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Mundane, but important: How do you clean your water bottles?(13 posts)

Mundane, but important: How do you clean your water bottles?Me Dot Org
Jul 9, 2002 3:37 PM
I know this isn't as important as what socks Lance is wearing, but...

I like using Tall bottles, and the bottle brushes I've bought don't really supply the leverage you need to get gunk out of the edges at the bottom.

Can anyone recommend a specific bottle brush or technique?
Jul 9, 2002 3:51 PM
I guess I don't let my bottles get so dirty I need leverage to clean them! I'd throw out a bottle if it was that dirty.

I usually rinse them out after rides. When I forget and strange life forms appear, I fill them with hot water and dishwashing soap, then shake thouroughly. Then I stick the brush all the way in and twist it to scrub the bottom, run it along the sides, and finally the inside lip. Make sure you wash all the soap out or you'll be drinking it.
Several methodsKerry
Jul 9, 2002 4:09 PM
The easiest is to just put them in the dishwasher on the lower track. Other treatments are
- a slug of bleach in the bottle, and then fill with water and let stand overnight.
- a couple of tablespoons of baking soda, fill with water, shake and let stand overnight.
- a slug of vinegar, fill with water, shake and let stand overnight.

Rinse thoroughly with hot water when you're done, and things should be all sweetness and light.
re: Mundane, but important: How do you clean your water bottles?mackgoo
Jul 9, 2002 4:14 PM
They get washed with the dishs that night.
Never had a problem with "gunk"...Ahimsa
Jul 9, 2002 4:35 PM
'course I alternate my beverage to prevent it.


Monday: Water
Tuesday: Vodka
Wednesday: Water
Thursday: Vodka
Friday AM: Water
Friday PM: Vodka
Saturday: Vodka
Sunday: Wine


re: Mundane, but important: How do you clean your water bottles?look271
Jul 9, 2002 4:39 PM
I throw'em in the dishwqsher w/ the dishes. Hot enough to kill anything and I haven't melted one yet.....
re: Mundane, but important: How do you clean your water bottles?LC
Jul 9, 2002 4:49 PM
I just add bleach and water. Kill everything and they come out nice and white.
re:... it doesn't take much bleach...Akirasho
Jul 9, 2002 5:00 PM
... Generally, just a few drops to a teaspoon should do... and it doesn't have to sit too long... the aftertaste is no worse than most municipal water supplies and disappears relatively quickly if you air dry.

We abide.

Remain In Light.
re: Mundane, but important: How do you clean your water bottles?DINOSAUR
Jul 9, 2002 9:24 PM
I scrubb mine down after every ride with hot water and soap. I use Bon Ami and a scrouring pad to clean the outside. Once a week I will full them with boiling hot water, put the lids back on and carefully squirt the water out holding them with a dish towel. This seems to sterilize them very well. Mine don't get that dirty as I just pack plain water.
Why do you have "Gunk" in your bottles?spyderman
Jul 9, 2002 10:18 PM
Is it mold? If so, a little bleach/water combo soaked overnight should help. If that doesn't work, spend $5 for new ones...

I usually clean my bottles after every use, usually the same night. The dishwasher does a fine job.
Oxy CleanBikinCO
Jul 10, 2002 3:25 AM
I put a little bit of oxy clean and hot water in the bottles and let them clean overnight.
Here's the absolute best (and easiest) way to clean bottlesyfoiler
Jul 10, 2002 4:49 AM
I had bottles that were stored for a long time that had algae or mold in the hard to reach nooks and crannys inside.
When my wife saw me trying to clean them out with a long bottle brush she laughed. She took one of the bottles and put in a small handfull of UNCOOKED rice, a few drops of dishwashing liquid then filled the bottle about a third full of water. Then she closed the lid and started shaking the hell out of it---and I mean shaking it hard for about 15 or 20 seconds. After dumping this soapy rice mixture out I couldn't believe it. The inside of the bottle looked and smelled like it was new!!! Not a speak of algae anywhere!

So if you have those pesky little stains in your water bottles now you know how to git rid of them. This really works great!!

Jul 10, 2002 8:03 AM