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PT2: Water Bottles- How often do you wash them?(12 posts)

PT2: Water Bottles- How often do you wash them?filtersweep
Apr 7, 2003 3:16 PM
I'm just talking about WATER- not any magic potion you ride with...

I am guilty of going MONTHS without washing bottles- usually it is when the grime near the business end of a bottle becomes noticeably... um... dicey before I launch into washing it. I've gone ALL WINTER with a bottle in my gym bag (used every day) that has yet to be washed (granted I'll dump yesterday's water out before refilling).

Anyone else guilty of bottle neglect? Do you measure time in months? Seasons? Years?

Hey, the way I see it, it can only improve my immune system- screw all those anti-bacterial soaps, lotions, detergents, etc...
Ditto. I think SARS began in mine. nmpurplepaul
Apr 7, 2003 3:49 PM
After every ride. nmSpunout
Apr 7, 2003 3:54 PM
After every rideMikeBiker
Apr 7, 2003 4:00 PM
I have enough of them that I just stick um into the dishwasher after the ride and they get washed when the dishes do.

Rinse them until the black funk starts growing on...Juanmoretime
Apr 7, 2003 5:47 PM
the bottom, then bleach them.
Ditto, I do not use dish detergent or soap . . .ms
Apr 7, 2003 10:08 PM
to wash my bottles because I never can fully get the soap taste out of them. An occasional bleaching (once every season or so for pure water bottles, once every few weeks for the bottle in which I put Enervit) removes any black scum and does not leave a residue or aftertaste.
Anybody else have the lid melt on the heating element? nmpurplepaul
Apr 7, 2003 6:56 PM
You're supposed to wash them ???????Turtle Boy
Apr 7, 2003 9:29 PM
re: PT2: Water Bottles- How often do you wash them?gybeho
Apr 7, 2003 10:03 PM
Wash them? Why? Some people go to extreme lengths to score some of that black funk mold! hehe.

Reminds be back in my junior days. I lost a bottle full of O.J. in the garage for a couple of days (weeks?). Living in the nice central valley of CA, it got nice and hot. The result? Mimosa! yum, yum. My very first foray into homebrewing! Man, that stuff rocked...

My wife washes them when she looks inside and grabs juniors microscope.
I am not alone--filtersweep
Apr 8, 2003 5:21 AM
That is always the issue: wife asks "do you EVER wash those bottles? " or says "someday you are going to get very sick from those"

The real issue is getting that soap taste out of them- I'm not a big fan of drinking out of plastic in the first place
Rinse them and freeze them. nmdzrider
Sep 23, 2002 8:20 AM
when they're new.jw25
Apr 8, 2003 9:05 AM
Every time I get a new bottle, I rinse it with hot tap water (apartment bldg's water is HOT - scalding from the tap) for 30 seconds or so, then add a tablespoon of baking soda, fill it full of hot water, cap it and let it sit overnight.
This gets the worst of the plastic taste out, and the rest is masked by sports drink.
After that, I rinse them under a hot tap as soon as I finish a ride. I wash the outside, but the inside gets the hot water treatment only. Dish soap tastes nasty, and it's hard to rinse out completely.
I do wash the lids, though, and rinse thoroughly. They're where the black spots start growing for me.
If a bottle does start growing (it's hard to rinse them out after a race, for example) I do the hot water rinse, and then add some hydration pack cleaner and hot water, and let sit overnight. Then a quicl scrub with a bottle brush, and they're clean with no nasty tastes.