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Aluminum drinking glasses

A nearby antique store had some colorful aluminum drinking tumblers... and we fell in LOVE with them! Because we have cats who have broken almost all of our glasses, multiple sets of glasses. (The cats know they can make a puddle for drinking if they find a glass on the table/counter and knock it off!)

Anyway.

Is it really safe to drink out of aluminum? Should we avoid acidic drinks like lemonade? Or is it ok, since we're not storing it.

Aren't aluminum tumblers beautiful? But safe... we don't know yet.


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mamiesgoo
Feb. 20th, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)
IDK if its safe, but we had the same ones as a kid!
stacyinthecity
Feb. 20th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)
me too :)
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voicesinherbody
Feb. 20th, 2009 03:20 am (UTC)
I dunno, soda cans are aluminum and have been for years. I wouldn't worry overmuch about it.
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chaos_in_action
Feb. 20th, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
I have no idea, but seeing those tumblers just made a TON of really wonderful memories of my great grandma's house in KS come back. :) Complete with the scent of their water in those cups. Man. I hope you get a good answer one way or the other about them here, because I'd love to get my hands on a set or two of these someday!
notadate
Feb. 20th, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
Oh, I love those! We used to have some like them, but my mom got rid of them because she thought the aluminum wasn't safe. :( I don't know if that's true or not, though, so I guess I'm not of much help.
write4jesus
Feb. 20th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
I think I would prefer plastic myself :)
kikikimi
Feb. 20th, 2009 03:27 am (UTC)
I'd think they are as safe as aluminum cookware, but beware that the coating on anodized aluminum does not play well with many dishwasher soaps. I made the mistake with some old aluminum cereal bowls. The coating and color came off as powder.

That said, my dad ate out of one of those bowls every day as a child and is just fine as an adult.
alwaysamommy
Feb. 20th, 2009 04:34 am (UTC)
My great grandma that I mentioned above lived to 88 and was totally healthy til her organs just kinda started wearing out. All of her kids but one are still alive (and she smoked herself to death) and the oldest living is 78 and going strong. Plus her grandkids and great grandkids used them and there's never been a health problem that any of us could connect to aluminum.
I'm going to try to find some on ebay!
skurviee
Feb. 20th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
Those are awesome!
ihave_themoon
Feb. 20th, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
oh man i remember drinking koolaid from ones like that when i was a kid, they were the best!!!
my_black_thumb
Feb. 20th, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)
So many memories of my grandma's house! She made rootbeer floats for us kids in cups just like that. I wouldn't worry about using them. Enjoy!
lijago
Feb. 20th, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)
As someone mentioned above, they have soft drinks in aluminum. Plus you can now get reusable water bottles in aluminum, which are better than plastic (plastic breaks down & gets stuff in your water over time)
cutelildrow
Feb. 20th, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
They're safe to drink from, durable, and, as many other people here have been happily saying, lots of happy childhood memories!

My grandmother had several of those, and the one designated as 'my' tumbler was the same shade of light blue as the one in your photo! <3
cluelessinchi
Feb. 20th, 2009 04:29 am (UTC)
Durable anodized aluminum tumblers are coated like the Kleen Canteen. If the coating is still good it would not be like drinking out of aluminum.
ladyartemisa
Feb. 20th, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
KK is stainless steel.
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curbbrat
Feb. 20th, 2009 05:00 am (UTC)
man. thanks for this. i was wondering if they made such a thing and now i know they do. awesome.
autumn_sylver
Feb. 20th, 2009 05:03 am (UTC)
Aluminum reacts with acids, so orange juice or anything acidic like that isn't a good idea, but water is fine. It's ph neutral, so it won't react.
cluelessinchi
Feb. 20th, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
Aluminum does react to acids but anodized aluminum does not. Some healthier choice cookware is made from this material because it is coated.
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catchyusername
Feb. 20th, 2009 05:12 am (UTC)
one of my cats does the same thing! grrrr it kills me. as for them being safe, no idea. but on the cuteness factor, i dig 'em!!!
amberskyfire
Feb. 20th, 2009 06:15 am (UTC)
I don't know the definite answer, but Dr. Sears, a renowned natural pediatrician, says that the human body cannot absorb aluminum when ingested, only when it is injected directly into the veins. When ingested, the human body should pass 100% of it as waste. Food for thought :)
theecksteins
Feb. 20th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
We love Dr. Sears!
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suidae
Feb. 20th, 2009 06:40 am (UTC)
My grandmother had a shinny new set of those. I loved them and they made going over to see her even more fun XD
gemfyre
Feb. 20th, 2009 06:53 am (UTC)
My Nan had those!!

Ah man, memories.
jojosmom
Feb. 20th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
Those are gorgeous! I want some now!
mom
Feb. 20th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
I grew up with those. Cottage cheese came in them. My Grandma had many and lived to be over a 100 so I really don't think there is a problem with them. :)
orbitgirl
Feb. 21st, 2009 01:51 pm (UTC)
yeah i think you're ok. like others have said, these are anodized aluminum, the process of anodizing creates a very thin but tough layer of aluminum oxide on the surface, and by carefully controlling the thickness of the oxide layer, you can get different colors (like the colors of an oil slick you see in a parking lot puddle are caused by changes in the thickness of the oil layer). I wouldn't worry unless you see things like scratches, breaks in the coating, or color changes that might indicate a reaction of the metal.
myzska
Feb. 21st, 2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
We have a whole set of aluminum cups, cutlery and dishware at the school where I teach. Eat and drink off them everyday! Would not recommend dishwashing and beware of potential cracks that can yield quite a bit of physical damage to those washing. Yeeouch!
theecksteins
Feb. 21st, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
We hand wash all our stuff-- So what would you recommend? I am the dishwasher :-)
christinaianity
Feb. 21st, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
my concern is whatever chemical is giving them their lovely color.
theecksteins
Feb. 21st, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
Someone here posted that it has to do with the thickness of the anodized layer, kind of like how you get rainbows in oil or soap depending on the layering.
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