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Old 06-17-19, 04:23 AM
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Cleaning Water Bottles

What does everyone use to get their water bottles tasting and smelling nice and fresh?

I`ve used hot water and baking soda in the past, but it doesn`t seem likes it`s doing the trick, and that I need to do it more often.

I`m sure getting new bottles would help , temporarily.
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Old 06-17-19, 04:40 AM
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I would recommend white Vinegar. Big fan of the stuff.
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Old 06-17-19, 04:43 AM
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I wash out the bottles and then fill with clean water and a splash of bleach and let them sit at least an hour.
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Originally Posted by baldilocks View Post
I would recommend white Vinegar. Big fan of the stuff.
I'm with him^. I use white vinegar.
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Old 06-17-19, 04:52 AM
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A tip I heard here from someone was to use denture cleaner tablets. They leave a nice minty fragrance after they're done too.
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Old 06-17-19, 05:13 AM
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Originally Posted by baldilocks View Post
I would recommend white Vinegar. Big fan of the stuff.

Exactly how much and how is the white vinegar used to clean?

Is it just a tablespoon in hot water? Do you shake and rinse. or leave it stand overnight?

I`ve heard of a small amount of bleach , and baking soda, but not vinegar?
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Old 06-17-19, 05:42 AM
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I've just run mine through the dishwasher. Been doing it for decades now, and they come out like new.
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Old 06-17-19, 06:17 AM
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I just wash them out with whatever dish washing liquid was on sale after each use (including squeezing soapy water through the valve), rinse, shake as much water out as I can and let air dry. Never had any problem, and I use bottles for years before replacing them.

If you ride frequently and bottles don't have time to fully dry between uses, I'd recommend getting a second set and use them in rotation.
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Old 06-17-19, 08:49 AM
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Dishwasher, top rack. If they don't fit, wash in the sink with dishwashing detergent of your choice as quickly as possible after use, especially with anything other than water.

As @noimagination says, letting them fully dry will help keep the funk down.

If you've cultured black mold because you forgot to wash the energy drink bottle from a week ago, it's time for a new bottle.
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Old 06-17-19, 09:03 AM
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Dishwasher, especially because mine gets really hot.

Or a touch of bleach and filled with water. A tooth brush dipped in the bleach is used to clean the top and outside rim.
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Old 06-17-19, 09:08 AM
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I bought a bottle brush..
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Bleach kills most bacteria. But can bleach kill mold in plastic material that is porous?

Some say bleach works on non porous services quite well, but not so well on porous surfaces. Its about mold spores that may still be in plastic surfaces.

Then comes white vinegar in combination with hydrogen peroxide. Those two will go into porous surfaces.
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Old 06-17-19, 09:24 AM
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Dishwasher.

Always do the easy and cheap thing first.


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Originally Posted by roadsnakes View Post
Exactly how much and how is the white vinegar used to clean?

Is it just a tablespoon in hot water? Do you shake and rinse. or leave it stand overnight?
I'm interested in knowing this as well.

Currently all I do is rinse the bottles out as soon as I get home from each ride and let them air dry. I'm thinking I need to do more as I read through this thread.
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Old 06-17-19, 10:32 AM
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I just rinse mine out with hot water immediately after a ride.

I use denture cleaning tablets for my Camelbak reservoir, however.
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Old 06-17-19, 10:37 AM
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The main thing is to dump bottles, rinse and let dry immediately after any ride.

Similarly, dump Camelbak reservoirs and rinse immediately after any ride. The key tip: store them in the freezer between use, keep them frozen every time you're not actually using them. This is easy and foolproof in keeping them fresh.
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Old 06-17-19, 10:46 AM
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Ah, but how do you clean the tops to Camelbak Podium water bottles? They are the greatest bottles, except that the tops are nearly impossible to clean without major aggravation.
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Old 06-17-19, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by MinnMan View Post
Ah, but how do you clean the tops to Camelbak Podium water bottles? They are the greatest bottles, except that the tops are nearly impossible to clean without major aggravation.
Toss them in the dishwasher...they always come out smelling clean and fresh.
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Old 06-17-19, 11:14 AM
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Ah, but how do you clean the tops to Camelbak Podium water bottles? They are the greatest bottles, except that the tops are nearly impossible to clean without major aggravation.
For hand washing: Wash the exterior surfaces first. Add some hot, soapy water to the bottle, screw on the lid. Squirt the soap through the lid. Rinse everything off, and squirt hot rinse water through the lid (3X seems to get most of the soap out).

Or replace with Polar bottles.
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Any tips on how to clean the tops of Camelbak Podium water bottles after they've gotten gross would be appreciated. Obviously cleaning right after a ride is best, but that's no fun. Is there an easy way to disassemble them?

No electric dishwasher here. I am the dishwasher.
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Old 06-17-19, 12:10 PM
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Buy the new Podiums. You can easily disassemble the valve.

I'm surprised how many people are having problems keeping their bottles clean. Just rinse them and ensure that they dry on a rack or whatever. I never have to put my bottles in a dishwasher.

One key point: I only put water in my bottles, if you're putting something sugary in there YMMV.
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Old 06-17-19, 06:20 PM
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Dump any remaining water immediately after completing a ride, rinse with tap water, vigorously tap empty bottle against towel on counter to as thoroughly as possible remove any remaining water left in bottle and let air dry. Wash off by hand with dish soap bottle top and valve and let air dry. Never had an issue getting any growth in my bottles doing this. And I agree with the poster who recommended getting a second bottle(s) if the first doen't have time to dry completely between rides.
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Originally Posted by noimagination View Post
I just wash them out with whatever dish washing liquid was on sale after each use (including squeezing soapy water through the valve), rinse, shake as much water out as I can and let air dry. Never had any problem, and I use bottles for years before replacing them.

If you ride frequently and bottles don't have time to fully dry between uses, I'd recommend getting a second set and use them in rotation.
This is what I do as well. No problems at all.
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Originally Posted by noimagination View Post
If you ride frequently and bottles don't have time to fully dry between uses, I'd recommend getting a second set and use them in rotation.
If you’ve been riding for a few years, entered a few organized events, supported the odd organization, been a regular at a bike shop, received some cycling-related gifts from fam & friends, picked up some souvenirs etc, who doesn’t have about a half-to-full-dozen water bottles knocking about the garage and/or kitchen at any given time anyway?

granted, not all camelbak podiums, but watertight enough to do the job.
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Originally Posted by Deal4Fuji View Post
A tip I heard here from someone was to use denture cleaner tablets. They leave a nice minty fragrance after they're done too.
This! I get the cheap ones and use them weekly. They do a great job on cleaning my stainless steel teapot, too.
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