know? Please do me the favor of leaving an email address or making absolutely sure it is visible in your profile. I have to have a way to contact the winner.


Extra Entries (available after the mandatory entry above is completed; please leave a separate comment for each entry in order for them to be counted. For example, if you subscribe, leave one comment saying "I subscribe #1" and a separate comment saying "I subscribe #2")

1 Extra Entry if you follow Sippy Straw Cleaner on Twitter.
1 Extra Entry (per giveaway entered) - Enter any (or all) of the giveaways running on Thanks, Mail Carrier for the duration of this giveaway. See the list on the top of my right sidebar - there are some really great ones going on right now and coming up!
1 Extra Entry if you follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway by copying and pasting the tweet below and leaving me the link. Tweet daily for an extra entry every day!

Sippy Straw Cleaner #giveaway @thxmailcarrier from @sippystrawclean! End the mess & Save the Sippies & money! http://bit.ly/ioKbj #Win!

2 Extra Entries per follow method (leave 2 separate comments for each type) if you follow me with Google Friend Connect (see sidebar), subscribe to my RSS feed or subscribe to Thanks, Mail Carrier by email.
3 Extra Entries (leave 3 separate comments PER BUTTON) if you put my cute button AND/OR one of the Sippy Straw Cleaner banners/buttons up on your blog. Please leave an address where they can be found.
3 Extra Entries (leave 3 separate comments) if you blog about this giveaway linking back to Thanks, Mail Carrier and Sippy Straw Cleaner. Please leave an address where it can be found.
5 Extra Entries (leave 5 separate comments) if you order a Sippy Straw Cleaner now! They'll be here in time for the Holidays and will make great stocking stuffers for all the moms you know!

Giveaway will end on November 17th at 11:59pm CST. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed. The winner will have 48 hours to contact me or respond to notification or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway open to US residents only.

A HUGE thank you to Jennifer Reyes for providing me with a Sippy Straw Cleaner for review as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. You took a problem and, when there wasn't an answer, created a solution and now Moms and Dads everywhere have one less frustration to worry about. The opinions shared are my own and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

134 comments:

JoAnna said...

I stopped by the site...This is amazing..my kids are grown but im fixin tohave a grandbaby and i could so use one of these...Amazing someone came up w/this! Thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

Oh my, could I have used this gadget when I was raising my 4 kids and keeping my sisters 3! Lots of sippy cups or straw cups to clean and toothpicks take a lot of time to clean with! I have a new grandnephew on the way who's mom could use this!

frogz60@hotmail.com

Chacoy said...

I learned that her product hasn't been around long, since mid June 2009. I would love this for the "few" sippy cups that my son still uses:)

Chacoy said...

I follow:)

wigget said...

i learned the plastic polypropylene handle was added to make it easier for holding and scrubbing. this will help us clean the straws we currently have to help them last longer

wigget said...

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entered bumbo giveaway

Janie B said...

Ingenious! My daughter could use that for her son's cups. I learned that they are BPA free. Great!

Ryan, Corrie, Max, and Jack said...

I learned and found it interesting that you can use this on all major sippy cups and other straws and such!

This would help me (and all mothers of young children!) to clean those stupid straws! I have some cups like the one you pictured, and yeah, it's a pain to clean!!!!

mrandmrsryankolbe @ gmail.com

Ryan, Corrie, Max, and Jack said...

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Ryan, Corrie, Max, and Jack said...

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sweepmom said...

I learned that the straw brush is BPA FREE. I could really use this for the water bottle I use when I go to the gym.

Heather @ Girl Gone Mom said...

I went over to the website and discovered that this product is BPA free. I wouldn't have evn thought it needed to be, but that's reassuring!

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Katrina said...

I learned that it is a new product but a necessary one! I have a daughter who is 1 and she will only use a sippy with a straw. I need this.

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Ryan, Corrie, Max, and Jack said...

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Ryan, Corrie, Max, and Jack said...

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Kim said...

I learned that the straw brush cleaner will universally fit ALL major sippy cup straws

and we SOOO need this in our family!

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Desi @ Wee Share said...

I SO need these for my daughter's cups!! I learned the brush is made of nylon

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yyeres said...

I learned that when submitting a question, they usually have a response time of less than 24 hours. now thats good customer service! yyeres(at)gmail(dot)com

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Ryan, Corrie, Max, and Jack said...

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Anonymous said...

it also cleans sports bottles, which will help me keep mine clean! fulfam@hotmail.com

Al Henneberry said...

it is BPA free

Ryan, Corrie, Max, and Jack said...

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Tammy said...

These would be perfect for my tea pitchers on the handle it is impossiable to clean,these might actually work

Stephanie said...

It was well tested--BPA free and FDA approved. Even the most cautious mommy could use without fear of harmful chemicals!

Marie said...

I learned that its BPA free and it will fit in all major cups. I would love to have this so I can stop throwing away sippy cups.

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Unknown said...

Great that it's BPA free too - what a great idea, I could have used one when my kids were little, and I know my daughter can use it with my grandkids

Unknown said...

following sippy straw cleaner on twitter - saphyress

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mscoffee77 said...

I learned that it can be used with any straw from any straw sippy cup.

I sure could use this too!:)

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Anonymous said...

I love that it comes with an extra cleaner for other random small things like keyboards or jewelry. That would be great for our house!

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Anonymous said...

Following on Twitter!

Heather @ Girl Gone Mom said...

entered snugfit

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My 11/10/09 entry :)

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Kristy said...

I need this! I like that it's bpa free!

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RebeccaD said...

A great idea and BPA free!

Jennifer T. said...

I could SO use one of these. I browsed the site and found that Tori Spelling tweeted about the product.

Jennifer T. said...

I entered the Boogie Wipes giveaway.

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Ashley said...

It's BPA Free and is a universal size.

Melanie Montgomery said...

I like that it comes with 2 brushes for such a great price.


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Heather @ Girl Gone Mom said...

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Molly K said...

I learned that The brush has a nylon bristle tip with a rust free stainless steel wire handle.

Molly K said...

I follow on twitter and tweeted.

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Molly K said...

I subscribe via email #1

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susan said...

I learned "The brush has a nylon bristle tip with a rust free stainless steel wire handle." This sounds perfect for our home as we have numerous sippy cups!

susan said...

I follow Sippy Straw Cleaner on Twitter.

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I entered your Snugfits Tee/Onesie & Pants or BabyLegs giveaway.

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Betty C said...

I learned you can use this to clean those impossible accordian straws and it is BPA free.

Betty C said...

I follow Sippy Straw Cleaner on Twitter as willitara.

Betty C said...

I follow you on Twitter and tweeted
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sweetpea18 said...

the straw cleaner is BPA free. this looks like a great product.. there is no other good way to get those straws clean! heatheranya at hotmail dot com

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Unknown said...

I absolutely love this.. I have thrown away so many sippys because I couldn't get them clean!!! I learned that The brush has a nylon bristle tip with a rust free stainless steel wire handle

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Karen said...

My 11/17/09 entry :)

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lace said...

There are 2 brushes. One for sippy cups and the other for any other small items that need cleaning.

cman said...

BPA free.. I have a lot of cleaning to get started on :)

cman said...

BPA free.. I have a lot of cleaning to get started on :)