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1. Choose wisely when buying a water bottle:

  • If plastic, make sure the product is BPA free. BPA stands for Bisphenol A, an industrial chemical used to make a hard, clear plastic known as polycarbonate, which has been used in many consumer products, including reusable water bottles and baby bottles.
  • Some bottles are poor quality and may easily leak.
  • Look to see if the bottle was manufactured or assembled in China – there have been some reported issues with lead in the paint used on the bottles, which could be dangerous to your health.
  • Both Sigg and Nalgene have made excellent bottles for decades. Sigg makes steel bottles and Nalgene makes BPA-free plastic bottles in many shapes and sizes.

2. Keep your reusable clean and happy:

NEVER REUSE A WATER BOTTLE THAT IS SINGLE-USE ONLY. Even if you clean it, the bottle is not designed to be reused and it is best to just recycle them.

  • Wash the water bottle with dish soap, a bottlebrush and warm water. Rinse with clear water and drain thoroughly.
  • Allow the water bottle to dry thoroughly overnight.
  • If you don’t have a sink handy in your office, store the water bottle in a refrigerator at the end of the day so that germs won’t grow overnight.
  • At least once a week, follow the washing and rinsing with sanitation step. Sanitize the inside of the water bottle with a dilute bleach solution. Use one teaspoon of bleach per quart of water. Allow the bottle to thoroughly air-dry after washing and sanitizing.
  • Be careful about putting plastic water bottles on the bottle shelf of the dishwasher. The cap may melt if it comes in contact with the heating element.
  • Some manufactures sell special products to clean their water bottles. You can either use their products, or even use baking soda as a cleaning element.