Water bottles are an essential tool for anyone looking to stay hydrated on-the-go. They come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and materials, but they all have one thing in common: they need to be kept clean. Properly cleaning your water bottle will help prevent the growth of bacteria and other harmful microorganisms that can make you sick. In this article, we'll share some tips on how to keep your water bottle clean.
Why do I need to clean my bottle?
Keeping your water bottle clean is crucial for maintaining good hygiene and preventing the growth of harmful bacteria and other microorganisms that can cause illnesses. According to a study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology, water bottles can harbor a wide variety of bacteria, including E. coli, which can cause gastrointestinal illness, and Staphylococcus aureus, which can cause skin infections and even pneumonia. Regularly cleaning your water bottle helps to prevent the growth of these and other bacteria, ensuring that the water you drink is safe and clean.
In addition to preventing illness, cleaning your water bottle can also help to prolong its lifespan and prevent damage. According to a blog post from the hydration experts at Hydratem8, failing to clean your water bottle regularly can lead to the buildup of residue and stains, which can cause unpleasant odors and make it less appealing to use. Over time, this can lead to scratches and other forms of wear and tear that can compromise the integrity of your water bottle. By cleaning your water bottle regularly, you can help to keep it in good condition and extend its life.
Don’t use abrasive cleaners.
While it's important to clean your water bottle thoroughly, you should avoid using abrasive cleaners that could scratch the surface of your water bottle. Scratches can create small crevices where bacteria can grow, defeating the purpose of cleaning your water bottle in the first place.
Careful with the dishwasher!
Some water bottles are dishwasher-safe, but others are not. Check the manufacturer's instructions before putting your water bottle in the dishwasher. Even if your water bottle is dishwasher-safe, it's a good idea to wash it by hand occasionally to make sure you're getting it as clean as possible.
If the water bottle is dishwasher safe and you still find limescale or salt residue, drop in an EcoBrite cleaning tablet after the cycle is complete. The tablet will remove the build up, preventing you from having to use vinegar or another substance that will alter the smell and taste of the water from your bottle.
Properly store your water bottle.
When you're not using your water bottle, make sure to store it properly. If you leave it sitting on a countertop or in a hot car for too long, bacteria can start to grow. Be sure to store your water bottle in a cool, dry place when you're not using it.
Avoid having to replace your water bottle.While EcoBrite bottle cleaning tablets won’t remove bacteria from your bottle, they can be used to perform quick, routine maintenance to help your bottle stay like-new for longer. You should only have to sanitize your bottle about once a week if the steps above are followed. That can be as easy as throwing your bottle in the washing machine or scrubbing by hand. Just be sure you’re following the manufacturers guidelines.