Reusable water bottles are not only a trendy way to stay hydrated, but they also play a role in protecting the environment. Since single-use plastic products in particular are increasingly problematic, reusable water bottles are an easy way to reduce the use of oil and carbon dioxide emissions caused by the manufacture of plastic bottles, produce less waste, and at the same time protect water bodies and marine animals and plants. Did you know that it takes more water to make a plastic bottle than the bottle itself holds? To get the most out of your reusable bottle, it’s important to take care of it properly. So you can use it for a long time without fearing that it will develop mold or bacteria. Below you will find a few tips just for this.
Even if you use it constantly, the water bottle still needs to be cleaned regularly. Clean the bottle every day by filling it with warm water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid and use a bottle brush to clean the walls, bottom and neck of the bottle and rinse thoroughly. Dry the bottle with a towel or leave it to air dry without a cap, because otherwise the trapped moisture creates an ideal environment for bacteria. If the bottle can withstand washing in the dishwasher, you can avoid manual cleaning by using the dishwasher. They also have flexible inner baskets and height-adjustable upper baskets, so there is room to clean even larger reusable water bottles, and if your bottle is glass, you can use a special glass washing program.
If your bottle smells or you see mold, you need to clean the bottle more thoroughly by using water bottle cleaning tablets or by filling the bottle halfway with white wine vinegar, adding cold water, letting it sit overnight and finally cleaning it. Instead of white vinegar, you can also use two to four tablespoons of baking soda and warm water.
Cleaning the lid
It is important to clean the cap as well. Start by removing the wrist strap if one is attached. Clean it daily with dish soap and a brush, or put it in the cutlery basket of the dishwasher if the cap is too small to fit on the racks. If I see signs of mold, soak it in a solution of half white vinegar and half cold water and leave it overnight. In this situation, you can also use baking soda and a warm water solution.
Cleaning the whistle
Create a cleaning solution from dishwashing liquid and hot water, dip a straw brush into it and pass the brush back and forth in the straw. If the brush is not thick enough, tie several of them together. If there is stubborn dirt on the whistle, dip the brush in baking soda and use it as a gentle scrubbing agent. If you don’t have a whistle brush, you can use a long cotton swab or dental floss to get inside the whistle.
Cleaning the sleeve
If you have a glass reusable bottle, you can use a sleeve to protect the bottle. With the sleeve, you get a firmer grip on the bottle, it cushions when you put the bottle down, insulates and absorbs condensation. Keep the sleeve clean by washing it by hand or in the washing machine at a low temperature, if the sleeve cleaning instructions say the method is suitable.