Real Advice: How To Properly Clean Your Water Bottle

We all use water bottles every day. Taking the time to really clean them is very important to your continued health. A dish washer will get them mostly clean, but every once in a while it’s a good idea to pull the bottle apart and really clean it. Here’s how we recommend cleaning your water bottle.

For this example, we’re using a Polar Insulated Water Bottle (one of our favorites).

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We’re starting with what looks like a clean bottle.

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It looks fairly clean at first, but there’s mold growing under that nipple.

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See the black notches? They’re the key to getting that nipple out in one piece.

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Firmly grasp the nipple and give it a good twist.

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The notches should slide behind the columns. This will allow the nipple to pull right out.

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It’s pretty easy to pull out, actually.

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See all of the nastiness? And this bottle has been through the dish washer!

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Thoroughly clean out the nipple.

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Carefully clean out the bottle lid as well.

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Don’t forget to scrub down inside that bottle!

For this example, I’m using scrub brushes from a Camelbak Cleaning System to get all of the gunk out. When you’re done cleaning, pop the nipple back in and enjoy your thoroughly cleaned water bottle!

10 Responses to Real Advice: How To Properly Clean Your Water Bottle

  1. Very good tip! Thank you Brian. I also use vinegar to clean my water bottle (don’t forget to rinse ^^).

  2. Tom Biggi says:

    Great tip! I checked one of mine .. then all. Well, they LOOKED clean at least from the outside.

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  4. pavepusher says:

    Doesn’t seem to work with the Performance branded bottels, the ‘notches’ (actually, they are ‘tabs’) are too darn big.

    On the gripping hand, CamelBak Podium bottle nozzles do come apart, and need to be cleaned periodically.

  5. Lynn says:

    good advice. but did you really leave your water running the entire time you were cleaning out the bottle? =/

  6. k nye says:

    Please turn off the water while you scrub! Every drop will count some day, and we should all get the habit now.

  7. Save water says:

    Don’t leave the water running

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