Did you just purchase a set of promotional bottles for your organisation? The idea of a reusable water bottle is simple and appealing. Save money and be eco-friendly at the same time through the use of a reusable bottle. Just fill up your bottle each morning and throughout the day with water. Sounds fuss-free and straightforward right? Well, it is not quite so simple. You do need to wash and clean your bottles regularly.
Why You Should Clean Your Bottles Daily
Should you clean your bottles? I can safely assume that everyone will say yes to this. What is unclear though, is when and how often to clean your water bottle. The answer is every day. Spit and saliva around the mouthpiece of a bottle may easily be a breeding ground for germs which can make you sick. It is not just your saliva; bacteria can quickly breed from any food traces that you leave behind on the bottle. These food particles then make their way down to the water within the bottle, causing all sorts of germs to fester within the water over time.
When you rinse out your bottle, remember to rinse out the lid as well. Give both the lid and the mouth of a bottle a good rub with a sponge. If this is too hard, then use your hand to give it a good rub.
Do you Need Soap and Detergents?
Yes, you do indeed, need soap or detergents for a more effective clean. Cleaning the mouth and the lid of a bottle is easy. What about inside the bottle, which in my experience is almost impossible to reach. Well, use a bottle brush, or the very least soak the inside of your bottle, with fresh water and detergent. Fill up your bottle with water, add detergent, close the cap and give the bottle a good shake. Afterwards, leave for a few minutes. When done, rinse out a few times, and you are good to go.
A few easy steps to prevent you from getting sick through germs contaminated within your water bottle is time well spent.