The world is heading towards environmental friendly products. People have realized that only by conserving the rapidly diminishing natural resources, our species as such has chances of survival. Of the many levels of conservation efforts that are being initiated, the notable ones are reduced usage of plastic bottles for drinking water purposes. People resort to either stainless steel or good quality plastic bottles for their hydration purposes. This turns out to be the best recycling solution because, you could just take your ‘cool looking’ bottle to a Water Filtration System or a Water Purifier and get pure drinking water refilled. While the idea of recycling water bottles is great, the primary question remains as to how often you clean them?
We are quite aware that bacteria loves moist dark spaces and what better place can there be but the drinking water bottles! Our advise would be to clean your water bottles as often as possible. Huffington Post suggests that the safest frequency for cleaning water bottle is every single day! Yes, You read it right!
If you have not been frequently washing your water bottles – reading this blog might bother you to the spine – but fret not. It is never too late to be inculcating good habits. There is no need to hit the panic button and head back to using disposable plastic bottles! Besides the degradation to the environment, when you dispose something after use, especially water bottle in this busy world, one tends to forget to drink water. This is one of the main reasons why Physicians from across the world have been advocating to carry one’s own drinking water bottle.
Here are some tips on how to clean your water bottles
If there is any leftover water in the water bottle, drain it first. Add liquid soap in your bottles along with warm water and shake it up after you properly close the bottle with the lid. Do this for about a minute and drain the soapy water. Invest in a good bottle brush that can clean the length of the bottle in its narrow space. Rinse the water bottle couple of times. No matter how eco friendly your soap is, one should ensure that all the soapy elements are totally rid off from the bottle. Therefore it is important that you soak the water bottle with hot water mixed with rock salt. Let it remain for a good two minutes and then drain it off. Finally a good clean water rinse is suggested before you leave the water bottle for drying. Exposing the water bottle to mild sunlight will do a lot good provided, you are not living in a highly polluted area.
In addition to the above, using white vinegar or lemon juice pretty much gives the same result. If your bottle needs deep cleaning, then take about 50 Ml – 75 Ml of vinegar based on the size of the bottle and fill the rest with water. Let this mixture sit thoroughly at night and rinse it off in the morning with water. Remember to dry it for a good 10 minutes.
It is quite known that few water bottles discolour and turn smelly. A Healthier Michigan states that a reusable plastic water bottle can develop a smell or slight discolouration over time if it isn’t properly cleaned after use. It can happen faster if the water bottle is stored in a wet area or kept sealed for a long period of time with water left in it. To stop this from happening, rinse your water bottle out after every use and let it air dry with the top off. If your bottle has already developed a smell, REI recommends that you add a teaspoon of bleach and a teaspoon of baking soda to the bottle and fill it with water. Let it sit overnight and rinse it out completely the next day, then let the bottle air dry.
Start today, stay hydrated and happy.