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19/03/20 Mate tips

Coronavirus: how to clean your gourd, thermos flask and bombilla

Today we are going to tell you how to sanitise the utensils that are part of your mate kit correctly (gourd, bombilla and thermos flask).

Remember that during pandemic times, mate should be drunk individually and, if possible, from home.

WHO Food Handling Manual defines the following norms for an appropriate washing of utensils to achieve asepsia:

  • Scrap solid residues
  • Wash the utensils with water and detergent
  • Rinse with drinking water ( never reuse water!)
  • Disinfect the utensils by submerging them in hot water ( 80ºC) for a minute. You can also submerge them in hypochlorite/bleach ( 1 tablespoon-15cm3 per 5 litres of water) for 5 minutes.
  • Dry the utensils in the air. Do not use rags as they may be contaminated

The gourd, the bombilla and the thermos flask can be considered as utensils.

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Steps to follow in order to wash equipment and facilities correctly:

WHO Food Handling Manual defines the following norms for an appropriate washing of utensils:

  • Scrap solid residues
  • Wash the utensils with water and detergent
  • Rinse with drinking water (never reuse water!)
  • Disinfect the utensils by submerging them in hot water ( 80ºC) for a minute. You can also submerge them in hypochlorite/bleach ( 1 tablespoon-15cm3 per 5 litres of water) for 5 minutes.
  • Dry the utensils in the air. Do not use rags as they may be contaminated.

 INYM’s recommendations for COVID-19 context

GOURD

  • Try to use metal or ceramic gourds. They should not be coated in porous materials so as to be easily washed
  • Wash the gourd immediately after use

The INYM recommends the following steps as regards cleaning the gourds

Scraping of solid residues, washing with detergent, rinsing, disinfection with bleach or hot water and air-drying of all the elements after each use is vital to prevent COVID-19 from spreading.
It is advisable to throw away the yerba mate and rinse the gourd after drinking. Drain it and let it dry upside down. It is a common mistake to leave the mate upside down. If we do so, we prevent it from drying properly and thus the formation of fungus is favoured.

To clean gourd or wood gourds

After drinking mate, if the mate is made of gourd or wood, it is necessary to wash it with hot water and rinse it with paper towels so that moisture is properly absorbed.

To clean glass, ceramic, silicone or metal mates?

It is easier to keep these mates clean because they are made of materials which do not absorb water moisture. Besides, they are not porous, as wood or gourd are, therefore, no foreign particles adhere to them.

If your “mate” is made of glass or ceramic, it is necessary to wait until it cools down to wash it with tap water so as to prevent it from breaking.

BOMBILLA

We recommend stainless steel bombillas with spring-loaded or disassembled filters; avoiding decorations, charms or carvings, which make cleaning difficult.

For a proper hygiene, the INYM recommends:

  • Wash the bombilla after each use
  • Once a month, carry out a thorough cleaning of the bombilla. Submerge it into boiling water for 20 minutes. Two spoonfuls of baking soda should be added.

Some lemon slices can be added for a deeper cleaning.

Vinegar: repeat the same process as with the baking soda, but using only vinegar. This will help to remove the accumulated tartar.

• Remove the bombillas and leave them on a clean cloth until they dry by themselves.
• Then, scrub them with a brush and remove the remains of yerba mate.
• In case there is still some sediment, there are bristle brushes available at hardware stores or bazaars.

Thermo flask

• Like mate, thermo flasks lined with porous materials are difficult to clean and disinfect, or may deteriorate during these processes.
• Cup brushes are very useful for removing solid residues from the inside.

According to the Ministry of Health, in order to clean surfaces in general, we must:

• Before applying any type of disinfectant, surfaces must be cleaned with water and detergent. The purpose of this cleaning is to mechanically remove the dirt.
• The suggested way to do it is always to perform a wet cleaning with a mop or cloth, instead of dry cleaning (brooms, brushes, etc.).The suggested way to do it is by using a wet mop or cloth.
• A simple procedure is the double bucket and double mop technique: prepare a solution of warm water and enough household detergent in a container to produce suds. Dip the cloth into the prepared solution, wring out and rub the surfaces to be cleaned, always from the cleanest to the dirtiest area. Repeat the previous step until it is visibly clean.
• Rinse with a second cloth dipped in a second container of water and detergent solution.

Once the surfaces have been cleaned, they have to be disinfected.

• This solution can be used to disinfect surfaces that are visibly clean or after cleaning.
• This solution produces rapid inactivation of viruses and other microorganisms.
• The process is simple and cheap as it requires common household items: water, container, mops or cloths, household sodium hypochlorite (bleach with a concentration of 55 g/litre):

Place 100 ml of household bleach in 10 litres of water.

• Dip the mop or cloth in the prepared solution, wring out and rub the surfaces to be disinfected
• Allow the surface to dry

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