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How to Clean a Stainless Steel Water Bottle

A durable, long-lasting water bottle is a smart investment no matter your lifestyle. Whether you consider yourself the adventurous type or you just want to hold yourself accountable to drink more water, a nice stainless steel bottle is a handy accessory that can keep you hydrated, no matter where you’re headed.

It’s also a smart way to be more eco-friendly; ridding your life of single-use plastic can help you live more sustainably and feel confident about your effort to save the planet. 

But if you want to make the most of your stainless steel water bottle investment, it’s important to understand how to clean your bottle. A proper handle on the cleaning process allows you to get rid of germs without damaging the stainless steel material so that you can keep using it for years to come.

Daily Clean 

If you’re using your water bottle on a regular basis, it’s wise to give it a gentle cleanse every day. This is also important to keep in mind if your stainless steel water bottle smells; a daily cleaning can help get rid of the odor and eliminate bacterial growth. 

For a quick daily clean, put a teaspoon of dish soap in the bottom of your bottle and cleanse with hot water. You can let it soak overnight, or wash it immediately with a bottle brush. Once you’ve finished cleaning, rinse and let air dry. 

Deep Clean 

If you’re looking for a deeper clean, but want to stay away from chemicals and cleaning agents, consider the following recommendations:

  • Baking soda. Mixing warm water and baking soda is a simple way to remove mildew, stains, mineral build-up, and lingering odors that may surface if you’re using your stainless steel water bottle regularly. Baking soda is a disinfectant and it has antimicrobial properties, making it the ideal antibacterial wash for a deep clean. 
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    All you have to do is add a teaspoon of baking soda to your water bottle, then fill it with warm water. Let soak for about 15 minutes, then rinse.


  • Vinegar. For another non-toxic option, try vinegar. The idea of cleaning with vinegar may be concerning at the forefront (considering its scent) but this solution has been relied on for decades, if not centuries, for its cleaning properties. White vinegar is the mildest type and will be less likely to linger, so make sure to keep this in mind. 

  • Add two tablespoons of distilled white vinegar to the bottom of your bottle. Fill the bottle with warm water, then close the cap to shake. Remove the cap and clean with a brush, rinse, and let dry before the next use. 

    How to Clean Water Bottle Lids and Straws 

    Lids and straws are two accessories that may need more care based on their composition; if you don’t pay particular attention to the small crevices in your lids and straws, you may find yourself dealing with mold and mildew.

    Use a small bristled brush to clean your lids and straws with soapy water. In most cases, you can also place these accessories in the dishwasher for a deep clean. 

    Grab a Stainless Steel Water Bottle from Tru Flask

    Are you ready to invest in your health and environmental stability? At Tru Flask, we have a collection of double-walled and insulated stainless steel water bottles that are built with durability and easy hydration in mind. 

    Tru Flask cares greatly about your safety as well, which is why we chose stainless steel over plastic. Free of BPA and other harmful chemicals that show up in plastic products, you can rest assured that you’re only ingesting the liquid in the bottle and nothing more. 

    All of our water bottles are available in different sizes and colors so you can find one that matches your style. So whether you’re preparing for a strenuous hike or you’re getting ready for another day at the office, we have a water bottle for you.

    Ready to find the perfect option for your lifestyle? Shop our stainless steel water bottles today.

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    • Can bottles be placed on the top shelf of a dishwasher?

      Dawn Kauffman on

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