Reusable water bottles are very convenient because you can use it several times. Reusing water bottles is also kind to the environment. Unfortunately, any surface that’s exposed to moisture can turn into a breeding ground for bacteria. Because the bottle continuously stays wet, it can harbor some bacteria. One way to tell if your water bottle is ridden with bacteria is to smell it. If it starts smelling funky, you need to clean it.
Cleaning these water containers well is a must! Ideally, you want to clean your water bottle every night but you can also clean it every few days or so. The important thing to remember is to clean the container and clean it well. Below are our tips to clean and disinfect even the most foul-smelling water bottles:
1. Chuck Into the Dishwasher
Check if your reusable water bottle is dishwasher safe. You can do that by checking the bottom of the bottle or go online to research about the brand. If the water bottle is dishwasher safe, then cleaning it will be a breeze. Check the cleaning instruction online and throw the water bottle into the dishwasher.
2. Washing with Soapy Water
If say, the water bottle is not dishwasher safe, you’ll have to wash it manually using soapy water. It doesn’t matter if the water is warm or cold, just make sure to use an antibacterial dishwashing liquid. In a basin, add a few drops of dishwashing soap and water until the water becomes soapy. Open the bottle and pour in the solution. With a thin bottle brush, scrub the inside of the bottle really well. Rinse very well with water and store it upside down. Let the bottle air-dry overnight.
3. Washing with Vinegar
Vinegar is a natural cleanser and deodorizer that will kill germs, melt grime and eliminate foul odor. It’s so effective in killing microbes, a homemade vinegar cleanser can kill flu viruses! To use vinegar as a water bottle deodorizer, wash the bottle with soapy water. Rinse the bottle very well and then fill it with a one-fifth volume of white vinegar. Fill the rest of the bottle with water and let the vinegar stand overnight. In the morning, rinse the water out very well.
4. Washing with Bleach Solution
If you really want to eradicate germs then use a weak bleach solution to wash your reusable water bottle. A weak bleach solution is perfectly safe to use to clean any personal items, including baby toys and baby bottles. To make a weak bleach solution, combine a tablespoon of bleach per one quart of water. Then, wash your water bottle with soapy water then rinse well. Follow up by filling the bottle with the weak bleach solution and screw the top. Allow the bottle to sit for at least two minutes. Pour out the solution and air dry the bottle by storing it upside down.
5. Washing with Cleansing Tablets
Cleansing tablets are a great way to eliminate unwanted odor and grime in dirty water bottles. Just fill the water bottle with water and drop the tablet it. Let the tablet dissolve for 15 to 30 minutes. You can shake the solution inside for faster melting. Finally, drain the liquid, rinse the bottle and leave it to air dry overnight!