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Looking for a washable container for eating cutlery and/or straw

Discussion in 'Other Carrying Devices' started by Fusilier, Apr 19, 2018.

  1. Fusilier

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    I keep a couple of aluminium drinking straws and a couple of sets metal knife/fork/spoon (KFS) in my car for fast food use. Currently I just keep them in plastic bags but that means when I use them I put the dirty utensils back in the bag and throw the bags out when I get home and wash the tools.

    What I’d like to find is a suitable container(s) made of plastic or metal than can store them until needed, and then when dirty, and then just be washed at home, and put back into the car. Something like a really big/long pop bottle pre-form for example.

    I can make a suitable pouch out of leather or fabric but the result wouldn’t be very good for cleaning after storing the dirty tools.

    Any suggestions out there?


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  2. Westerdutch

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    Check out any camping shop. They sell loads of cutlery containers. I have a couple but mine all came as complete sets with cutlery included and they will be a tight fit for other shaped items.

    Also you could go to the supermarket and go packaging shopping, check out all isles for shapes and materials not for the actual product inside... It's a really interesting thing to look at the stuff there in such a different way, you'd be surprised what you will be able to find.
     
  3. Moshe ben David

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    Not sure if you have branches of The Container Store up your way... they sometimes have interesting things.

    Depending on the size and shape of utensils, how about those two piece plastic tubes intended for packing toothbrushes for travel?

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  4. Tallboyjim

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    If you can live with plastic, sistema do a box with plastic knife fork spoon etc that clip into a box. Found mine quite useful.
     
  5. JOE68

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    Plastic welding rod case and Ziploc bags is my outside the box thought.
    Dirty ones you put into bags until you get home thereby keeping the rest clean.
    Princess Auto usually has them on sale.
     
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    My other thought would be a wide mouth water bottle.
     
  7. Fusilier

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    On the right track. I'm trying to get away from using a disposable ziploc bag though as the intent is to try to reduce unnecessary waste.
     
  8. Fusilier

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    I thought about that but a water bottle would be a bit too big/bulky for where I want to store it in the car.
     
  9. Fusilier

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    Something like this might work for cutlery:

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    The straws will be challenging as they are 10.5" (26 cm) long.
     
  11. Gary Weinheimer

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    If you know anybody with a 3D printer you could actually design and build something that would work. You might also check for local makers spaces, they often have 3D printers that they can teach you to use.

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  12. Westerdutch

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    FDM printers are not suitable for printing anything hygienic unless you take incredible care with post-work. So getting this to a point where you can actually create something that's (hand)cleanable without possibly becoming a breeding ground for bacteria would take way too much work and would thus be very expensive and not worth it with plenty ready-made alternatives available..
     
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  13. JOE68

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    I wonder if Michaels has a box for holding knitting needles?
    That might be an option.
    Or maybe CT has something in the fishing department? I'm thinking a Plano case that's long and thin.
    Maybe keep the clean ones in a hard use vinyl bag, and the dirty ones can ride in the main container.
    That way just the main container with the dirty ones would need cleaning
     
  14. Fusilier

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    I'll keep an eye open for some hard shell plastic containers but in the mean time I've just ordered some food safe fabric from a retailer in the US. The fabric is called ProCare and every web site that talks about it states it is "Made in Canada" but I'll be damned if I can find any information on an actual Canadian manufacturer, distributor or vendor.

    One of the fabrics I ordered is washable and the other can be 'wiped clean'. Once it gets here I'll whip up a couple of pouches on my trusty old Singer. I probably won't even bother with a zipper, just a fold over flap or if I want to put the opening at the end, a draw string.

    I'll post up results when I get there.
     
  15. neo71665

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    I keep mine in a plastic pencil case. Pick them up for under a buck.

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  16. Sharaz_Jek

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    I use these tupperware type containers that have an o-ring seal. They come in handy for all sorts of things.

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    just got in a 6 piece titanium set, looking into this also.
     
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    I saw a very small tackle box at the Dollar Store.
    May be too bulky, but around the same size as a one litre water bottle.
    Had a little tray inside it, and on the top there were spots to put wet naps, condiments etc.
     
  19. JOE68

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    I saw a hard plastic container meant for holding wraps at the Paderno store in Halifax.
    It's roundish and might have the length for the straws and cutlery.
     
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    Rose Plastics make the plastic containers for drills and what not, but not sure where would buy small quantities. Could see if they send samples.

    Magpul DAKA suppressor pouch (the large looks like it'd fit straws)
    https://www.magpul.com/products/magpul-daka-suppressor-storage-pouch-large

    Magpul pouch maybe bit difficult to clean, could look at the reusable silicone sandwich/snack bags.
     
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