How Do You Clean a Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Cleaning Your Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Stainless steel water bottles are becoming popular and that’s a good thing. For one, drinking from stainless steel water bottles is far safer than drinking from a plastic bottle. Also, using reusable water bottles for your hydration needs is good for our environment.
Keeping your stainless steel water bottles clean is important because it could be a host of bacteria and germs. They require a little special care because of the material they are made from. Stainless steel is coated to protect it from rusting and provide a shiny finish. Over time, this coating can wear off in spots exposing the steel beneath. Once this happens, the stainless steel will start to rust if it comes into contact with liquids. Cleaning your stainless steel bottle can prolong its life as well as keep it looking brand new!
The first thing you need to do before cleaning your stainless steel water bottle is reading the care instructions that came along with it. You might be tempted to just toss it into your dishwashing machine and let your machine do all the cleaning for you. Keep in mind that not all stainless steel water bottles are created equal. Sure, some of them are dishwasher safe but there are many that are not especially the ones with colourful paint finish. Using your dishwasher to clean these stainless steel water bottles and against the manufacturer’s instructions will damage your water bottle. So heed your manufacturer’s advice to avoid any headaches and prevent damage on your water bottle.
The simplest and most basic way to clean a stainless steel water bottle is cleaning it by hand. Start by removing the cap or lid. This could vary from the brand and type of stainless steel water bottle you bought. Some water bottles are so easy to remove like those with a screw on lid. The next thing to do is fill it with soapy water and let it soak for 10-15 minutes. This step is particularly important if you are using a water bottle for beverages other than water. For instance, if you are using your stainless steel water bottle for coffee, sediments and gunk could form at the bottom of your water bottle. Soaking it for a few minutes could help soften any build up and would make cleaning your water bottle easy and simple.
After soaking for 10-15 minutes, put the lid back on and give your stainless steel water bottle a vigorous shake then pour the contents. If there is still residue inside your water bottle, use a cleaning brush or a sponge and scrub gently. Make sure that no residue is left inside before rinsing.
While waiting for your drink bottle to soak, you can start cleaning its lid or cap. Depending on the type, you might need to disassemble it. If your water bottle’s cap or lid has too many parts that need dissablembling and you don’t know how to do it, you can either ask for help from your manufacturer’s support team or watch some videos online. Scrub the lid and cap and make sure they are clean. Remember this is where you put your mouth so they need to be clean.
Once everything is all clean - the stainless water bottle and its lid, turn them upside down and put them in your dish rack to dry.
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