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Best way to clean water bottles

Old 09-09-05, 02:35 PM
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Best way to clean water bottles

I opened one of my water bottles today and it looked like a science project gone wrong (I guess I shouldn't have left it in the trunk). Any ideas on what to use to get the bottle clean without leaving a bad taste? I don't have a dishwasher.
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Old 09-09-05, 02:48 PM
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Let it soak in soapy water for a few days. If that doesn't help, trash it.
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If it's really bad, throw it away (recycle if you possibly can). Sometimes I swear the mold or whatever plants roots in the plastic. If it is salvageable get one of those glass washing things (puffy sponge on a stick) to scrub the inside well... and rinse. . . oh yea, and be sure to use soap as this is important. Leave it upside down to dry. That is all.
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If it smarts to be constantly adding stinky bottles to landfills to landfills plunk down the cash for a SIGG. You'll only need a new one every 5 years or so (or maybe with each frame you pass through/collect, colours!) You'll never need to worry bout a funky taste, even if you only rinse it out. Mines gone water, beer, beer, orange juice, water, wine, water with just rinses and no funky taste to the water. They truly rule all bottles.
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One of my kids didn't rinse out gatorade from one of my favorite bottle (32 oz, wide mouth, clear) and it grew mold. To get rid of the mold, I soaked it overnight with a strong bleach solution, rinsed, re-soaked with hot soapy water, rinsed and air dried. My kids now use their own bottles.
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I once forgot to take my bottle off my bike...SEVERAL days later...yuck!! I opened it at arms length and rinced it out with hot water. Then soaked it in a bleach solution as mentioned for two nights then threw it in the dishwasher. I did however replace the lid...just never could get over the "once had mold on it and I'm gonna put it in my mouth" thought. If it hadn't been my favorite polar bottle, I would have just chucked it. I can't remember how many sippie cups I've chucked over the years (kid throws cup behind the couch...4 months later...ewwww...)
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my polar bottle has some blackish looking stuff at the bottom. For the love of me, I try to get it out but had many failed attempts.

What should I do? Trash it???
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if you try and get it out and it doesn't come out, that tells me it won't come out ever. Just keep drinking from it. it is fine.

Seriously, though, I would trash it.
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This probably won't work for bottles abused by long term biology experiments with fungi and molds, but does work for routine maintenance.

I put in a couple tablespoons of uncooked rice and a small amount of soapy hot water and shake vigorously. The rice acts as a scrubber.
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Originally Posted by gurana
if you try and get it out and it doesn't come out, that tells me it won't come out ever. Just keep drinking from it. it is fine.

Seriously, though, I would trash it.
So should I trash it? Its kind of small blackish spots that I cant reach with anything to get them out. Should I pour bleech and shake like a madman? Can I do this before I ride or is it an overnight thing?

Am I at harm of using this bottle? I really like the Polar bottles I left some Gatoride in it for like a day or two and this happened ((((((
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20 - 1 (or so) bleach solution. Let is soak overnite. rinse, soap, repeat.

It is possible to do right before a ride. Use more bleach.

no problem.

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Originally Posted by DinoShepherd
20 - 1 (or so) bleach solution. Let is soak overnite. rinse, soap, repeat.

It is possible to do right before a ride. Use more bleach.

no problem.

-Z
thanks! Isn't bleach toxic? I might get sick?? So a bit of bleech and water, then rinse like a madman?

Thanks Im going to try it today after work
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Yes, drinking bleach is not good for you. So don't drink the bleach. Just rinse the bottle with a bleach solution. Rinse a few times.

Bleach is a relatively mild disinfectant and can be used as a water purifier when diluted sufficiently.

If you can't smell or taste the bleach in the bottle you are good to go.

Really, you won't die or get sick.

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Put in a couple of tsp of baking-soda (bicarbonate of soda), fill with water and let soak overnight - that's how Our Mum used to clean out Thermos™ flasks…

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Originally Posted by DinoShepherd
Yes, drinking bleach is not good for you. So don't drink the bleach. Just rinse the bottle with a bleach solution. Rinse a few times.

Bleach is a relatively mild disinfectant and can be used as a water purifier when diluted sufficiently.

If you can't smell or taste the bleach in the bottle you are good to go.

Really, you won't die or get sick.

-Z
Thank you very much, I wasn't implying on drinking the bleech but rinsing it a couple of times might leave some bleach in there and that was what I was worried about

Thanks for the help!
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Originally Posted by ovoleg
Thank you very much, I wasn't implying on drinking the bleech but rinsing it a couple of times might leave some bleach in there and that was what I was worried about

Thanks for the help!
Roger that.

Say hi to CSUN for me.

V/R,

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Take the bottle and fill with water and add 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar, let sit for about 1/2 hours and rinse and dry thoroughly.
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Originally Posted by DinoShepherd
Roger that.

Say hi to CSUN for me.

V/R,

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Everyone at CSUN? I am actually going to try a club ride with SFVBC on Sat morning, it'll be something liek 40 miles with some hills. Should be fun, starts at CSUN

I hope this works
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Originally Posted by DinoShepherd
Yes, drinking bleach is not good for you. So don't drink the bleach. Just rinse the bottle with a bleach solution. Rinse a few times.

Bleach is a relatively mild disinfectant and can be used as a water purifier when diluted sufficiently.

If you can't smell or taste the bleach in the bottle you are good to go.

Really, you won't die or get sick.

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Actually Bleach is a very stong disinfectant
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I use about 1-2 tbsp of baking soda and very hot water - let it sit for a while. If you shake it, be sure to point the top away from your face. That takes the stink out of the plastic.

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Bleach is not a mild disinfectant. It is one of the strongest antiseptic agents there is. A dilute bleach solution (say, 1/2 or 1 teaspoon in one liter of water) will KILL everything in your water bottle. Just leave it soaking overnight, rinse a couple of times and you're good to go. Drinking a bunch of pure bleach (especially ones with detergent or "fresh scent" perfumes) is not good for you. On the other hand, most municiple water supplies are treated with bleach to keep the water clean. Swimming pools? Yup - bleach. Forget soap. Forget baking soda. Skip the boiling water. Bleach will make your water bottles sterile.


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Yes, drinking bleach is not good for you. So don't drink the bleach. Just rinse the bottle with a bleach solution. Rinse a few times.

Bleach is a relatively mild disinfectant and can be used as a water purifier when diluted sufficiently.

If you can't smell or taste the bleach in the bottle you are good to go.

Really, you won't die or get sick.

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yes i'm in the food industry and bleach is the standard i believe it's 200-250 ppm for 30 seconds is the law here in pa.
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I thought grappa was the strongest antiseptic there was.
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Two words: Sodium Percarbonate

https://www.chemistrystore.com/sodium_percarbonate.htm

Also sold in homebrewing stores under the name "B-Brite"
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Somebody needs to shut this thread down and quick. It is getting pretty ugly in here.
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