How to Clean Your Reusable Water Bottle

At The Cleaning Authority, we believe a clean earth is as important as a clean home.

Making the switch from plastic to reusable bottles has many advantages for yourself, the environment, and your wallet. Ditching plastic decreases the amount of oil used for production, reduces waste and pollution into the environment, saves money, and helps protect marine life.

According to Biofriendly Planet Magazine, it takes 17 million barrels of oil to make a one-year supply of bottled water, which is enough oil to power 190,000 homes.

Even if you are only using your reusable bottle for water, it’s important to clean them regularly, as bacteria, dirt, and germs can build up over time.

"Many people go weeks without washing their water bottles because they don’t look dirty but looks can be deceiving. Bacteria grows in dark, moist environments, which makes the inside of a bottle the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. If you notice a slimy film or a bad smell, it’s time to clean your bottle. we recommend frequent washing to prevent bacteria and germs,” said Chief Operating Officer, Leanne Stapf in Delish’s You Should Be Cleaning Your Water Bottle Way More Often Than You Already Are.

Check out these easy cleaning tips for cleaning your bottle with common kitchen items you already have at home!

Always check that your water bottle is dishwasher safe before running. If not, follow these homemade mixtures:

  • Baking Soda: To get rid of any lingering odors and bacteria, mix a 50/50 baking soda and water solution, pour it in your water bottle, and leave to soak for 10 minutes.
  • Vinegar: Fill the bottle with a ¼ cup of white vinegar and a ¼ cup of water and let it soak overnight. The next morning, scrub away any remaining scum.
  • Dish Soap: Fill your bottle with hot water and add a few drops of dish soap. Let it sit for 1-2 hours, then rinse it out.

Bonus tip - A good brush makes all the difference! When your bottle is full of the cleaning mixture of your choice, scrub the interior of your bottle with a bottle brush.

Don’t forget your lid and straw! Give the lid a great scrub with a toothbrush or a cotton swab to access those hard-to-reach places. Straws can be washed with hot water, soap, and a straw cleaner brush, then thrown in the dishwasher.

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