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How often do you wash your bottles?

Old 06-14-06, 05:04 AM
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Originally Posted by botto
the insides? not often.

the outsides (specifically around the nipple) - pretty often.

i only put water in my bottles, so it;s not a big issue.

+1 for washing the outsides..... I hate sweaty sticky bottles..... I wash mine everytime.... But I also use a sports drink in one and water in the other.
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I usually rinse mine after every ride. I hadn't washed them for about 2 months and I noticed mold growing at the bottom of it, so I decided to put it through the dishwasher. So I think from now on I'll wash them weekly.
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Originally Posted by WheresWaldo
Depends on what's in them. If it's just water, once a week in the dishwashers top rack. If it has something else, after every ride.
I follow the exact same procedure - except I put them in the dishwasher's bottom rack. If there's Gatorade in there, it needs washed. Water... not so much (~once per week).
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be careful washing them in the dishwasher.. you know that soapy taste they aquire afterwards? = not good. The soap soaks into the plastic under the heat of a dishwasher and then takes weeks to get out.. this over time will cause stomach and intestine problems..
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Old 06-14-06, 06:38 AM
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I washed a couple of Polar bottles once and could never get the soap taste out. So mine just get a good hot rinse once a week, and a quick rinse and dry after every ride.
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Originally Posted by dmotoguy
be careful washing them in the dishwasher.. you know that soapy taste they aquire afterwards? = not good. The soap soaks into the plastic under the heat of a dishwasher and then takes weeks to get out.. this over time will cause stomach and intestine problems..

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I have *never* used soap and/or a bottle brush, I just rinse them thoroughly with hot water after every ride.

Every ride. Religiously.
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Old 06-14-06, 07:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Jacobi
What gasses are released by freezing water inside an open container?
none


(He says picturing that two stepped graph from high school chemistry twenty some odd years ago... and hoping he's right.)
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Old 06-14-06, 07:32 AM
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I usually rinse only, but once I start to see mold growing inside (does not rinse out), I take my bottles to work and rinse them out with Nitric Acid.
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Rinse and air dry after every use. Run through the dishwasher weekly. Rotating 2-3 bottles per week (8-12 rides).
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Originally Posted by WheresWaldo
Depends on what's in them. If it's just water, once a week in the dishwashers top rack. If it has something else, after every ride.
If its convenient I'll put the top in the dishwasher more often, usually the bottle just gets a rinse.
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I ride twice a day 6 days a week 48 weeks a year. When not riding, my bottles are in the fridge. I may wash them once a month. I only drink water.
Plus, apparently I am hard on my bottles. They only last a few months.
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This is what I do after every ride.
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Polar bottles hold water & Gatorade, rinsed in hot water only after every ride, then into the freezer to chill for the next ride.
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Originally Posted by vampares
microwaves kill germs. works on shoe inserts, clothes too (you should wash them first though).
You're single aren't you? I can only imagine the look on my wife's face if I put shoe inserts in the microwave.

I rinse out the insides of the bottle and scrub the mouthpiece after every ride. I get chapstick and Clif bar goo on the mouthpieces.
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once a week soak in vinegar/water. plus i always have water in 'em when i store 'em. they don't seem to grow bad ... just rinse and go.
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Old 06-14-06, 11:18 AM
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I only use water, so I just rinse it out before refilling, and I try to remember to dump any remaining water after each ride. Years ago, I used a product called ERG. I never washed my bottle until my racing coach looking in my bottle and exclaimed "Christ, I can urinate cleaner than this" I started washing my bottles after that.
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As usual, I am the slob. I wash my bottles only if one or more of the following conditions are met:

1) Water tastes yucky
2) Visible stuff growing in bottle
3) Accidentally touch inside of bottle and notice it is slimy
4) I used sports drink instead of water (major rides only) and am switching back to water

Washing procedure normally consists of filling with hot water and shaking vigorously. Sometimes, I'll throw it in the dishwasher. I've never gotten sick from my bottles and I've been doing this for many years. People aren't nearly as susceptible to a few germs as is commonly advertised.
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What banerjek said. A little mold won't kill you.
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Originally Posted by Dalai
...but as this is tested on babies I feel safer using the Miltons.
I wonder how much money was offered to the parents of the babies that were used for testing???
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Originally Posted by 1955
I wonder how much money was offered to the parents of the babies that were used for testing???



Money?? Hah...have you seen the price of diapers lately??? All they'd have to do it offer free diapers and ther'd be a line of volunteers....
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I like to keep my immune system on its toes so they don't get washed. Besides, a little mold only adds to the flavor.
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every once in a while! i ONLY put water in my polar bottles... rinse and put in the drainer after each ride!
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