There are many things to appreciate about reusable water bottles. First of all, you will always have drinking water available to you. Secondly, they offer considerably more protection for the environment than single-use water bottles. However, many people who use reusable water bottles do not understand the need to make sure they are washing their bottles with the frequency necessary to ensure their safe use.
How often should reusable water bottles be washed?
No matter how you choose to rationalize the issue, it is likely you do not wash your water bottle nearly as much as you should. Some experts suggest you wash your bottle after each use. If this seems like too much to you, it is probably safe to wash your bottle once each day if you use your bottle continuously throughout the day. Remember, the inside of a water bottle can be damp and dark. This is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
What happens when you do not wash your water bottle enough
Germs will attach themselves to your water bottle and begin to grow after each use. This is no problem if your bottle is washed after each use. These germs will also have trouble multiplying on bottles that are washed once or twice on a daily basis. However, when too much time passes between washings, your water bottle will allow mold and mildew to thrive.
Does it matter what the bottle is made of?
A variety of materials are used to make water bottles. But whether your water bottle is made of aluminum, plastic, or steel, it will need to be washed regularly to protect against germs and mold. The best course of action is to wash the bottle after each use.
Does the size of your bottle matter?
The size of your water bottle will make no impact on its need to be washed. Your water bottle will become contaminated with mold, germs, and mildew if it is not properly washed on a daily basis.
How to wash your reusable water bottle?
Eco-friendly dish soap should be used to clean your reusable water bottle. A bottle brush can be used to make sure you clean all the nooks and crannies within the bottle. The bottle should be rinsed with hot water and allowed to air dry. When cleaning your water bottle, detach whatever looks as if it can be taken apart. The process can be completed as follows:
- Fill your reusable water bottle with a bit of soap and hot water
- Use a bottle brush to scrub the inside of the bottle
- Use the bottle brush to clean the rim of the bottle and the pieces detached from it
- Clean the spout and vent holes with a straw brush
- Rinse the water bottle and all its pieces with hot water
- Do not reassemble until the bottle and its parts are totally dry