How to Clean Water Bottles

Reusable water bottles are a great eco friendly alternative to single-use plastic water bottles. But because the water bottle is being used over and over again it needs to be cleaned every day to remove odours and bacteria build up. Here are a few tips on how to clean your stainless steel bottle.

Cleaning water bottles

To clean your reusable water bottle, you can use vinegar, baking powder, bleach, or simple washing up liquid and water. Depending on the type of water bottle, you may also be able to put it in the dishwasher. For a simple routine clean, rinse the bottle with hot water. Apply washing up liquid to a washing up brush and clean the inside of the bottle thoroughly. Then rinse the bottle until the soapy residue has completely gone and let the bottle dry.

If you're not sure that your bottle is germ-free then you can do a deep clean. The safest and least abrasive method to deep clean your bottle is to use distilled white vinegar or baking powder. Both baking powder and white vinegar are natural cleaning ingredients. They are mild abrasives which kill bacteria and cause odours to neutralise. To clean your reusable water bottle using distilled white vinegar first rinse your bottle with water. Then fill your bottle one-fifth of the way with white vinegar and the rest with water. Let the mixture sit in your bottle for 10 minutes. Rinse the bottle thoroughly with hot water until the odour of vinegar has gone completely. Then let the bottle air dry.

If you don't like the smell of vinegar, a similar procedure can be followed using baking powder. First mix together baking soda and water until you get a paste consistency. Apply the paste to the inside of your reusable water bottle with a cleaning brush. Let the paste sit on the inside wall of the bottle for 15 minutes. Then rinse the reusable bottle with hot water until the baking soda paste is completely removed from the bottle and let the bottle dry. 

If your reusable water bottle is particularly dirty, cleaning with chlorine bleach can remove those tough stains and foul odours. But using bleach to clean your water bottle is not recommended on a regular basis. First, prepare a solution of 1 teaspoon of household bleach to 4.5 litres of water in a sink. Allow the solution to sit in the water bottle for up to 15 minutes. Rinse the bottle with hot water until the odour of bleach is gone completely. Then let the bottle air dry. 

It is hard to notice if a reusable water bottle is dirty until you smell a foul odour. But a bad odour isn't the first sign of a dirty water bottle. The moist environment of your water bottle can be a breeding ground for germs, which you then swallow along with your water. So, it's good to get in the habit of cleaning your reusable water bottle every day. Following the simple steps above will enable you to remove all stains, odours and pesky bacteria.

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