After getting a stainless steel water bottle which promises to keep liquids cold for 24 hours, I decided this summer that it would be a genius idea to fill it with ice-cold wine for Notting Hill Carnival. And yes, I did have deliciously cold pinot all day long, but what I was left with was rank wine tasting water for the next couple of weeks. And my feeble attempts of rinsing it out just didn’t seem to take the taste away. Knowing how to clean reusable water bottles, will not only keep your water tasting fresh and the germs at bay, it will also prevent you from chucking it away and getting a new one.
Outside of keeping your wine cold, reusable water bottles are one of the answers to fight plastic pollution. According to Forbes, globally, a million plastic bottles are bought every minute and 91% of them are not recyclable. In the UK, 38.5 million plastic bottles are used daily but 15 million don't get recycled, the Independent reports. When you're on the go, it's convenient to just grab a bottle or water here and there but not only do reusable water bottles help the environment, but they also save you lots more money in the long run.
Maintenance is key for water bottles. Speaking to Health.com, Robert Glatter, an assistant professor at Northwell Health and a physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in the U.S., explained: “Since it's a moist environment, it's possible for bacteria to set up shop and thrive, potentially leading to symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea." He continued by saying that “bacteria such as E. coli that lead to gastroenteritis and food poisoning and even molds could colonize" in the cap of the bottle. Yikes.
With this in mind, you should be aiming to empty and clean out your water bottle often. Don't wait for them to start smelling funky before you decide to clean them.
While LARQ, a luxury water bottle that retails for an eye-watering £95, promises to self-clean through UV light, your average reusable bottle isn’t that high tech and will need some hands-on TLC to keep germs and funny smells at bay.
The type of water bottle you have, be it stainless steel, infusion bottles, or something else, will affect how it needs to be cleaned, and with what products.
So here is how to clean your reusable water bottle: