To ensure long lifespan and keep the best of taste
Although washing your bombilla every time after use is obvious, there are some circumstance when you will need a bit more than just a sponge, detergent or even a dishwasher.
Bombillas get clogged up, due to the accumulation of yerba, sugar and other ingredients. With time, these ingredients build up and harden around the filter orifices of the bombilla. This gradual build up results in smaller orifices and eventually clogging.
This depends heavily on how often you use your bombilla. If the bombilla is used several times a day, then it should be cleansed once a week. Notice, however, that in this case, only steps 1 -3 will be required. Regularly cleansed bombillas, don’t need the same intensive care that a busted-up bombilla does. So, if you make a habit of keeping things clean, boiling your bombilla for 15 minutes every week should be more than enough to keep them shining.
Fill a medium-sized pan with tap water to a half. The dirtier is your bombillas the more water you may need. Add 3-5 spoons of baking soda and place your bombilla(s) at the bottom of the pan. Now fire up the stove and let the water boil for around 15-45 minutes. You might notice how the water becomes darker with time.
After the boiling process, carefully pour out the water and give you bombillas a rinse. Place them on a towel to dry. This takes care of the basic bombilla care, but you might want to follow the optional steps below.
Let your bombillas shine even more by using a bit more of baking soda and a flannel to scrub the outer parts. Concentrate a bit more around any curves and filter orifices of the bombilla. Rinse thoroughly and let try.
NB! Alpaca alloy, although as durable as stainless steel, is quite a soft material. Too much effort in scrubbing or use of rough cloth may leave scratches and damage the luster. Some bombillas have gold plated parts, which are even more sensitive to the above. Give them just a quick dry rag with a flannel.
Some bombillas can be taken apart – there may be a type of clip or clasp to release the end, or maybe a screw. However most bombillas cannot be taken apart as the entire item is either made from a single piece of material, or is all welded together.
If you would like to make sure that your bombilla is clean in the inside as well, then consider getting a thin and long brush (limpiabombilla). Use the brush to clean the “neck” of the bombilla, using either plain water or a mix of water and baking soda. After cleaning, let the water run from the filter to the mouthpiece until all the sediments are washed out.