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How You Should Clean Your Water Bottle


Hiking and water bottleCleaning your water bottle is something you would want to do if you want it to last for many years. Leaving your water bottles dirty for days could subject it to water residue build up and discoloration, which could harden especially for areas where hard water is present. Moisture is also a bacteria’s favorite environment.



Your water bottle can be a potential breathing spot for fungi, bacteria, mold,and mildew, all of which can cause respiratory problems, allergic reactions, and other health related issues. Adding dairy products and sugar into your coffee could also lead to gunk build-up, which could potentially lead to food poisoning.


Cleaning your water bottle is therefore not optional, but necessary to prolong its reusability and beauty. Of course, a clean reusable water bottle is indeed safe to use and prevents bacteria from thriving.


Furthermore, mouth openings vary from one water bottle to the other. It is a part of your water bottle you would want to clean regularly, since that is where you put your mouth. It is a bit harder to clean water bottles with small mouth openings compared to those with wider openings.


So what’s the best way to clean your water bottle?

Use warm soapy water

Cleaning your water bottle is very easy. You may only need to fill your water bottle with warm soapy water and shake it thoroughly. Do this over and over again and then empty the contents. Rinse with warm water and air dry by. Some reusable water bottles may give off some odor. Don’t be troubled because this is normal. Soak the bottle overnight with a warm soapy water and rinse in the following morning.


Use bottle cleaning brush

A bottle cleaning brush is a very useful tool for cleaning your reusable water bottles. It is the perfect option for water bottles with narrow openings.

Fill your water bottle with warm soapy water solution. Insert the cleaning brush and scrub gently. Most water bottles, particularly stainless steel bottles will not bear scratches from the cleaning brush since they are sturdy and polished. Cleaning brushes are often 100% plastic-free which makes it eco-friendly.


Sponge and scourer

If you don’t have a cleaning brush, you could use either a scourer or a sponge. You can use either of the two to clean the caps, lids, and other accessories. Some water bottles usually have a screw-on top lids. The mouth opening could also feature ridges, so you must use a sponge or scrubbers to ensure whatever is cling to it will be totally removed.


Vinegar or Baking soda

Water bottles usually don’t have any strong odour, but you have nothing to worry about when they do. Simply mix lukewarm water and white vinegar or baking soda then pour it into the water bottle.


White vinegar and baking soda are efficient household cleaning items that can prevent and/or remove odor. Simply fill the bottle with white vinegar and hot water. Leave overnight then rinse in the morning after. If baking soda is not available, use baking soda instead.



Dishwasher is probably the easiest and most convenient way to clean a water bottle. Make sure you remove the lid prior to putting it inside your dishwasher, but remember to place the bottle upside down.


You can as well put other accessories like straw separately in the dishwasher. But, make sure you read the label because some water bottles aren’t dishwasher safe. This is common with water bottles that have insulation and coatings.


You have invested in your water bottle so you can use it for a longer period. Remember to keep it clean and dry. Cleaning and washing it regularly can prevent disease-causing bacteria.