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Cleaning the drinking bottle: this is how it works!

Has your drinking bottle developed an unpleasant smell or stubborn dirt over time? Don't worry, with these simple tips & tricks you can clean your bottle - quickly and easily.

In order to avoid that your drinking bottle smells unpleasant after frequent use and / or that dirt or even mold builds up in it, you should clean it regularly after exercise or other uses. It doesn't matter whether it's a plastic, stainless steel or aluminum drinking bottle - they should all be cleaned regularly. Depending on the drink (e.g. fruit juice) that has been filled, simply rinsing it out with clear water may not be enough.

In these instructions you will find out how to clean your bottle properly so that odor, dirt and mold don't stand a chance in the future.

How do I clean my water bottle?

Basic cleaning is simple: regular hot water, a little washing-up liquid and now and then a soft brush do a good job with most bottles or drinking systems from e.g. Deuter, Source or Camelbak. This will remove small, everyday residues.

Instructions for basic cleaning of the drinking bottle

  • Fill in hot water,
  • Put the lid on the drinking bottle, screw it tight and shake it,
  • to empty
  • every now and then brush and
  • then dry well.
tip: Use a clean, dry tea towel for this. Wet wipes are often carriers of germs and are therefore not recommended. Alternatively, just put it upside down at a slight angle and without a cover to dry, so that air can get in.

Cleaning tablets for clean drinking bottles

In the case of stubborn residues and a musty smell, special cleaning tablets for drinking bottles, e.g. Bottle clean Tried and tested by Sigg. When used correctly, they are odorless, tasteless and antibacterial.

  • Put the tablet in the bottle with hot water
  • Let it work for 15 minutes - longer if it is heavily soiled
  • then rinse well
  • Disassemble the contaminated lids as much as possible, place them in a bowl and treat them exactly as they are

What household remedies are there for cleaning the drinking bottle?

Danger: Before you take home remedies such as baking powder, rice, salt & Co to hand, consider that many home remedies are more or less strong mechanical cleaning Put your bottle. This mainly scratches plastic bottles, but may also loosen the inner coating of aluminum bottles.

As a result, drinks can come into direct contact with the aluminum, which means that potentially harmful substances could detach from the coating and be drunk along with it. Even drinking bottles made of glass can be damaged by mechanical cleaning. Therefore, before cleaning your bottle, check which information manufacturers such as Sigg, Camelbak, Nalgene & Co may have. to do so on their website.

How do I use the most common home remedies?

Denture cleaner

Kukident & Co work just as well as conservative cleaning tablets and are suitable for plastic, stainless steel, glass and aluminum bottles.

Dishwasher tablets or powder

Fill the bottle with hot water, wait a few hours, then rinse thoroughly. Danger especially with aluminum or plastic and do not work with brushes because of the salts!

Coarse salt or rice

First pour in a small amount without water and shake vigorously. Then add some hot water, wait a while and shake in between. But Attention: This is a purely mechanical cleaning that should only be the very last resort. Because this affects almost all materials.

Vinegar or citric acid

Has a germicidal effect and dissolves a lot of dirt with hot water. As possible no vinegar essence use. Many bottles made of plastic, aluminum or even glass do not tolerate this treatment and can be damaged! In both cases, make a solution with water and allow it to take effect.

Baking powder or baking soda

Is a tried and tested product even with stubborn coffee residues. To clean, put 1-2 bags of hot water in the bottle and wait. So that the gas produced does not create any pressure that could damage the bottle, leave the lid open and not rub. Then rinse well. In the end, the result can be seen in almost all cases and bad smells have also disappeared. In addition, this method is suitable for almost all materials. However, you should Be careful with cheap plastics be.

How do I clean the lid or mouthpiece of the bottle?

A good lid or a good mouthpiece of a drinking bottle can be easily dismantled so that you can get anywhere when cleaning and no moisture or sugar residues are left behind. Because these are breeding grounds for bacteria and can damage your health, for example through the formation of mold. When cleaning the bottle, always remove the rubber seal on the lid and clean it thoroughly with hot water and washing-up liquid. When drying the lid or mouthpiece, make sure that the dismantled components are really dry before you reassemble them. Otherwise, if in doubt, mold can develop in these areas.

Some companies such as Klean Kanteen or Sigg offer different lids for re-purchase in their range, because the most comfortable lid is not always the one that is best to clean, especially when traveling.

Should I also disinfect the drinking bottle?

Very hot water over 80 ° C disinfects if you put the bottle in for one to two minutes. But not all bottles are suitable for such a treatment. For example, plastic can become porous due to the heat and glass can crack. In addition, closures and seals could deform. Therefore, the following also applies here: It is essential to follow the manufacturer's instructions and, if in doubt, prefer to work with antibacterial cleaning tablets!

However, the water shouldn't boil either. Otherwise germs can be trapped by coagulating protein. Many fungal spores are also very heat-resistant. In addition, sturdy polycarbonate drinking bottles can release potentially dangerous BPA unless they are labeled BPA-free.

But we don't want to sterilize the bottle either, we want to reduce germs and bacteria to a level that our human immune system has easy play with.

Can the drinking bottle be put in the dishwasher?

Here you should again pay particular attention to the manufacturer's information. Nalgene bottles are mostly dishwasher safe, while Sigg advises against them. Even if stainless steel is quite insensitive, it should above all many vacuum flasks cannot be put in the dishwasher. As a result, the insulation effect can suffer. In addition, water could penetrate into the gaps and become moldy there. Many Thermos bottles are an exception. Even prints or colored coatings often do not withstand a dishwasher.

Because no matter how dirty the bottle looks or what material it is made of, it is cleaned with the selected program of the dishwasher. This is done with hot water, chemically with a tab or powder and mechanically with salt. The latter in particular also scratches dishwasher-safe bottles. This makes them blind and paints and coatings also suffer in the long run. And despite all the good performance, small openings, complicated closures or joints in the drinking bottle can leave dirt residues even after using the dishwasher. The dishwasher cannot replace regular hand washing.

Prophylaxis: which drinking bottle should I buy?

It is best to make sure that your drinking bottle is easy to clean when you buy it. Simply pay attention to the following:

  • large opening, such as with the Nalgene wide-neck bottles
  • smooth surfaces are better than corrugated or rough ones
  • all places in the bottle must be easily accessible
  • a simple closure, like the Klean Kanteen Reflect

These points make your life with the bottle easier and that of bacteria and germs more difficult.

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