In Halacha, is there a requirement for non-glass cups or straws to be kashered after being used?

For example, if a Jew is fleishig, can they drink out of a non-glass cup (or with a straw) which was previously used for milk, to drink water so long as it’s cleaned?

I ask because generally, laws for solids are stricter than laws for liquids, e.g., a Jew should wait longer after hard cheese than milk, and hot things are stricter than cold things.

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    How is this different from any other utensil?
    – Double AA
    Commented Feb 5 at 16:50
  • How fleshing are you? Are in middle of the steak or have you already finished and washed up?
    – sam freed
    Commented Feb 5 at 20:21
  • Please check my edits match your intent, you had intervened two important words in the first line I believe
    – mbloch
    Commented Feb 6 at 4:27
  • Like regular kashrut laws, it depends on the material of the cup, the status of the liquid, the time period and the hot/cold status. As with other dishes, if the cup absorbs, the liquid previously in the cup was hot and dairy, then you can't drink within 24 hours hot water from that cup together with meat (according to Ashkenazim, Sefaradim are more lenient). Many allow drinking after meat though.
    – mbloch
    Commented Feb 6 at 4:31

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If the cup is clean of any milk residue, a person who is fleishig can drink from it—and even hot non-milchig beverages—provided that he is not drinking from it during a fleishig meal.

If the non-milchig beverage now in the (clean from milchig residue) milchig cup is cold, there is no transfer of ta'am at all (provided that the cold beverage isn't sitting in the cup uninterrupted for 24hs). And even if the beverage is hot, in which case there is transfer of milchig ta'am from the cup to the hot beverage, this ta'am is not prohibited for someone who is merely fleishig from before—although it cannot be eaten during the course of a fleishig meal.

I am a little bit confused about your title ("Do non-glass cups/straws have to be kashered after use"). Unless the cup became treif, or if it was used with chometz and you now want to use it for Pesach, or if you need to change its status (although note that for Ashkenazim we generally do not kasher utensils to change them from milchig to fleishig, and vice versa, other than when kashering for Pesach), you do not need to kasher the cup.

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