We are all familiar with the benefits of drinking water. Reusable water bottles are a great way to stay hydrated throughout the day while saving money and our environment. In addition, reusable water bottles can be purchased in a variety of colors, trendy designs, materials and sizes.
But, have you considered how often you should wash your water bottle? You might think that because it only contains water it doesn’t need cleaning. Perhaps you might be thinking you just need to rinse it out with water every once in a while.
The truth is, while the water in your bottle does not typically contain germs, it can provide an environment that fosters the growth of bacteria because it comes in contact with your mouth every time you use it. Your water bottle is just like your coffee cup, plates and utensils that you wash after each use, usually by placing them in your dishwasher.
Rinsing with water before and after each use is good but will not control the growth of microorganisms. So, take these steps to keep your water bottle clean and free of germs.
- Daily. Wash your bottle and lid with dish soap, hot water using a clean bottle brush. Rinse the bottle with warm water, drain thoroughly, and air-dry overnight.
- Weekly. Rinse inside the bottle with a diluted bleach solution (using 1 teaspoon of bleach per 32 ounces of water). Or, simply run it through the dishwasher with regular dishwashing detergent. Dry the bottle in the dishwasher or air-dry overnight. Note: Many of the bottles that are insulated or painted are not dishwasher safe, so be sure to check the instructions or manufacturer’s website first.
- Storage. When you are not using your filled water bottle, store it the refrigerator to prevent the growth of bacteria.
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