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Old 02-14-10, 02:56 PM
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Cleaning moldy water bottles?

I got some nice Polar insulated 24 oz bottle from Hammer. They work pretty well here in (usually) hot and humid So Fla. I usually freeze one, and refrigerate the other.

Sometimes, however, I forget to take them off the bike. It doesn't take long for them to get moldy inside here. I had a buddy throw them away because he didn't think he could scrub out the "dimples."

I've had a lot of luck with the following method. I now use it even if I don't leave the bottles on the bike.

First I rinse them out with water, then I put in one tsp of Oxy Clean and fill it with hot water. I put on the cap, and give the bottle a good squeeze to flush the cap. I then let it set in the "dirty dish" sink. I don't want to absent mindedly drink out of them!

After they have set for an hr or so, I then empty them and scrub with a bottle brush, and rinse well. It seems to work very well, much better than just washing with soap and scrubbing with the bottle brush. That seemed to leave some mold in the dimples.

Anyone else have any effective methods?
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Old 02-14-10, 03:34 PM
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I've heard that backpack bladders can be cleaned with denture cleaners and a soak. It might work for bottles as well.
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I've heard that backpack bladders can be cleaned with denture cleaners and a soak. It might work for bottles as well.
Baby bottle sterilising tablets. Even if they do not look clean- they will be.

Or just buy Black bottles so you can't see the crud.
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Wow, that's a lot more work than I'm willing to do. Mine go straight into the dishwasher (of course I use wide mouth top bottles and put the caps in the little silverware basket with a top the closes on it). This has yet to fail even for the most grungy bottles.
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Risking your health for the cost of a bottle that costs maybe $10?
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Bleach and water, soak, wash with brush, rinse, dry, reuse.....
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Empty bottle into garden. Place bottle in trash.
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Bleach and water, soak, wash with brush, rinse, dry, reuse.....
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Bemoan the fact that, once again, you have forgotten about the bottles on the bike Rinse bottle with water. Fill almost full with water. Add dish soap. Add liquid bleach. Stir the solution (it will off gas and foam a little). Allow to soak for a hour or so. Drain almost all liquid and throw in a paper towel. Place lid on bottle. Shake bottle so that paper towel scrubs the inside. Wipe inside of lid and threads with the remains of the paper towel. Rinse with water several times. This appears to work as I have not expired as a result of this particular practice.
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I use stainless steel bottles. Into the dishwasher with the other dishes. Done.
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I use stainless steel bottles. Into the dishwasher with the other dishes. Done.

And as an added advantage............you need not announce "on you left"..........we know. rattle rattle rattle



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For what it's worth, you will destroy stainless bottles if you put clorox in them; stress corrosion cracking. And, since metal bottles are opaque, that's the same as using a black bottle. You can;t see what's in there. Bleach in a plastic bottle should work just fine.
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Bleach and water, soak, wash with brush, rinse, dry, reuse.....
What he said
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Chlorine bleach is very caustic, and can be a bit dangerous. Oxygen bleach as in Oxy clean is just as effective on biologicals, and much safer and much less caustic on the plastic and rubber parts.

I like the idea of the denture cleaner, but I need them for my choppers! The baby bottle sterlizers are a good idea too, but the kids and grandkids are beyond that point.

Dr J, the problem with the paper towels in an insulated bottle is that it can't get into the dimples.

Thanks for the advice, but for now I think I'll stick with my Billy Mays (RIP) solution.
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I got some nice Polar insulated 24 oz bottle from Hammer. They work pretty well here in (usually) hot and humid So Fla. I usually freeze one, and refrigerate the other.

Sometimes, however, I forget to take them off the bike. It doesn't take long for them to get moldy inside here. I had a buddy throw them away because he didn't think he could scrub out the "dimples."

I've had a lot of luck with the following method. I now use it even if I don't leave the bottles on the bike.

First I rinse them out with water, then I put in one tsp of Oxy Clean and fill it with hot water. I put on the cap, and give the bottle a good squeeze to flush the cap. I then let it set in the "dirty dish" sink. I don't want to absent mindedly drink out of them!

After they have set for an hr or so, I then empty them and scrub with a bottle brush, and rinse well. It seems to work very well, much better than just washing with soap and scrubbing with the bottle brush. That seemed to leave some mold in the dimples.

Anyone else have any effective methods?
Plastic bottles, fill bottle 1/4 full with bleach, add dish soap and fill until 3/4 full with water. Shake again, open cap and squeeze, this will clean the cap. You can pour the rest into another bottle, if needed.

Stainless steel, get out the kettle, bring water to a rolling boil, fill, dump, put some dish soap in the bottle and fill with boiling water again. Let sit for a few minutes, then dump and wash normally.

The idea is to kill the mould, dead mould tends not to stick, so the regular soap can remove it. It depends though on how long the mould has been there, a bottle that has been left on the bike for 2-3 days and has gone mouldy, clean it, if you forget it for a couple of months, toss it. The reason being mould is actually a fungus, and can affect the integrity of the bottle itself.
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Originally Posted by maddmaxx View Post
I've heard that backpack bladders can be cleaned with denture cleaners and a soak. It might work for bottles as well.
+1 on the denture cleaning tablets...also leavea a nice minty aftertaste
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Bleach and water, soak, wash with brush, rinse, dry, reuse.....
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Usually I throw the water cleaned bottle in the deep freezer- what also does work when I am riding each day; I fill the empty bottle with water after coming home; until I am preparing the next ride, I just empty the bottle and fill it up just before the ride. This week; I had ice flakes building up in the bottle during the ride;-) - I hate high temps, but this winter sucks.
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Bleach and water, soak, wash with brush, rinse, dry, reuse.....
That's how I clean mine. A Q-tip is great for cleaning the cap mouth piece.
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I did the bleach thing but never really trusted it so I just bought a new bottle and have learned to always take it off after a ride. So far so good.
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It would be nearly impossible to leave the water bottle on the bike if you did a wipe down on the bike after a ride. Another habit would be to go to the bike and say goodnight to your bike before bedtime. This way, there would be no moldy bottles to deal with.
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I used to keep bottles forever, but now if one starts getting worn or gets left uncleaned and starts getting funky, I toss it in the recycling bin. I don't have any Polar bottles. The standard type works well enough for me.
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Bleach and water, soak, wash with brush, rinse, dry, reuse.....
My method also. My wife even pruchased a baby bottle brush.

I also keep several bottles for "water only use" and others for mixed drinks. I just rinse out the water only bottles, but am probably getting just as many bad little thingies in the water. This thread has me thinking....
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Just use 'em, stimulate your antibodies

Our generation is tougher than the 80s born, yes? And in our childhood houses a dropped jam sandwich half taken by the terrier was still good, no?

Glug down 'em good green antibody stimulants, they're better for you than denture chlorines

(Oh yes, I like blue cheese and gamey duck)!!!
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You clean them?
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