How to wash your collapsible water bottle?
Collapsible water bottles are reusable and while their eco-friendly, they are not completely immune to developing unpleasant taste or order overtime if not cared for properly. Rinsing your reusable water bottle every after use and letting it air dry completely is one of the best ways to maintain it.
Collapsible water bottles are plastic-free water bottles that do not contain BPA. They are practical to use because they do not take so much space inside your bag. They are essentials for traveling and for on-the-go hydration because they can be folded or collapsed into smaller sizes and they offer a leak proof experience.
Fortunately, we can help reduce pollution by using reusable cups, mugs, containers and water bottles. Because you no longer need to throw your water bottle, you will need to wash and clean it in order for it to last longer. However, you might be wondering how to wash and clean it properly. We have here a few tips and recommendations that you can follow in order to maintain the quality of collapsible water bottles and in order to make it last.
Deep clean prior to using
Your collapsible water bottle or even just any water bottle needs to be cleaned first prior to using it because there may be dirt, dust particles or bacteria that may have collected in the surface or even on the inside. Afterall, your water bottle is your personal hygienic product.
For some, a simple wash with warm soapy water is already enough but for the brand Que, leading manufacturer of collapsible water bottles, using a scrub brush is ideal then boiling it in hot water for 15 minutes. This process ensures that the residues are completely removed. Since Que collapsible water bottles are made from food-grade silicone, you need not worry about the heat or temperature as they can withstand it.
Another tip from Que is to boil it in water for 15 minutes (make sure to remove the cap first) with a tablespoon of baking soda and then rinsing it thoroughly. Since not all collapsible water bottles are made equal, you will also need to read and check the labels if they can withstand extreme temperatures or the like.
Using an eco-friendly bottle brush
Just like cleaning any other water bottle, you may need a bottle brush. There are various eco-friendly bottle brushes that you can use to thoroughly clean the inside and hard to reach areas of your water bottle. You can use a soapy solution and use the brush to scrub thoroughly. Try also using soft-bristled brush to clean the caps and lids as well.
Using the dishwasher
Food-grade silicone collapsible water bottles can also be cleaned using a dishwasher. Make sure to check the labels and care instructions. However, your bottle still need some thorough cleaning so make sure to hand wash them from time to time for that squeaky clean.
Washing with warm soapy water
The very basic method in cleaning collapsible water bottles is to fill it with warm soapy water. Once filled, you can rub the bottle carefully and repeatedly. Make sure to wash it thoroughly and use mild soap.
Baking soda and vinegar
Baking soda and vinegar are 2 of the most common natural and organic cleaning agents that you can use to clean your collapsible water bottles. Fill your bottle with warm water, add baking soda or vinegar and shake vigorously. You can also use an old toothbrush to clean the lid and caps. Let the solution sit for a while and rinse.
More care tips
Since you are using your water bottle as a drinkware, you need to be extra careful about the cleaning solution that you are going to use to clean it afterwards. Never use bleach as this may damage your bottle and may leave a nasty smell.
For food-grade silicone collapsible water bottles, it does not matter what type of soap you use because silicone naturally leaves the inside of your container odor-free. Even if you switch from smoothies to plain water, these types of water bottle will never alter the taste or flavor. Yet, it is still best to wash it with warm water.
There are also several cleaning kits that are available online and in physical stores that you can use. Make sure also to read the cleaning care instructions and if you still feel that your collapsible water bottles is not clean enough, scrub, soak and repeat.
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