A water bottle seems to be so easy to clean. Thinking that it is only water that is being filled in it, a water bottle may not appear to become too dirty. However, this is only true for the naked eye. Little that you know, a water bottle already contains too much dirt and bacteria in it. Hence, to protect the health of the one using it, it is best to clean it thoroughly.
More often than not, the sign of a dirty water bottle is not only be the accumulation of dirt either inside or outside it. Usually, a dirty water bottle can affect the taste of the water being filled in it. Plus, it gives off an unnecessary odor. Therefore, long before you see these signs of a dirty water bottle, make it a point to clean it very well. Here’s how you can do this:
- Fill the bottle with warm water and dishwashing soap. Start cleaning by filling up the bottle with warm water and a small amount of soap or dishwashing liquid. Replace the cap back on the bottle and then shake it. After this, open it again and squeeze the water out of it.
- Pour baking soda and vinegar into the bottle. For a more thorough water bottle cleaning, consider baking soda and vinegar cleaning techniques. The baking soda cleans and removes the odor inside the bottle while the vinegar takes care of both the mold and mildew inside. Pour about two tablespoons of baking soda plus half a cup of vinegar in the bottle. Leave this solution inside the bottle for five minutes.
- Scrub the water bottle. While the vinegar and baking soda solution is inside the bottle, get a brush and scrub the bottle inside. This way, dirt and germs, especially the ones in the groves and neck of the bottle, will be washed away. However, if it happens that you don’t have a brush, try jamming your hand with a dish cloth inside.
- Rinse the bottle. Rinse the water bottle thoroughly. It is better to use hot water for this purpose instead of the regular faucet water.
- Air-dry the water bottle. Let the bottle dry in an upright position. However, do not use towels for this purpose. Towels, especially the ones that are not bleached, can pass bacteria to the bottle. Instead, dry the bottle on a rack.
- Store the bottle with a lid. It is best to store the water with the lid open after it has been cleaned. This will allow any leftover water to evaporate instead of inviting molds to form.
- Throw water bottles that are hard to clean. If your water bottle seems too tough to clean or contains too thick mold and mildew, just throw the bottle away. Never use it again because bottles like this can cause serious harm to your health.
Once in a while, take some time to clean your water bottle. This does not speak of good hygiene alone. It also protects your health from bacteria and mold that may bring you a certain type of disease. Hence, always make it a habit to clean your bottle even with the fact that it is only clean water that you are filling it with.