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How can I care for my drinking horn?

How can I care for my drinking horn?

Our products are made from natural materials so there is some care involved to ensure a long and enjoyable product life.  We recommend you:

  • Avoid dishwashers and microwaves
  • Do not use it for hot liquids
  • Avoid contact with strong solvents, detergents, and/or chemicals
  • Avoid sharp objects as the horn surface can scratch
  • Towel dry your horn immediately after washing
  • Avoid temperature swings as this can cause the horn to crack
  • Keep out of extreme heat or cold
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  1. Boltof September 30, 2016 at 5:28 am - Reply

    Have you any advice on effectively cleaning a horn out after drinking ale cider and too much mead from it please?

  2. Michael February 22, 2017 at 5:13 am - Reply

    My drinking horn is chipping close to the handle how can I keep this from getting worse?

    • AleHorn February 23, 2017 at 1:03 pm - Reply

      Hey Michael, send us an email with an image and let us take a look.

  3. Albert March 10, 2017 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    I recently bought a drinking horn and the horn has a curve at the pointed bit and so whenever I have it sitting in it’s stand, its natural resting spot is on it’s side so naturally it’ll shift to it’s side and spill liquid everywhere. The only way it’ll sit in the stand and still be pointed upwards is if it’s empty.

    • AleHorn March 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm - Reply

      Hi Albert, please use our contact form to reach out. We will send you a replacement once we have some more details. Cheers!

  4. Bryan B. Merkley April 13, 2017 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    I recently got 20″ horn and stand. With your manufacturing procedure, is there a need to cure the horn by leaving some Guinness in it for a while or is it okay to drink as soon as I open the shipping package?

  5. Charles Schreck April 24, 2017 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    What do you recommend using to cleaning the mug and do I need to condition the mug periodically?

    • AleHorn April 25, 2017 at 10:19 am - Reply

      use a mild soap and warm water to clean. if you have a bottle brush, that helps get into the crevasses. conditioning it will never hurt but its not required. beeswax inside will help the seal

  6. Mary July 15, 2017 at 7:27 am - Reply

    I was given a bullhorn cup detailed with pure silver with a silver straw. It was made in South America so I did not get it from your site but I have no idea how to properly care for it. There is a piece inside the cup that has since come loose and I am not sure if I can somehow get it back in place by maybe an adhesive or something. I was told to keep a small amount of water in the cup so it didn’t dry out and crack but doing that made that inside piece fall out. Also the silver is starting to discolour and I would like to restore it without damaging it. Any advise?

    • AleHorn July 16, 2017 at 8:58 am - Reply

      Hi Mary, hard to say without seeing it and knowing how it was constructed, but it sounds like some adhesive might do the trick. You can use anything handy, just make sure that it is food safe and has time to sure properly before use.

  7. Hades (actual name, my mom is such a weirdo) September 9, 2017 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    Hi, my GF just got me a drinking horn as a gift, but the guy who selled her had no idea of how clean it, i’m not even sure about it is sealed or just polished inside, any suggestions?

    • AleHorn September 11, 2017 at 12:42 pm - Reply

      Just use a mild soap and water, nothing too harsh and avoid the dishwasher. A bottle brush can help get into nooks. Hope that helps!

  8. Chris October 24, 2017 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    I just received my alehorn and it’s awesome! There is however a small splinter on the outside (it’s a natural finish horn). I wonder if you can advise anything that will work to repair this as I am concerned it may get worse and cause more damage. Is there some kind of lacquer I can use just to cover this small area on the outside.

    • AleHorn October 25, 2017 at 8:20 am - Reply

      Nail hardener would be best. Horns are made from the same material our finger nails are made of – keratin. Or if in a pinch, superglue (cyanoacrylates) will work as well.

  9. Greg December 6, 2017 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Hi, my drinking horn has very rough edges around the handle curve. I have gotten a few different slivers from it and would love to sand it down lightly with a fine grit sand paper but I do not want to wreck it at all since I use it so much. Is there anything I can do about this???

    • AleHorn December 9, 2017 at 6:39 am - Reply

      Hey Greg, send us a photo to support @ so we can take a look and advise. Sounds like an easy fix, but want to see it. Thanks!

  10. Kai December 16, 2017 at 9:41 am - Reply

    My horn has a certain smell to it and i dont know how to get out it out. Does anyone know of a way to get the smell out?

    • AleHorn December 20, 2017 at 9:49 am - Reply

      you can try baking soda- sprinkle in some and let sit over night. let some dark, strong beer sit in it overnight. lemon juice and/or essential oils – add some to the horn, wipe and repeat.

  11. Greg December 19, 2017 at 8:39 am - Reply

    I recently received an excellent drinking horn made by you as a birthday gift. I am just curious as to the handle as underneath the curve itself is very rough and I have gotten several slivers from it. Is there any way to better way to buff and polish or sand it down with a very high grit paper??? Any help would be appreciated.

  12. Alex Latuhihin December 22, 2017 at 12:43 am - Reply

    I bought a nice drinking horn that I put hot liquids in and melted the wax so my bottom piece fell off and warped it a little . I was wanting to get it repaired and the inside sanded out plus I was hoping to dip in resin or some type of clear coat so it didn’t matter if I used hot or cold liquid

  13. Viking God December 23, 2017 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    I poured mine full of rubbing alcohol and let it sit for 4 hours. Removed the smell great. Smells like clean alcohol and cant even notice with some good meed in there

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