Aluminum water bottles and stainless steel water bottles are becoming more and more popular, as they're much more durable than plastic bottles are usually much easier to clean. Not to mention, most of these bottles come with insulation, keeping the drinks you put in them hot or cool for longer.
However, improperly cleaned bottles can sometimes add an unpleasant scent or flavor to your drink. Also, as part of the oxidation from the bottle's contact with air and water, bumpy residue can also collect on the sides and bottom of your bottle.
Thankfully, cleaning your aluminum or stainless steel bottle is easy. The key to keeping it clean is regular washing with soapy warm water, as well as regular use of tablets and a bottle brush. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to clean an aluminum water bottle:
Once every couple of days, pour 2 tbsp. of white vinegar into the aluminum bottle, shaking well and making sure the vinegar spreads all over the inside of the bottle.
Remove the steel water bottle's cap and add warm, soapy water until the bottle is half-full. Scrub the interior of the bottle with a brush, removing any residue.
With persistent oxidation bumps, you can use one aluminum bottle tablet to help wash them out. Paired with the aluminum brush, they should completely eliminate any residue left on the bottom and sides of your container. Also, remember not to use the abrasive types on your bottles, as it could cause damage to the inside coating. Both the tablets and the brush should be readily available in department and grocery stores, or in the store where you bought the bottle.
Rinse out the liquid in the bottle. By now, your container should be like new. If a smell persists, you can mix some baking soda and vinegar in the container and shake it vigorously to remove any lingering smells and residue. Rinse the bottle out thoroughly before proceeding to wash it with dish soap.
To wash the cap, you can leave it in hot water mixed with vinegar for around 15 minutes. This should remove any strange smells that emanate from the cap. Rinse the cap thoroughly before cleaning it regularly with dish detergent.
For cleaning the exterior of the bottle, you can place a small amount of white vinegar on a clean cloth and use it to rub down the exteriors of your container. Leave it there to sit for one minute before rinsing it out.
A few common household products should be all you need to keep your aluminum or stainless steel water bottle in tip-top shape. After each use, remember to wash it thoroughly and ensure that none of the drink residue collects and accumulates in the interiors. If you've neglected your container for quite a bit, then simply follow the steps above to get it squeaky and shiny like new again!
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