One of the biggest benefits of using a stainless-steel water bottle is that it is durable. Ideally, you should only have to buy a stainless-steel insulated water bottle one time in a very long time. Compared to your plastic bottles and glass bottles, stainless-steel bottles are durable and resist wear and tear resulting from everyday use. But that is only the case when you take good care of it, which is why it’s important to learn how to clean and care for your insulated water bottle:

Hand Cleaning Method

1. Fill the water bottle halfway with a solution of warm water + soap

The easiest way to clean your insulated water bottle is to treat it like you traditionally clean most dishes. Create a 1:1 solution of warm water and a mild detergent and fill the water bottle with it. Screw on the cap, closing the bottle and vigorously shake it for several seconds.

2. Rinse & dry the bottle

After cleaning the water bottle with a mild detergent, it’s time to rinse it out. Make sure to rinse using warm water. At this point, you can place your bottle on a drying rack and let it dry.

3. Clean deep with a bottle brush

If you feel your bottle needs a bit of a deeper cleaning, then you need to use a bottle cleaning brush to get inside the mouth of the bottle and scrub it. Most insulated water bottles have a wide mouthed opening, either as its primary opening or its alternative opening. Use a brush with soft bristles and scrub gently. Chances are you might have to take this step if you have filled your bottle with something else besides water.

4. Scrub the ridges

This is a commonly over looked step. If your insulated water bottle has a screw on top, you have to make sure to clean the ridges of the screw top. Moisten a sponge with a solution of soap and water and scrub the ridges before rinsing them off.

Alternative Cleaning Methods

1. Dishwasher

Some stainless-steel water bottles are dishwasher safe. Make sure that your water bottle is dishwasher safe before using the dishwasher though.

2. Use a vinegar solution

If you think a soap solution isn’t strong enough for some reason, you can use a vinegar solution. Fill the bottom of your water bottle about a 1/5 of the way with white vinegar. Fill the rest of the bottle with warm water and let the solution sit overnight. Pour out the solution and rinse out the bottle afterwards.

It’s not difficult to care for your insulated drinkware, you just need to have a basic cleaning method in place. Ensure you are not using metal scrubs or harsh detergents as it may damage the interior and exterior surface of your bottle. Choose an insulated bottle that comes with a wide mouth, so both loading and cleaning becomes easier for you!