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How to Care for Your Refillable Water Bottle

By Sara Butler

Drinking enough water each day is essential to your health and wellness. That's why many people invest in a reusable water bottle to help them reach their daily hydration goals. While that's a great idea, your reusable water bottle must be cared for properly in order to keep your daily water habit healthy. Remember that bacteria that can make you sick love to grow in the dark, moist environment of your water bottle. That's why you should disinfect your water bottle every couple of days. Here's how to do that properly so you can keep sipping without stressing.

Cleaning: A Few Simple Steps

Whether your reusable water bottle is made of stainless steel, glass, or plastic, there are a few things you can do in order to ensure it's cleaned properly. You can:

  • Wash with soap and warm water - The easiest thing you can do to clean your water bottle is to use soap and water to clean it. All you need to do is add a couple of drops of soap to the water bottle, pour in warm water, put the lid on, and shake. Then rinse and leave to air dry.
  • Use some vinegar - If you find that your bottle requires a bit more of a deep clean, try washing it with vinegar after you wash it with soap and water. Fill it about a quarter of the way with white distilled vinegar and then top it off with water. Let it sit overnight and then rinse with water thoroughly the next morning.
  • Throw it in the dishwasher - If your bottle is dishwasher safe, you can also throw it in the dishwasher. While most products are safe for this appliance, you should double-check. If it is safe, take your bottle apart and put all components in the dishwasher to get it all cleaned.

If Your Bottle is Smelly or Discolored

Sometimes a reusable plastic bottle can become discolored or have an odor. Usually, this occurs if it's not properly cleaned with regularity. You can accelerate this process if you keep the bottle sealed up for a long time or if it's stored in a wet area. Make sure to rinse your bottle out each night to stop this from occurring. If it has already happened, then you can clean your bottle with a teaspoon of bleach mixed with a teaspoon of baking soda, then fill the bottle with water. Leave it to soak overnight and rinse it out very well the next day, letting it air dry completely.

Take care of your refillable water bottle and it'll take care of you and your health!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sandy Springs, Ga.

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