10 Easy Ways to Clean All of Your Reusable Water Bottles
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Got dirty water bottles?
Everyone wonders how to clean water bottles the right way, and I’m sharing the easiest and most effective ways to do it! We’ve all struggled with bottles piling up and cleaning them seems like a hassle, so with these simple techniques, you’ll be swimming in crystal clear water in no time!
1. Sanitize & get rid of funk with a vinegar soak.
If you didn’t know, white vinegar is capable of killing some bacteria and viruses. As a bonus, it even helps get rid of nasty smells. So if you’re due for a deep cleaning on your water bottle, soaking it with a vinegar solution is a safe and inexpensive way to sanitize it.
To do this, you should use about 1/4 cup of white vinegar and fill the rest of your bottle with water. Let it sit overnight, pour out in the morning and you’re ready for the next adventure! Unfortunately, this method is not a solution to killing COVID.
Hip Tip: Here are a bunch of other things vinegar can do around your home.
2. Or dump some boiling water in your water bottle.
If you’ve ever accidentally left your almost empty protein shake sit for way too long, you know how much of a struggle it is to scrub out that shaker cup or reusable water bottle.
Make your life easier by boiling some water and pouring it straight into the cup. Add some Dawn dish soap for even more heavy-duty cleaning. Shake and let sit for 1-2 hours and pour it out. When you rinse the cup, the gunk should clean right out in no time. Plus that awful smell will diminish, too.
3. Baking soda will also work magic overnight in your water bottle.
If you don’t have any vinegar on hand, baking soda and hot water will also do the trick! Just grab 2 heaping teaspoons and fill your water bottle with hot water. Give it a vigorous shake and let it sit overnight. Again, once you dump it in the morning, all that funky stuff should easily wash right out.
This is also a great and effective way to clean your water reservoir bladders. 🙌
4. Get rid of scuffs on your water bottles with a magic eraser.
With normal use, and oftentimes ending up on the bottom of the car floor, water bottles tend to withstand a lot of scuffs. By using a magic eraser, you can easily bring your water bottle back to new!
5. Get a brush actually designed for tall bottles.
- Find it on Amazon – $14.99
A good brush makes all the difference! I’ve had this S’well bottle brush for a couple of years now and while I know it’s on the pricier side for a brush, it’s incredibly well made and functional for cleaning even our tallest water bottles.
It easily reaches to the bottom, the stick part is made of sturdy stainless, and best of all, it’s level on the bottom so it can stand on its own to dry. Well worth the money and even more functional than a baby bottle brush!
6. Throw water bottles in the dishwasher.
While some of our favorite brands of water bottles like Thermoflask, Takeya, and Ozark Trail aren’t meant for the dishwasher, higher-end brands like Yeti and Hydro Flask actually are. In fact, I throw mine in the dishwasher about once a week to get a good, sanitary clean, and they all still look brand new! So no need to wash wisely if the brands can handle the heat. 😉
Hip Tip: Hop over here to see all the different brands of water bottles I reviewed and which one ended up being the best! Psst…the winner will shock you!
7. Use denture tablets to get rid of water bottle staining.
Denture tablets aren’t just for 95 and up. 😂 Surprisingly they’re also perfect for anyone who needs a good water bottle cleaning. Plus, they’re inexpensive so this is a fantastic way to get them clean and stain-free! Denture tablets are powerful little tablets that totally get rid of stains altogether!
In fact, I even tried it on my white coffee mugs, and low and behold they’re all stain-free too! 🙌 Just fill your reusable water bottle with warm (but not hot) water, drop a denture tablet or two, and leave it to sit for about an hour. When you’re ready to dump it out, the stains will wipe right off! Awesome!
8. And if those don’t work, turn to Bottle Bright.
Bottle Bright is an effective way to clean your water bottles and even gets rid of stains and odors too! Perfect for travel mugs, water bottles, or basically any hard to clean vessel, these little tablets are powerful stain-fighters! It’s even specifically made for bottles, is all natural, and biodegradable so you can feel good about using them…even if it’s every day of the week.
My Hip sidekick, Jen, swears by this product and it’s no wonder, because her before and afters of her stained water bottle is a total game-changer! Dirty bottles no more!
“I have shoved my hand down in that bottle and scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed and that stubborn stain was always still in there. I got Bottle Bright and all you do is throw a tablet in, let it fizz for 20 minutes, dump it out, and the thing is clean! No scrubbing at all – it’s completely amazing!” – Jen
9. Use a Q-Tip or straw brush for hard to reach places in your water bottle.
If you like to use a straw with your protein shake or have a lid with hard to reach places, using a brush cleaner specifically made for straws or even a Q-tTip will do the trick! You can either use soap or any of the other cleaning methods I listed above to soak your straws and/or lids prior to cleaning.
As a tip, baby bottle brushes also come with a mini cleaner, perfect for straws and smaller, hard to reach places.
10. Now that your water bottles are clean, let them drip dry!
The day I broke down and purchased this drying rack, my life became so much simpler… with cleaning, anyway. 😂 It goes over-the-sink and folds up when you’re done – total game-changer! And it will easily fit all of your family’s water bottles at once. 👏