So, you have finally switched to stainless-steel water bottles. That's good news. However, you should also make sure that you are using your stainless-steel water bottle properly. That means you should know how to correctly clean it so you can keep germs away and your water stays fresh.
In this post, Ecococoon tells you why you need to keep your drinking bottle clean and, more importantly, know how to do it:
Why You Need to Keep Your Bottle Clean
Stainless steel bottles, as you know, are reusable, so they're one of the best ways to reduce the usage of single-use plastic. That said, you need to ensure that you are keeping it clean at all times so that you can enjoy its use for as long as possible.
Remember that these bottles are used to hold water and other liquids, so mould and bacteria can grow if they're left for long without cleaning. These can lead to health problems like gastroenteritis and even food poisoning. That's why you need to make sure that you properly clean and sanitise the bottle after each use.
A key point of difference with our stainless-steel bottles is the one-way valve which not only stops spills but also stops food and contaminants backwashing into the bottles. This means the bottles are more hygienic and stay clean for longer. This doesn’t mean that you can skip cleaning your bottle.
How to Keep Your Stainless-Steel Bottle Clean
If you use your stainless-steel drinking bottle every single day, there are a few maintenance steps that you should do to ensure that your bottle is in the best condition. You need to unscrew the lid after using the bottle at the end of the day and wash the bottle in hot soapy water. You should also wash the bottle using a small brush to reach the inside of the bottle and prevent buildups. The caps and lids can go on the top shelf of your dishwasher. Ensure that the cover and the bottle are both completely dry before putting the lid back on.
Aside from your regular cleaning routine, you can try these methods of deeper cleaning, too:
Soak in Distilled White Vinegar
Did you know that vinegar is a great cleaning agent that can help disinfect, sanitise, and deodorise your bottle? It's pretty simple to use, too. Just fill the bottle with equal parts of vinegar and water. Then, put the lid back on and shake the bottle for a few minutes. Allow the vinegar to soak overnight, then rinse the bottle with warm water the following day.
Scrub With Baking Soda
Baking soda is also an effective cleaner as it can get rid of grime, mildew, or any buildup inside water bottles. All you need to do is put a teaspoon of baking soda into your bottle and fill it up with water. Let this sit overnight and rinse it in the morning with water. You should also scrub the lid's inside using baking soda and water before putting it back on.
Use the Right Tools
While stainless-steel bottles don't require much, it wouldn't hurt to get the right tools to ensure that your bottle is always clean and safe to use. You can get a long and flexible brush that can access every inch of the bottle. Choose a brush with soft bristles that won't scratch the inside of the water bottle. You can use this brush with your liquid soap to clean the inside of the bottle, which is especially important if you use it for beverages apart from water.
Your choice to switch to a stainless-steel water bottle is indeed commendable. You are helping the environment in a big way with just this small step. Of course, you want to make sure that your stainless-steel water bottle lasts for a long time. That's possible when you regularly clean it using the techniques mentioned above.
If you plan to gift your family and friends with stainless-steel water bottles, get them high-quality ones from Ecococoon. We are a trusted maker of premium qualitystainless-steel water bottles in Australia. Check out our collection of eco-friendly products today!