What’s the Best Reusable Water Bottle? (Page 7)

How to Clean Your Reusable Water Bottle

How to Clean Your Reusable Water Bottle

Water bottles provide an ideal home for mold and bacteria, which thrive in moist environments. Plastic is more prone to bacterial growth because it can crack and get scratched—those nicks provide perfect nooks for bacteria to take root. Some bottles are dishwasher-safe, but even a dishwasher can’t reach the insides of a built-in straw or the far depths of a narrow-mouthed bottle. A bottlebrush helps to scrub some of those recesses. Wide-mouth bottles are easier to clean. The Square, by Clean Bottle, offers a stainless-steel design that unscrews from both ends for full cleaning access. Fizzy cleaning tablets, such as Bottle Bright by Clean Ethics, can clean hard-to-reach spots. Air-dry both the cap and bottle completely to prevent bacterial growth.

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