Cutting down on plastic drinks bottles
With the continuing 'war on plastic', many people are switching from disposable water bottles to reusable metal bottles, or at least reusable plastic drinks bottles. This cuts down on plastic as well as having other environmental benefits such as a reduction in transport costs and pollution. Even if the discarded bottles don't end up as litter, it still saves the associated costs with recycling or disposing them. It is not advisable to reuse shop bought single use water bottles as they can leach chemicals and harbour bacteria.
Purpose built reusable water bottles are an ideal solution. Not only do they save the owner money, but they require less resources and vacuum bottles can keep your drinks cold (or hot).
Funky drinks bottles are a great alternative to single use water bottles
Keeping bottles clean and fresh
But reusable bottles do need looking after if you want to keep them hygienic and to avoid the possibility of an upset stomach. Here's our advice on keeping them as good as new:
- Bottles should be washed out when you return home and left to dry
- Don't put the lid back on the bottle until the interior of the bottle has dried out thoroughly to prevent the growth of mould
- If possible, try to store them with the lid open or off. If that's not practical, pour about one tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda into the bottle to keep odours at bay. This is partciularly important if the bottle is used infrequently. Rinse out before using again
- Once a month, give the bottle a thorough clean with Soda Crystals. Put up to 2 tablespoons of crystals in the bottle with hot water. Leave for 5 mins or up to 20 mins if the bottle has tannin stains from tea or coffee. If you do have a bottle brush, use that to ensure that any drinks residue is removed. Rinse out with hot water and leave to dry.