Mold in Yerba Mate Gourd? Here’s How to Save it.

mold in my yerba mate gourd

Green, furry, and slimly. Could it be a slug? Some little critter on your lawn? Or nasty soup your mom just plopped down on the table. Yum…But in our case, unfortunately, it’s mold growing in our favorite drinking vessel: the yerba mate gourd. DAMNIT!!

No bueno.
But chill.
I got you!

Ways for dealing with mold in yerba mate gourd

  • Let’s shine some light on this moldy problem.
    Literally. The best way to deal with mold in a yerba mate gourd is placing it in direct sunlight for a few hours a day, repeating until your gourd is drier than a baby’s ass after a fresh change. Mold hates the sun, so burn it away like Vampire Bill sitting in a park, midday.
  • Keep it dirty dirty dirty!
    Wasn’t that a song? Anyways, never wash your yerba mate gourd with soap. Rinse it with extremely hot water from the tap and make sure to scrape out any remaining debris each time. Then place it on its side and allow to dry fully.
  • Don’t cramp your gourd’s style.
    Let that baby rest! Ever have one of those girlfriends that stay on you like a hungry mosquito thirsting for blood? I’ve had my fair share and that shit ain’t cool. Don’t be that way with your gourd. Give it room and space to chill out for a few days between use. This actually helps keep it cured and in top shape; it’s the exact reason why a calabash yerba mate gourd can last you several years. The gourd will clean itself.

Here’s a video explaining what to do with a moldy yerba mate gourd and how to cure your yerba mate gourd:

So rest assured, chillax, your moldy gourd is—in most cases—salvageable. No need to toss it. Hit it with sun, give it time off between use, and never wash it with soap.

I recommend having at least 2–3 gourds, allowing you to cycle through fresh gourds while the others are fully drying. Glass, wood, and calabash is how I roll.

Gourds up!

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  • Ciaran Rooney

    Funny article, Dave ahah!

    A couple days ago I cured a new gourd but must have not got all the mate out. Now there’s some fuzzy life forms at the bottom – time to take my gourd sun-gazing!

    • Circle of Drink

      Yes indeed!

  • Daniel

    …but if my moldy mate is made of natural hide? How do I clean out the mold adhering to the sueded inside?

    • Circle of Drink

      Allow the gourd to become bone-dry and the mold will naturally die. It can’t survive in dry conditions.

  • Zach Weston

    Why are we not supposed to clean it with soap?

    • Circle of Drink

      You certainly can, but you run the risk of the gourd absorbing the taste of the soap.

  • Michael Bradham

    Thank you sir

  • Bret

    thanks for the gourd-ucation. So I have a gourd with green mold in the bottom that is now bone dry. Now what? Do I re-cure for 24 hrs? Just rinse it out and start using it again? Or?

    • Circle of Drink

      Start drinking!!!! :)

  • Priscila Guimarães

    I have a gourd (one of the big ones), and I knew there was mold in it for sure. I put water, vinegar, and baking soda, and left it for a few hours. My gourd turned black. Can I still use it?

    • Circle of Drink

      As long as you get it bone dry, it should be fine.

  • Andres

    I’ve left my wooden mate gourd with mate in it for about a month with mold. Should I throw it away or can I still salvage it?