Drink Bottles: Could Your Bottle be Harming Your Health?
Did you know water bottles that aren’t cleaned properly can host more bacteria than dog bowls and kitchen sinks?
Research has estimated that an athlete's water bottle, on average, hosts around 313,499 colony-forming units (CFU) per square centimetre. For comparison, the average dog chew toy has just 2,937 CFU per square centimetre.* 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 familys’ 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 at 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 mouth pieces 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 to put 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.