How to Clean a Water Bottle with Vinegar + with Baking Soda

how to clean a water bottle with vinegar or baking soda

Water bottles often times have tight corners and twists that may not be easy to clean. How then do we prevent the growth of bacteria and other microbes? In this section, we will be looking at all you need to know—the tips and techniques—of how to clean your water bottle with vinegar or baking soda.

How to clean a water bottle with vinegar

There are two types of vinegar—the apple cider vinegar and the white vinegar. Which do you think works best for cleaning bottles?

First, you need to know that there’s a vinegar type that’s made especially for cleaning. This vinegar type is achieved when the food-worthy vinegar is distilled. So, you get cleaning vinegar.

You can get cleaning vinegar in stores close to you. But then, never should you use it for cooking! To work with vinegar—the distilled white vinegar—pour it into your water bottle.

It should only fill the bottle to the half mark. After that, top the volume with water. Replace the cap to the mouth of the bottle and then, give it a good shake.

Leave the bottle closed for the night. You can pour out the vinegar mix later the next day. After that, use warm water to rinse out the vinegar mix.

Repeat the rinsing process until you are certain that all of the vinegar mix is gone. After that, set the bottle on a rack so that it dries.

How to clean a water bottle with baking soda

If you probably hate how vinegar smells after you have used it to clean your water bottle, then you should try out the baking soda and bleach mix.

It can even help you get rid of any stubborn smell—especially when you pour in a liquid that isn’t water into your water bottle—and stubborn mildew.

Let’s see how you can work with the powerful mix.
  • Set your water bottle on a sturdy surface.
  • After that, pour in a teaspoon of baking soda into the bottle.
  • Add in some water until it reaches the halfway mark.
  • Add some bleach to the solution, but that should only fill up the bottle by a quarter.
  • Add water to top up the bottle completely.
  • Set the cap of the bottle on the head and then, leave it overnight.
  • Let out the water the next day. Then, you can rinse out the mixture’s remains with ordinary water. You should preferably work with warm water.
  • After rinsing the bottle, set it on a rack so that it can dry out.

Baking soda is usually used alongside bleach. Baking soda fills the bottle to the half mark, the bleach to the quarter mark, and water to the next quarter mark.

Seal the bottle when you are done with that and leave overnight. Ensure that you keep the bottle sealed though.

After getting rid of the mixture the next day, ensure that you rinse the interiors thoroughly—two or three times if possible.

You could also rewash it in your dishwasher. This technique helps to completely get rid of the bleaching agent. Finish the procedure by setting the bottle on a wire rack to dry.

How to clean water bottle with vinegar and baking soda

Vinegar and baking soda aren’t used together when it comes to cleaning water bottles. Vinegar alone is good for cleaning bottles and doesn’t need any other help. If you are going to use baking soda, what you need to add is a bleaching agent.

Cleaning with warm water

Water bottles with small mouths can be cleaned with the aid of warm water and any washing liquid of your choice.

Create lather with the water and washing liquid. Pour the soapy water into the bottle. Then, use a soft sponge or brush to clean the interiors.

If working with a sponge, you could just throw it into the bottle, replace the cap, and then, shake it vigorously. That way, the sponge can clear off the dirt.

When you are done, pour out the water. The sponge usually would come running out too. Rinse the bottle with clean water. Rinse until you do not see bubbles inside the bottle.

Lastly, leave the bottle on a rack to dry upside down.

Toss the bottle into the dishwasher

This option would have been perfect for all water bottles, but then, not all are dishwasher-friendly. Bottles with insulated or coated bodies should be washed with your hands.

However, if your water bottle doesn’t fall in either category, you could use a dishwasher. Fill the machine with some warm water, add any washing liquid of your choice, and then, start the machine.

How to prevent bacteria, mildew and mold in water bottle

Here are some natural tips that you can work with to prevent the buildup of bacteria, mildew, and other microbes within your bottle;

  • When you are done with your water bottle—at the end of the day—ensure that you set it on a board with its head down. That way, the little water that’s left can drain out.

Note that it’s that little water that’s left that encourages the growth of mildew and mold.

  • Ensure that you always wash your water bottles every day. It may be stressful working with the second and third procedures, but then, the first—the use of sponges and cleaning liquid—can be done easily.

You could also work with your dishwasher.

P.S: If you have a dishwasher at home, ensure that you always buy dishwasher-safe bottles.

  • The baking soda and bleach mixture should only be used when you want to do a deep clean of your water bottle.

Even after rinsing the bottle, the constituents of the bleach may not leave entirely. So, to protect your body, stick with the soap and sponge option more.

  • If you can pick out the spots of mold within your bottle, you might need to do a physical scrubbing. Get a thick-bristled brush with a long and slim handle.

Then, brush out the mold from the surface of the bottle.

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