Today we’re celebrating National Refill Day, initiated by the Refill Campaign to encourage people to ditch single-use plastic water bottles and invest in reusable ones, in order to reduce the harmful impacts of plastic on the environment. You might already have one, but if you’re not sure how to keep your reusable water bottle super clean and hygienic, read on and we’ll tell you how.
Empty it every day
Even if you just use your bottle for plain water, it’s important to empty it every day to prevent a lingering taste to be left behind. If left long enough, mould can begin to grow which can be a health hazard.
Remember to wash your water bottle every day even if you use it for nothing but water. Throughout the day, bacteria from your mouth will collect around the opening so it’s important to wash your bottle after each use. Use hot soapy water and let it air dry completely, or put it in the top rack of the dishwasher if it’s dishwasher safe.
If your bottle has a straw, it can be quite hard to reach the inside of it. Raid your child’s craft box and find yourself some pipe cleaners. These are perfect for inserting inside straws to gently scrub, helping to keep them squeaky clean. Squeeze in a little washing up liquid for an even better clean.
Salt ‘n’ shake
It’s a good idea to give your water bottle a deep clean every once in a while. Go the natural route and add a little white vinegar along with some coarse sea salt, put the lid on and give the bottle a good shake. Top up with water and leave to stand overnight. Rinse well the next day and it should be smelling and looking lovely and fresh.
To really get your bottle sparkling clean, add about a centimetre’s depth of baking soda and top up with hot water. Replace the cap, shake for 60 seconds, leave to stand for half an hour then rinse.