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Water Bottle cleanliness(14 posts)

Water Bottle cleanlinessjaybird
Feb 24, 2003 1:22 PM
This past weekend my wife and I got into a funny discussion about when to wash a water bottle. My position is that if I had anything but water in it or it is covered in road/offroad gunk, I wash it otherwise I leave the thing alone... The lovely bride on the other hand washes hers after every use no matter what... And she is totally grossed out by my water bottle cleanliness... I just don't see the point in washing out after having only water in it.

We have had similar discussions relating to the bathroom, the kitchen and laundry. I should note that we have only been married and living together for just over a year... She'll learn eventually :) (yes, I know better than to say that, but she doesn't read this board)
I've been married 20 years.Listen to your wife(nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Feb 24, 2003 1:25 PM
15 years. Listen to your wife.look271
Feb 24, 2003 7:38 PM
There will be many battles. Let her win this one. Besides, I usually just pop mine in the dishwasher when I've got a full load for it. The heat doesn't melt the plastic and you have a nice clean bottle with very little effort.
to each his or her own nmDougSloan
Feb 24, 2003 1:31 PM
re: Water Bottle cleanlinessMR_GRUMPY
Feb 24, 2003 1:55 PM
I wash out my bottles at least once a year, and I won't drink water that's been in a bottle for over 30 days.
If your wife will clean it for you then your set dont worry! nmthe bull
Feb 24, 2003 1:59 PM
I rinse them after every ride, wash them every now and then nmBruno S
Feb 24, 2003 2:19 PM
Reminds me of a "tasteful" storyAllUpHill
Feb 24, 2003 6:17 PM
Someone once told me about her attempted ride of the entire Blue Ridge Parkway with a fellow that got violently ill midway through. They had to take him to the nearest hospital, and while he was there, she or someone else pulled his camelback bladder out. It was infested with all manner of black, green, colorful bacterial growth, so thick and profuse that you could no longer see light through the plastic.

I'm sure this was due to him leaving the residue of something other than water in the bladder for many days, possibly accumulating over a period of years although I don't see how you could fail to taste something a little bit unusual...
Ooh, I've got a [fourth-hand] story....PseuZQ
Feb 24, 2003 9:00 PM
Read this on the Internet so it must be true:

Group of guys went out for a ride after it rained. A few days later one of the guys got really, really sick for no readily apparent reason. They finally remembered that the guy rode through some road kill and splatlets from the squished, decaying corpse got on his bottles.

Wash mine after every use and add a couple drops of bleach every now and then.
Dishwasher after every rideDMoore
Feb 24, 2003 7:37 PM
I don't know if it's necessary, but why take any chances? I must have at least 2 dozen assorted bottles, and I never resuse a bottle without washing it first.
Dishwasher after every ridemoabbiker
Feb 25, 2003 2:27 AM
Just pour yourself some nice alcoholic beverage inside, no fear of muck growing. Seriously, that's why people used to drink booze way back then, as no water source was guaranteed safe.
..teach her how to degrease and lube your chain! nmSpunout
Feb 25, 2003 5:37 AM
re: Water Bottle cleanlinessjaybird
Feb 25, 2003 6:20 AM
Thanks for all of the responses. I was just looking for a consensus on when y'all wash your bottles. She does wash my bottles every chance she gets... It's amazing how fast the sink fills up with bottles with 2 people in the house...

Thanks again!
Try performance drinks....they work!!! [nm]bent_spoke
Feb 25, 2003 7:27 AM