Your water bottle is your trust worthy friend which keeps you healthy and hydrated, provided it is clean. The reusable water bottle you carry with you keeps you healthy and hydrated, provided it is methodically washed and clean. The very alarming thing that most of us don’t think to clean out our water bottles which we always carry with us. What we do is that we take the last sip from our bottle and again refill it. The practice is done repeatedly until the bottle become old and unusable. Irrespective of the fact whether your water bottle is made of stainless steel, plastic, or from another hard material, it is important to sanitize it at the end of every day. If you do not sanitize your bottle at the end of each day, the bacteria will build up inside your water bottle in a moist environment and you will preferable avoid drinking bacteria laden water. Mr Rudolph Bedford, MD, gastroenterologist at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California has informed that that it is good to clean your water bottle daily. The health problems which mostly people face is due to water only. Considering the use of water bottle having moist environment provide a suitable hiding place for bacteria causing nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
According to Mr Robert Glatter, MD, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Northwell Health and attending emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital said that unclean water bottles have bacteria such as E. coli that lead to gastroenteritis and food poisoning and even molds could colonize this area. Mr Robert further says that you can even take a step further and scrub this area with a special bottle brush or toothbrush for a real deep clean. Or just get in the habit of using one of these simple and easy methods.
Following methods which will work for to keep your bottle clean:-
Almost all types of water bottles are safe to be clean by dishwasher. The method to place water bottle on the top rack, making sure that the bottle is safe from any sort of germs spray arms that can cause harm. To start cleaning pick your bottle, run the dishwasher with the hottest water settings and a heated dry cycle, which will kill germs. It should be totally dry before you reuse it; moisture can be a breeding ground for bugs.
Soap and water
Washing by hand with a sudsy mix of dishwashing liquid and hot water is a safe and effective cleaning method, Kuper says. Be sure to wash and dry off with a clean cloth (or paper towel) to avoid reintroducing any bacteria or other harmful bugs. Swish the soapy water through the entire bottle, same way as you’d wash out a coffee cup or other used glass or mug, and make sure you get rid of any gunky buildup on the bottom or by he cap area. Then rinse with water to remove any soap residue before drying.
Use of Vinegar
Bottle of vinegar in your pantry can also disinfect your water bottle. According to Dr. Glatter you can also use dilute vinegar, which helps to kill most bacteria (not viruses though), while also serving as a drying agent. The method is fill half of the bottle with white vinegar, the other half with water, he further says for making sure you use about ¼ cup of vinegar. Close the bottle and let is swish around before leaving it to soak. Let it sit overnight and rinse out in the morning.
3% hydrogen peroxide
If the inside of the bottle is kind of slimy or has an odor, you might want to step up your game with this method. “This is my preferred method for disinfecting. Clean the bottle and top thoroughly with soap and water and rinse with hot water. Then pour about 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide in the bottle, replace, and close the lid tightly,” says Kuper. Shake bottle vigorously, then pour out the hydrogen peroxide, and give it a final water rinse to make sure it’s all gone. Your bottle should now be sparkly clean. Water cleaning tablets. “Water cleaning tablets are another reasonable approach, as well as tablets used to clean dentures,” says Dr. Glatter. It’s super easy to do. Fill your bottle with water, drop the tablets in as directed on the package, and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Then simply rinse out your bottle, and you’re good to go.