The Complete Guide to Keeping Your Water Bottle Clean

For most of us, cleaning out our water bottle at the end of the day isn’t a top priority, but dirty water bottle can be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. It’s important to have a cleaning routine for your water bottle to keep yourself safe and healthy. Your cleaning routine will be different depending on whether you have hard or soft water coming out of your tap, however. Most households in England and Ireland rely on hard water, while many families in Scotland drink soft water. Here’s everything that you need to know about the different types of water, how they affect your water bottle, and what you can do about it:

The Difference Between Hard and Soft Water

The rain that we gather from reservoirs in the ground is naturally hard. This means that it’s filled with dissolved minerals such as chalk, lime, calcium, and magnesium that seeped into the water as it filtered through the ground. Hard water is what most people prefer to drink when given a chance. Not only is it healthier, as it contains essential minerals, but it also has a somewhat sweet taste.

Soft water, unlike hard water, doesn’t contain minerals. This type of water has been treated so that it just contains sodium. This can make soft water taste somewhat salty, putting many people off of drinking it. Too much sodium in your diet can also lead to health problems, and so it’s best to avoid consuming more than your daily share.

How Hard and Soft Water Affect Your Bottle

While hard water might be most people’s preferred drink, anyone who’s ever used it for household chores knows that it can be a nightmare when cleaning. Hard water is the main culprit behind discoloured clothes, residue on clean dishes, and film on bathroom fixtures. All of the minerals that make it taste so great tend to cake and build up as the water evaporates, leading to a scummy surface over time. What’s more, the minerals in hard water prevent soap from lathering fully, making it harder to scrub away. Soft water, on the other hand, leaves no residue.

Cleaning Your Bottle

If you have hard water coming out of your taps, you’ll have to be sure to clean your water bottle frequently. You can start to see mineral buildup after just a single use. It’s best to thoroughly wash your water bottle after each use using soap, hot water, and an abrasive sponge. Try to avoid letting your bottle sit with hard water inside of it for a prolonged period.

If you have soft water in your home, on the other hand, it isn’t as important that you scrub your water bottle out after every use. While the water won’t leave mineral deposits, however, backwash, dirt, and other debris may leave a slimy algal build up over time. You should still aim to clean out your water bottle after each use using soap and hot water, but you can get away with doing it just once per day.

Whether you have hard water or soft water, it’s vital that you keep up a cleaning routine for your favourite water bottle. While hard water can leave residue over time, soft water can house germs and bacteria that may prove to be harmful to your health. It’s best to scrub your bottle out after each use whenever possible to keep it in its best shape.

 

By Jess Walters

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