Water Bottle Care: How to Stay Hydrated & Germ-free

Water Bottle Care: How to Stay Hydrated & Germ-free

“I keep a water bottle nearby throughout the day to help me remember to drink. Since it’s just water, is it OK that I refill it several times between cleaning?” – B.J. Racine, WI

Dear B.J.,

This is so often overlooked! I’m happy to hear that you keep water nearby. Good hydration is critical to good health. However, you need to be drinking clean, fresh water!

If you refill your container several times each day, there’s no need to wash between every fill. You do, however, need to give it a good soap and water clean daily. This is important because thousands of moisture-loving bacteria may be crawling all over your reusable water bottle, which can make you very ill.

Daily, you should use hot, soapy, dish water. Be sure to take apart anything that is meant to come apart – unscrew the lid, take out any rubber gaskets or straws and get down to the individual parts of the container. Wash each piece thoroughly and use a bottle brush if needed. Rinse completely and let air dry.

If, after regular cleaning, your bottle still doesn’t smell fresh, try sanitizing. Just like the daily cleaning, take apart anything that is meant to come apart, then clean using one of the following methods:

Option 1: Fill the water bottle with a mild bleach/water solution (1 teaspoon of bleach to 1 gallon of water). Let the solution stand for 10 minutes, rinse until the bleach odor is gone and let air dry.

Option 2: Fill with undiluted white distilled vinegar. Let stand for 10 minutes, rinse and air dry.

Option 3: Fill the water bottle with hydrogen peroxide. Let it stand for 10 minutes, rinse and air dry.

Keep up the healthy habit of staying hydrated…and make sure you’re cleaning your bottle daily!

Stay Well,

Nurse Allison

Additional Resources:

https://www.today.com/home/step-step-guide-how-clean-reusable-water-bottles-t76946

https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-clean-a-reusable-water-bottle-255854