Wash Your Reusable Water Bottles Daily

May 9, 2019

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Carrying a reusable water bottle is an economical and eco-friendly choice. By not lugging around one-time-use plastic bottles, you're reducing waste headed to landfills and saving money on water that flows for just pennies (or free) from your tap. As beneficial as these bottles are, they tend to lull you into a sense of false security. Since only water goes in them, there's a pervasive feeling that they don't need to be washed often. However that is a false fact. For one thing, people sipping from the nozzle frequently have traces of food in your mouth that can migrate to the bottle and the remaining water inside. Any germs in or around your mouth can also find their way into the supply. Those microbes can begin to proliferate in stagnant water, especially if it's left inside a hot car, in front of a sun-exposed window, or other places where a warm environment can contribute to their growth. Bottles can also pick up all the same germs transmitted by your hands during a typical day. To avoid contamination, it's best to wash your bottle daily with soap and water. Fill your bottles with water and dish soap and letit soak for several minutes. Also empty your bottles daily as leaving them filled with stagnant water for long periods of time can harbor bacteria that maybe harmful.

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SOURCE: Mental Floss

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