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Cleaning Swizzle Sticks
TheParkCollector
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Joined: Sep 06, 2014
Posts: 53
From: Orlando, FL
Posted: 2015-08-02 4:38 pm   Permalink

I recently acquired some white swizzle sticks that are no longer white or stained. Anyway to bring them back to their original color?

 
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nui 'umi 'umi
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Joined: Feb 21, 2011
Posts: 2458
From: La Mirada Atoll
Posted: 2015-08-03 12:08 am   Permalink

TPC,
My coolers get pretty funky. I clean em with dish soap and water and because my wife says they still look grubby she sprays em ( the white parts and insides)with a product called “Cleanup” After a few seconds I rinse them with water and the cooler looks like new. Cleanup is a Clorex product so I would test it on just one stick first especially if there are any colors/graphics on the swizzles’
Keep us posted.
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Joined: Jul 19, 2009
Posts: 7048
From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2015-08-03 12:13 am   Permalink

If that doesn't work, try some hydrochloric acid.....

 
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tikilongbeach
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Joined: Aug 05, 2011
Posts: 1615
From: Long Beach, CA via Dallas, TX
Posted: 2015-08-20 08:39 am   Permalink

I soak my vintage swizzles in hot water and Dawn Platinum dish soap. If they are still gunky I wipe them with a sponge and use a toothpick to clean out the crevices.
After all of that I still don't use them, I just display them.
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Kedex
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Joined: May 24, 2015
Posts: 28
From: New Orleans, LA
Posted: 2015-08-20 08:51 am   Permalink

Have you tried soaking them in hydrogen peroxide? I've had limited success doing this with white plastic items that have turned yellow. I believe it has to do with the different kinds of plastic.
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TheParkCollector
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Joined: Sep 06, 2014
Posts: 53
From: Orlando, FL
Posted: 2015-08-20 3:13 pm   Permalink

I honestly haven't tried anything yet.

 
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gabbahey
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Joined: Jan 10, 2011
Posts: 257
From: Denver, CO
Posted: 2015-08-20 6:08 pm   Permalink

I'd bet a Mr. Clean magic eraser would do the trick. I haven't used them on swizzles but I've cleaned up some very discolored plastic with them. A friend bleaches Star Wars toys back to white but I'm not sure what he uses. Good luck.

 
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okoolihau
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Joined: Aug 17, 2015
Posts: 8
From: Philadelphia
Posted: 2015-08-20 6:29 pm   Permalink

For a safer route, try scrubbing with a paste made of baking soda and water, the dunk in white vinegar. It cleans AND fizzes!

 
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