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Water Bottle Cleanning Solution....(15 posts)

Water Bottle Cleanning Solution....bent_spoke
Feb 25, 2003 9:52 AM
Seeing that previous post reminded me of something that I wanted to pass along. While spinning indoors, I noticed when I didn't finish a full bottle & poured the remains back in the Gatorade pitch that black specs would appear. At first I thought it might be do to the water from the Brita pitcher as it lets some charcol loose at times. I wrinse my bottle after each use & throw it in the dishwasher pretty regularly, so I didn't suspect the wb.

Eventually, I realized that the black specs were due to some gunk that was trapped btwn the wb stem & spout. I soaked in Polident denture cleaning solution with no luck (I use the Polident for a dental applicance...I'm not gezzing yet!!). Finally, I tried a pipe cleaner, which worked like a charm & got between the stem & the spout to get rid of the nasty black gunk. This stuff kinda grossed me out, exceeding my tolerance semi-clean stuff. Also, I didn't want to risk getting sick with something I could prevent. So pull the stem out of your wb & see if there is something nasty lurking inside.
re: Water Bottle Cleanning Solution....JS Haiku Shop
Feb 25, 2003 10:01 AM
are you indicating that you wash the bottle but not the cap?

the process for bottles found in my trunk after 3 months missing is to fill the bottle 1/5 with hot water and a cap's worth of bleach, shake shake shake, open the bottle "spout", squeeze the liquid out, and do the same thing over and over again with just hot water. works great with camelbak bladders that have been growing spore samples since 2001, also. :)
bleech works. nmafrican
Feb 25, 2003 10:14 AM
I rinse the cap ....bent_spoke
Feb 25, 2003 6:59 PM
from the posts (below) it sounds like I need to sanitize the wb. Does anyone know if the diswasher is hot enough to do this? Will it melt the bottle? thanks
I have also used the dishwasher with no problems nmJS Haiku Shop
Feb 26, 2003 6:32 AM
I soak them in the dishes after every use, rinse well. nmSpunout
Feb 25, 2003 10:16 AM
re: Water Bottle Cleanning Solution....jaybird
Feb 25, 2003 10:18 AM
Can you remove the moveable part of the valve without ruining the bottle? I have always run hot soapy / bleach water through it when I do clean my bottles but now you have me a little nervous.

I'll have to check it out when my wife is not around. I dont want to hear the "See, I told you so!" comment any more than I already do. :)
Solutions ...Humma Hah
Feb 25, 2003 10:23 AM
Hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, and hard booze are all pretty effective at killing black specs, but not removing them. Dump the sports drink, rinse, and put a teaspoon or two of one of these in and the scum usually won't form.

I've not had much luck with Polident and Efferdent, especially cleaning hydration bladders, which are a bit hard to get down in the cracks and crevices of.

Something mildy abrasive mixed with the solution, I'm thinking maybe ground cocoanut shell or other commercial blasting preparations, plastic beads, etc., might help strip the gunk off with aggitation.

I've had pretty good luck with a Water Pic dental cleaning appliance, although it tends to be messy if you're not careful.
Solutions ...jaybird
Feb 25, 2003 10:53 AM
If there is gunk in the bottle itself, the best thing I have used is hot water soap and a couple tablespoons of uncooked rice. Shake vigorously and that should clean them up really well. It doesnt do much for the valve though.
Mmmm, rice should do it ...Humma Hah
Feb 25, 2003 11:08 AM
... come to think of it, my own personal favorite, grits, should work as well.
Use bleach (nm)pmf1
Feb 25, 2003 10:55 AM
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According to my wife the bacteria fighter...dzrider
Feb 25, 2003 11:01 AM
The black stuff is mildew and comes from putting the water bottle away wet. The remedy for this is storing water bottles in the freezer where mildew can't grow. The cleaning methods described do work to rid the bottles of stuff visible to the naked eye, but that is not enough. Once mildew starts to grow you'd need some kind of sterilizer and high temperature dryer to be rid of it.

I've heard this lecture many times because my sons and I ignore it and rinse the bottles with bleach.
According to my wife the batafrican
Feb 25, 2003 12:55 PM
just kidding, I don't have a wife to call a bat yet.
bleech diluted with hot watermarco_esq
Feb 25, 2003 11:13 AM
try using bleech diluted with hot water and let soak for at least 20 min.
Bleach is effective, but ...Mel Erickson
Feb 25, 2003 12:57 PM
it's actually more effective in cold water than hot. Soaking in a bleach solution is a good sanitizer, it is not a sterilizer. If you brewed beer you would know this stuff. It's amazing what brewing beer will teach you.