The “Bombilla” or straw is perhaps the most sensitive part, because it is shared with others. It is advisable to clean it after each use, but once a month you should do a deep clean: the straw is immersed in boiling water for about 30 minutes and afterwards it is scrubbed with a brush.
The Importance Of Properly
CLEANING THE MATE
The mate ritual includes sharing the beverage with a group of friends or even strangers, but this can be risky in winter, when flu and viruses are abundant. If the mate has not been cleaned properly, harmful agents such as fungi and bacteria are likely to proliferate. Besides, it is difficult to feel the real taste of a good mate if the conditions are not good; so it is better to take some time to cure it and wash it at the right time.