How to Clean a Plastic Bottle
If you’ve made the switch to a reusable plastic bottle for drinking, congratulate yourself for taking a step toward saving the environment from overflowing landfills! Now you’re wondering the best ways to keep your plastic bottle clean and free of bacteria. You can clean your bottle with regular dish soap and warm water, load it into the dishwasher, or sanitize it with vinegar. You should just be sure to clean it every day for the best results in keeping it germ-free and ready to use.
Using Dish Soap and Water
Add a few drops of dish soap and water to your bottle then put the cap back on.Any hand dish liquid is fine to use for washing a plastic bottle. After you add some dish soap, fill your bottle halfway with warm water. Put the cap back on.
Shake the dish soap and water around in your bottle then dump.For the fastest clean, you can just shake the soapy water around in your bottle with the cap on for one minute. Then dump the soapy water out and rinse your bottle.
- If you use the bottle for any drinks other than water, you should scrub the top and inside with a soapy sponge or bottle brush.
Scrub the top by hand with a soapy sponge or brush.To get the top part where you drink out of clean, use a soapy dish sponge to scrub it. For bottles with pull-up tops or flip-straw tops, use a small bottle brush to get into the little crevices of the opening.
Use a bottle brush to reach deep inside the bottle.Use a soapy bottle brush to scrub the inside of the bottle and remove germs from within. Do this every day if you use your bottle for drinks other than water.
Leave your bottle open to air dry.It is recommended to wash your bottle in the evening so you can leave it out overnight to air dry. If you can’t do this, dry your bottle completely with a clean towel before using.
Cleaning in the Dishwasher
Check your bottle for a dishwasher-safe symbol.Most products today are safe in the dishwasher but check your bottle just to be sure. Take the top parts off of the bottle and be sure those go into the dishwasher too.
Load your bottle into the top rack of your dishwasher.Plastic items should go into the top rack of a dishwasher. Many dishwashers have a heating element in the bottom for the dryer setting that can warp or melt plastic if it is put in the bottom rack.
Add detergent and run your dishwasher on a regular setting.Run your dishwasher with the plastic bottle inside (in the top rack) just like you would regularly run a load of dishes. Leave the dryer setting on so that the bottle gets dry, or take the bottle out right after the load is done and allow it to air dry.
Sanitizing with Vinegar
Fill your bottle 1/5 of the way with white vinegar.To get your bottle extra clean, sanitize it with vinegar. White vinegar is a great cleaning product and can be easily found at any grocery store. After filling your bottle 1/5 of the way with vinegar, fill it the rest of the way with warm water.
Allow the vinegar and water mixture to sit overnight in your bottle.In the morning, rinse your bottle thoroughly with hot water and wipe it dry with a clean towel. Your bottle is sanitized and ready to use!
QuestionHow do I dry out a plastic juice jug? It is the size of the big jugs of Hawaiian punch.Top AnswererAfter following the instructions to clean the bottle, shake out as much water as possible. Use 90% isopropyl alcohol to rinse the inside of the bottle. The alcohol will remove any water as well as disinfect the interior as it evaporates.Thanks!
- Do not clean and reuse a disposable plastic bottle that you get at a convenience store or vending machine. These are not meant to be used more than once, and repeated washings of them causes a breakdown in the plastic, posing a health risk to users.
- Make sure to use cold or warm water. Don't use boiling hot water. It could melt the plastic.
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