Sometimes it is need to wash the plastic bottle by avoiding the rust from it. So that it is a summer season and water bottle is very important goods today. On the other hand we take some cool drinks and want to keep them for future.
This article teaches you how to clean plastic bottle.
- Hot soapy water works wonders to sanitise bottles.
- Do not overuse dish washing liquid as this could make it hard to remove all the bubbles!
- You can buy specialised sanitising tablets to ensure your bottles are extra hygienic.
We all know how convenient simply refilling a used water bottle can be – and how important it is to save resources by reusing or recycling glass bottles wherever possible. But how do you clean them first, to make sure they’re safely sanitized? This guide talks you through cleaning plastic bottles and explains how to clean a water bottle, so that you can reuse bottles safely and hygienically.
How to Clean Water Bottles
Possibly the easiest method for cleaning a water bottle or clean plastic bottle is to simply stick it in the dishwasher. However, cleaning water bottles by hand on a daily basis with dishwashing soap and hot water is just as easy and effective – if not more thorough! Follow these simple steps to make sure you have clean and hygienic water bottles:
1. How to clean water bottles:
- Fill the bottle with very hot water.
- Seal, shake, and discard around half the water.
- Add a pea-sized amount of Dettol, seal, and and shake again to create a lather.
- Squeeze or pour as much liquid as possible out through the nozzle or opening on the cap (if there is one) – this will help to clean the cap too.
- Rinse thoroughly.
- Leave to dry on draining rack.
- Rinse again before putting away or reusing.
2. Deep Clean Version: How to clean water bottles
- Dilute 1 teaspoon bleach and 1 teaspoon of baking soda in 4 litres of water.
- Fill bottle with the solution and leave overnight.
- Squeeze or pour solution out through nozzle or opening.
- Rinse very thoroughly, ensuring that all the cleaning solution is removed.
- Leave to dry on drying rack as before.
- Rinse again before reusing.
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 Plastic Bottles
To a certain extent, the techniques needed to clean plastic bottles depend on what they’ve been filled with previously. Oil, syrup and milk all leave slightly different residues behind.
Again, simply putting plastic bottles through the dishwasher is a cheap and low-effort method of sanitising them, but if this is not readily available to you, there are other ways of cleaning plastic bottles inside and out that are equally effective.
- Wash with hot water and Dettol dishwasher soap as with water bottles.
- Use a weak bleach solution, as with water bottles, but without the baking soda.
- Use specifically designed sanitising tablets. Drop one into a bottle full of warm water and leave for 15-30 minutes, then rinse and enjoy. Read and follow the product instructions to get the best results.
- Use a specially designed no-rinse sanitising solution in a bottle already cleaned with another method. Once again, read and follow the product instructions.
Cleaning plastic bottles and water bottles is a safe and environmentally friendly way of collecting re-sealable containers for future use. Just be sure to store them safely, and label them clearly!
How Can I Properly Clean my Hard Plastic, Glass or Stainless Steel Water Bottle?
No matter what kind of reusable water bottle you have, they all need to be cleaned. There are several ways to do so, including:
- Warm water and soap – This is just about the simplest way to wash your bottle. Add a few drops of dish soap and warm water to your water bottle, screw on the top and shake! Rinse the bottle out and leave open to air dry overnight.
- Dishwasher – Before throwing your bottle in the dishwasher, check the bottle for the dishwasher safe symbol. Most products are safe to place in the dishwasher but always double check so you don’t ruin your bottle. Make sure all pieces of the water bottle (top, straw, body) get cleaned.
- Vinegar – If your bottle is in need of a deeper clean after washing with soap and water, fill it 1/5 of the way with white vinegar and the rest with water. Let this mixture sit overnight and thoroughly rinse with water in the morning.
What if my Plastic Water Bottle is Discolored and Smelly?
A reusable plastic water bottle can develop a smell or slight discoloration over time if it isn’t properly cleaned after use. It can happen faster if the water bottle is stored in a wet area or kept sealed for a long period of time with water left in it. To stop this from happening, rinse your water bottle out after every use and let it air dry with the top off. If your bottle has already developed a smell, REI recommends that you add a teaspoon of bleach and a teaspoon of baking soda to the bottle and fill it with water. Let it sit overnight and rinse it out completely the next day, then let the bottle air dry.
Why Can’t I Reuse Disposable Plastic Water Bottles?
The disposable plastic water bottles that you get at a convenience store or out of a vending machine aren’t meant to be used more than once. Repeated washings of disposable water bottles can cause a physical breakdown of the plastic, posing a health risk to users.