Bacteria best develops in warm, dark and moist environment. Some bacteria is harmless, but other kinds like coliform (a category including E. coli) can cause disease. One of the easiest personal-use items to become warm, dark and moist is your reusable water bottle. It’s extremely important to clean your water bottle at least once every day. There are certain behaviors that can speed up the process of bacteria growth in your water bottle. Ideally, you should clean and dry your bottle after each use.
1. Drink liquids other than water
Beverages other than water, especially sugary liquids, act as food for bacteria. When you let your water bottle sit around with residue from any sugary liquid, it calls microbes to the bacterial buffet and will cause faster growth inside the bottle. You should never drink from a bottle without cleaning and sanitizing it if you’ve left other liquids inside.
2. Leave your bottle almost empty
When you drink most of your water but leave a tiny amount at the bottom, that quickly creates humidity inside the container and traps it there. Remember, warmth and moisture are key contributors to bacterial growth. Not only is it safer to clean your water bottle when it’s nearly empty, but you would probably rather drink fresh, cold water.
3. Drink wearing Chapstick or lipstick
The water container isn’t the only part of the bottle that can be contaminated with bacteria. The mouthpiece or cap is an area you want to keep clean so you aren’t placing your mouth right where germs are growing. Taking a drink wearing chapstick or lipstick, creates another source of “food” for bacteria to feast on.
We know it’s difficult to find the time to thoroughly wash, sanitize and dry your own bottle throughout the day. Evive Station was created to make bottle sanitization more accessible to our members. During the cleaning cycle, your bottle is pressure washed and emptied of old liquid and rinsed with a heated chlorine solution. We also sanitize the cap to make sure you’re rid of all bacteria. When your bottle comes out of our clean and fill station, you can be sure you’re drinking clean, chilled, refreshing water.
Make sure you’re cleaning your bottle after each use! You can sign up as a member to drink clean with Evive!