Though tasteless, colorless, and odorless, water is an important thing to survive. Fortunately, everyone realizes the dangers caused by plastic water bottles. The upgrade to stainless steel reusable water bottles is a great thing. But the thing that we all still need to realize is that these water bottles need to be cleaned after use. Otherwise, some water-borne pathogens might start inhabiting your bottle. They can cause you some severe health hazards. So here are some easy cleaning methods that can keep you safe from these microorganisms. Remember not to submerge your tumbler’s smart technology in water.
There are two methods by which you can wash your bottles every day.
With Warm Soapy Water
Pour warm water into the bottle after emptying it. Add a few drops of dishwashing soap. You don’t need any special soap for this purpose. Leave the bottle in warm soapy water for 5 to 10 minutes. Then use a bottle brush to clean the walls and the bottom. Clean the tip of the bottle, the outside of the bottle, and the cap too. Rinse with clean water.
In a Dishwasher
If you prefer using a dishwasher, you can put your water bottle in there with other dishes. Note that the smart tumbler top should still be hand washed to keep the feature working properly. Then set the temperature.
The above methods are more than enough for daily cleaning. But every now and then, you should deep clean your water bottle.
Vinegar is acidic in nature. Most microorganisms are unable to survive it. Thus, it disinfects the water bottle completely thanks to its acidity. Fill the last quarter of the bottle with vinegar. Then add water to fill the remaining bottle. Let the vinegar stay in the bottle overnight. The next morning, rinse it with dishwashing soap. Note that vinegar does not peel off the paint. But it might soften it. So, continuous exposure to the bottle outside with vinegar might be damaging. In that case, try mixing up cleaning methods. Try to follow the below methods as well.
Using Bleach or Baking Soda
A dilute solution of bleach can kill most bacteria present inside your bottle. If you avoid bleach for some reason, go for baking soda. Fill the bottle with water. Add one tablespoon of baking soda to it. Let it sit for some hours. Then discard the mixture and wash with dishwashing soap.
Using Cleaning Tablets
If you're looking for a cleaning method that's less hand on to make mixtures, we’ve got you. Buy a pack of water bottle cleaning tablets. A single tablet in warm water is capable of cleaning your bottle thoroughly. You don’t even have to wait much. It takes only 15 to 20 minutes for the bottle to be cleaned.
Switching to reusable water bottles to stainless steel tumblers is a great step towards personal and environmental health, that's why it's so important to make sure you keep yours in the best condition and make it last.