Mildew-smelling hip flask - can it be salvaged?
January 16, 2009 7:07 AM Subscribe
The hip flask I haven't used in a year smelled like mildew when I opened it. I last used it to hold a cream-based liqueur. Is it safe to use? How can I clean it properly?
posted by cadge to Home & Garden (23 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I have a small hip flask that I rarely use. I last used it about a year ago to hold a creamy liqueur (Bailey's).
I thought I'd cleaned it out fully and put it away properly, but apparently I didn't. I unscrewed the cap today and there's a mildew smell inside it.
Is this safe to use? I could try vinegar to get rid of just the smell, but I don't know if it's safe to even use it, period.
And how can I clean it properly next time? The only opening is this tiny centimeters-wide hole in the top - I can't see inside it to check if it's empty/not coated in mold. It's smaller than standard hip flasks - 4.5 or 5" tall. Maybe I should avoid putting in creamy liquids.