Maybe you don’t think a lot about cleaning your water bottle. After all, it’s just water, right? You might not think it needs to be washed that often — until it starts to smell funky. Here are some quick and easy ways to remove those smells.
1. Only Use for Water
Yeah, you might want to pour some juice or tea in there. But if you keep it to water, you’ll have much less of a problem with odors. No matter how well you think you’ve rinsed it out, putting anything in your water bottle — besides water — will contribute to the smell.
2. Boiling Water
If your bottle starts to get yucky, try the boiling water trick. Bring some water to a rigorous boil, then pour it right into that (metal) water bottle and put the lid on. Let it sit overnight to kill any bacteria. In the morning, add a drop of dish soap and give it a good shake — then rinse. You can do another boiling water soak if you like.
3. Baking Soda
4. Use a Bottle Brush
Whether you use plain dish soap, a baking soda solution, boiling water, or just throw it in the dishwasher, you are usually better off using a bottle brush on your water bottle to make sure to get all those nooks and crannies cleaned out. And no matter how you choose to wash, soak, or rinse, letting your water bottle dry thoroughly is your best defense against mold and mildew.