Did you know water bottles that aren’t cleaned properly can host more bacteria than dog bowls and kitchen sinks?
Drink Bottles: Could Your Bottle be Harming Your Health?
Research has estimated that an athlete’s water bottle, on average, hosts around 313,499 colony-forming units (CFU) per square centimeter. For comparison, the average dog chew toy has just 2,937 CFU per square centimeter.* Now that’s a lot of germs in your bottle!
Experts say that you should give your drink bottles a thorough wash after each daily use. If you don’t, they can become a smelly, slimy breeding ground for bacteria and mould. This is why keeping your family’s water bottles clean and stored correctly is so important.
Tri Nature to the rescue!
There are 3 different ways to clean your drink bottles properly, and today I’m here to run you through each method:
If your bottles are dishwasher safe, take them apart and load them face down into your dishwasher. Add a scoop of Tri Nature’s Citrus Dishwashing powder to the machine dispenser, and start the cycle. The Award-Winning Citrus Dishwashing powder will not only clean the bottles but will also sanitise them for you (without leaving any residue)!
2. Sink Washing:
If your bottles are not dishwasher safe, then you will need to wash them in the sink, but don’t worry! We’ve got you covered here too.
Simply add 1 pump of Tri Nature’s Chamomile Dishwashing Liquid into each bottle and fill them three-quarters full with hot water. Screw the lid onto the bottle and give it a good shake. Using a bottle brush, give the inside a good scrub out. Rinse it clean until there are no more suds and then leave the bottle to air dry.
3. Full Sanitising Soak:
For bottles and mouthpieces that have hard-to-reach areas; or require a deep clean, fill a container with 10ml of Tri Nature’s Sanitiser to 1Lt water. Fully submerge the bottles and mouthpieces, then leave them to soak overnight.**
Clean them out the next morning using our Chamomile Dishwashing Liquid, and you’re done!
Pro Tip – In addition to the daily washing of drink bottles, we recommend putting your drink bottles in a full sanitising soak once a week, for best hygiene practice.
So there you have it; my quick and easy guide for keeping the water bottles in your household clean and hygienic, for good health and peace of mind. These 3 featured products above are a staple in my home and top of my “must-have” recommendations.
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*Data obtained from a study conducted by EmLab P&K (an environmental testing firm) in 2016.
**Sanitiser solution remains active for up to 24 hours.