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How to Clean Your Reusable Water Bottle

How to Clean Your Reusable Water Bottle
09/07/2020 Jordan
Reusable metal water bottle, reusable straws and bottle brush

How to Clean Your Reusable Water Bottle

It’s really easy to clean your reusable water bottle with these two simple methods:

A Quick Clean

When you use your bottle every day, a quick wash in hot soapy water will be enough to rinse it out before your next use. Fill the bottle with some of the soapy water, put the lid on and give it a shake. Wash the outside of the bottle too and then rinse everything with warm water and let it dry completely before your next use.


Don’t do the lid up too tight with hot water though – I did it once with my Chilly’s bottle and the water flew out when I opened the lid.

A Deep Clean

So this method is ideal for stainless steel reusable water bottles. Simply fill it halfway with equal parts water and distilled white vinegar. Put the lid back on and give it a few shakes, then leave it overnight for it to do its magic.

It goes without saying, the next day you should rinse it thoroughly with warm water and let it dry. You don’t want a mouthful of vinegary water.

Does Your Reusable Water Bottle Have a Straw?

This is where a bottle brush comes in handy. Just remove the straw and give it a good scrub in some hot soapy water. You can use baking soda as an abrasive if it needs a bit more work.

This quick video shows you how to clean your drinkware too.

How Often Should You Wash Your Reusable Water Bottle?

You should clean your reusable water bottle with hot water and dish soap after every use. Otherwise, it gets that musty smell which isn’t particularly pleasant when you bring it towards your nose when you take a sip.

Then give it a deep clean every week or so, depending on how much you’ve used it over the week.

Reusable Water Bottle Materials


Most of the reusable metal water bottles are made from aluminium or stainless steel. Always make sure the bottle you’re buying isn’t lined with plastic as it’s something manufacturers do to mask that tinny taste you sometimes get with metal.


Because glass is made from natural materials, there’s no danger of any nasties leaching into your water when your bottle heats up and cools down. The only issue? An obvious one, it could smash if you drop it.

Should You use a Reusable Plastic Bottle?

In our opinion, no. Although most reusable plastic bottles are BPA-free, manufacturers have replaced BPA with other things we don’t know about, which places a giant question mark over how they affect us.

Plus, if you need to use anything like baking soda as an abrasive when you clean them, you’re potentially scratching the surface of the bottle which is somewhere bacteria can grow.