How to Thoroughly Clean Your Stainless Steel Water Bottle – Healthy Human

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  • F Pacaud

Nov 7, 2021

    F Pacaud Nov 7, 2021

    “I have a 58 oz stainless steel water bottle that I did not know how to clean effectively. I have had it for over a year and was only able to clean it superficially. I was washing the bottle about once a week or every two weeks; I am so glad I found this.” …” more

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The simple lid cleaning process

Cleaning your metal water bottle is really as simple as that. But what about the lids? People often neglect cleaning the lids of their water bottles. The lids are important to clean because they collect a lot of dust and other bacteria throughout the day as you touch the top of the water bottle frequently. Luckily, the lids are just as easy to clean as the bottles.

To start cleaning your lid, gather the following items:

  • Baking soda
  • Dish soap
  • Q-tips

Cleaning your metal water bottle’s lid

  1. First, you need to fill a bowl with hot water and baking soda.
  2. Soak the lids and caps in the hot water and baking soda for approximately 2-3 hours.
  3. After 2-3 hours have passed, rinse out the lids with hot water and dish soap.
  4. Use Q-tips to clean any other hard to reach areas within the lid.
  5. Rinse fully with hot water and your lid should be good to go.

3 methods of washing your stainless steel bottle by hand

If, after washing it every day, your bottle still

If, after washing it every day, your bottle still isn’t as fresh as it could be, try our top 3 methods of washing and sanitising your stainless steel bottle.

Smoothies and Juice

Since these are insulated, taking a fresh juice or smoothie for the road is pretty common. Throw some ice in and your juice will stay cold all day.

Definitely want to rinse your bottle out as soon as you’re done though.

The bottles are super easy to clean, usually a water rinse will do it, but if you leave smoothie/juice in it you’re probably going to have to use a brush to clean it perfectly… or the easy way let it soak with soap and water overnight.

A Note About Dishwashers

Our bottles clean very easily, so there’s no need for a dishwasher. And some dishwashers are crazy hot!

With the insulated design, there is a vacuum sealed hollow pocket in between the inner and outer walls of the bottle. It’s probably OK to use in most dishwashers, but there is a chance it could damage the bottle and make the insulation a little weaker.

I probably wouldn’t put the cap in the dishwasher, this would likely damage the bamboo top and the silicon gasket.

Step 5: Baking Soda and Water Soak

Another method that works really well is to add one or two heaping teaspoons of baking soda and warm water into the water bottle and let that soak for a few hours.   After the soak wash vigorously with soap and water and reassess.

Step 3: Wash in Dishwasher

Stainless steel water bottles are dishwasher safe.  Put the water bottle into the dishwasher for a full “hot” cycle.  The high temps and strong(er) dishwasher detergent may result in success. If you’ve still got funk, read on.

2. Baking soda

Use baking soda for an extremely thorough clean to get rid of any grime and mildew that may have built up inside.

  • Put a teaspoon amount of baking soda into the bottle.
  • Fill the rest up with water.
  • Scrub the inside of the lid with the baking soda solution too.
  • Let the bottle sit overnight and then rinse it out with water the next morning.

How Do You Clean a Stainless Steel Travel Mug?

The best travel mugs are made from stainless steel, but these aren’t able to go safely in the dishwasher. It’s not too difficult, though, to simply clean this drinkware by hand instead.

What you’ll need:

– Baking soda – White vinegar or apple cider vinegar – Warm water – Dish soap – Pipe cleaner – Measuring cup – Tablespoon – Drying rack or towel

Here’s how to clean a stainless steel travel mug:

  • Step One: Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda and ¼ cup of white vinegar and apple cider vinegar. Pour it into your mug.
  • Step Two: Let the mixture sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Use that time to wash the lid separately with warm water, soap, and a pipe cleaner.
  • Step Three: After the lid is dry, put it back on the mug. Shake the mixture around.
  • Step Four: Pour out the mixture and rinse it out with warm water.
  • Step Five: Turn the mug and lid upside down and place them on a clean towel or drying rack.

Why Should You Clean Your Reusable Drinkware?

                      Bacteria likes to hide in yo

Bacteria likes to hide in your water bottles, tumblers, and travel mugs. Even if you think you’re cleaning them thoroughly, it’s still a good idea to do a deep cleaning.

Substances to clean your bottle

And here are a few substances you can use to clean your bottle:

  • Baking soda
  • Bleach
  • Dish soap
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • White vinegar 

Do a deep clean!

If you’re in a rush, doing a quick clean as mentioned above should do the trick. However, it’s suggested that you should do a deep clean at least once per month depending on how often you use your water bottle. If you use your water bottle daily, you might want to deep clean your bottle weekly.

Deep cleaning your metal water bottle

To deep clean your metal water bottle, it’ll require a bit more time and attention. Consider utilizing these two ideas below for deep cleaning your water bottle.

  1. Fill your metal water bottle with boiling water and let it sit overnight. In the morning, rinse out the water bottle and wash intensely with dish soap. The boiling water will disinfect germs and get unwanted bacteria out.
  2. Consider getting a bottle brush. A bottle brush helps you clean hard to reach areas and scrubs the bottom and sides of your water bottle. Just fill your metal water bottle with boiling water and mix in some dish soap. Then, use your bottle brush to get a good scrub in. The bottle brush will get any mold that’s accrued over time out quickly.

By using either of these two cleaning methods, you’ll ensure your water bottle is free of bacteria and any built-up mold. To deep clean the lids, you can and should soak the lids in boiling water overnight, as well. It works like magic!

How to disinfect water bottles for a deep clean

While cleaning your bottle daily will get rid of the germs that build up daily, give your bottle a deep clean every-so-often to make sure you’re killing any nasty bacteria that may be lingering. These steps walk you through how to disinfect a bottle effectively.

  1. Squeeze or pour the solution out through nozzle or opening

    Rinse very thoroughly, ensuring that all the cleaning solution is removed.

Remember: Follow the safety guidelines on the label when using bleach and be sure it has thoroughly been rinsed out of any bottle before drinking from them again.

How to clean glass water bottles and glass jars

To a certain extent, the techniques needed to clean glass bottles depend on what they’ve been filled with previously. Oil, alcohol, syrup and milk all leave slightly different residues behind.

Again, when it comes to knowing how to clean bottles and sterilise water bottles, simply putting them through the dishwasher is a cheap and low-effort method. However, if this is not readily available to you, there are other ways of cleaning glass bottles and jars inside and out that are equally effective.

  1. Wash with hot water and dishwasher soap

    Use good quality soap and thoroughly wash, as with other water bottles.

  2. Use specifically designed sanitising tablets

    Drop one into a bottle full of warm water and leave for 15-30 minutes, then rinse and enjoy the results. Read and follow the product instructions to get the best finish.

Cleaning your bottle without bleach

The safest and least abrasive method to cleaning your bottle is to use one of the following methods: straight white distilled vinegar or making a paste with baking soda and water.

How to clean your water bottle with vinegar:

This all-natural cleaner is great for killing certain germs and bacteria, and also removes stains. To clean your bottle with vinegar, use the following five steps:

  1. Rinse your water bottle with hot water.
  2. Fill your bottle one-fifth of the way with white vinegar (or dilute 1-2 tablespoons of the vinegar with a cup of water) and fill the rest with water.
  3. Let it sit in your bottle for 10 minutes.
  4. Rinse the bottle until the odor of vinegar is gone completely.
  5. Let the bottle air dry.

How to clean your water bottle with baking soda and water:

If you’re not a fan of the smell of vinegar, you might consider using baking soda to clean your bottle. To clean your bottle with baking soda, use the following five steps:

  1. Create a paste with baking soda and water.
  2. Apply the paste to the inside of your bottle with the cleaning brush of your choice.
  3. Let the paste sit on the inside wall of the bottle for 15 minutes.
  4. Rinse the bottle with hot water until the baking soda paste is completely removed from the bottle.
  5. Let the bottle air dry.

How to clean your water bottle with hydrogen peroxide or dish soap:

If you’re not a fan of vinegar and you don’t have any baking soda lying around, you can also use hydrogen peroxide or mild dish soap. First, rinse the bottle with hot water; apply the peroxide or dish soap; use a brush or sponge to remove any grime or build-up; then rinse the bottle until the solution is completely gone. Then just let the bottle dry.


Note: Our stainless steel water bottles are not dishwasher safe.

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