Just as hydration is critical in any athletic sports, so is the container that holds the water. Filthy water bottles can be incubators of bacteria, mold, and mildew. It is even more dangerous when the bottle is kept with leftover sports drink mix. The longer you keep them untouched, the greater the danger they pose to your health. It is essential that you keep them fresh and clean more often than you think you should so you can enjoy your water bottle for more years of use.
Here are some helpful tips you need to consider to keep the grime and the germs off your water holder and the liquids that you drink while on the go.
- Wash them after every use. Just as you would want your drinking cup or glass thoroughly cleaned before and after using them, you would never want to drink from a water bottle that you have missed to clean. You can’t be sure what you leave on its lid every time you open the bottle as you ride and drink. If you don’t have soap and water at the moment, even just rinsing the bottle will do.
- Wash the bottle with your hands. The easiest way to clean your water bottle is to use your hands to rinse or wash it with soap and water.
- Use a bottle brush. It is easier to clean hard to reach parts of the bottle with a long-handled bottle brush. This can remove the sticky residue better and easier than just rinsing the water.
- Clean the water bottle cap. You may have cleaned the water bottle for cycling thoroughly, but did you remember the bottle cap? Note that as your bicycle moves, the fluid inside your water bottle also touches the cap. The same thing happens when you drink from the bottle. Make sure to clean the bottle cap as well. You can squeeze into the bottle cap some soap and water or use a brush to remove the sticking grimes and other residue clinging to it.
- Avoid the dishwasher. The dishwasher, although an easier option may melt the plastic material that the bottle is made of or affect the material composition of the water container. Some of the chemical compounds in the bottle may leach when they are subjected to heat.
- Avoid harsh cleansers. Bleach, in particular, may not be easy to remove even if you think you have washed the water bottle thoroughly. If you have to use any harsh chemical to clean your water bottle, it may be time to throw it away. Note that these chemicals may contaminate any liquid that you will fill the bottle the next time you use it.
- Allow the bottle to dry completely. You can leave it open or upside down in a drainer until it is totally dry. This will make sure that no cleaning compound or water that you used while cleaning the bottle will remain in the bottle that would eventually mix with the drinks that you will fill it with.
- Use baking soda and vinegar. If you think that washing the bottle with soap and water is not enough or that the smell of its previous content still lingers, use some baking soda (a tablespoon or two will do) and half a cup of vinegar. Leave the mixture in the bottle for about 60 seconds before cleaning the insides of the bottle and the cap with a brush.
If your water bottle sits long enough with liquid in it, it may grow different types of unhealthy organisms. Make sure you keep it away from heat and do not drink the content of any water bottle that has been exposed to heat or kept in a closed container where there is very high temperature. Consider the tips that we have provided above to make sure that you are always drinking fresh and clean water or liquid from your water bottle.
Be safe on the road and while on the go. Bring clean water to hydrate while cycling. You can be more and do more when you keep these things in mind.