Monday, August 29, 2011

Myth: I don’t need to wash my water bottle if it just has water in it.

Answer: Busted!

reusable water bottle
There are many types of reusable water bottles on the market — glass, steel or plastic. You can choose the type based on your need or preference. But once you’ve chosen a bottle, keeping it clean is sometimes an overlooked, but important step to keep you healthy.

Where did you last leave your water bottle? Was it in a hot car or sweaty gym bag? What did you have in it? Was it water or a sports drink? Even if all you had in the bottle was plain water, your mouth has germs which can be transferred to the bottle. Conditions inside the bottle could be favorable for bacteria to grow.

Remember to treat your water bottle as you would any other glass, plate or bowl that you would use. Take it home and clean it daily with hot soapy water. You may need a brush to reach the corners and crevices in the bottle or lid. And don’t forget to clean the straw if there is one with the bottle.

With proper care, your water bottle can keep you hydrated and healthy.

Visit the MissouriFamilies website for more information about nutrition and health.

Contributor: Karen Sherbondy, MEd, RD, LD, Extension Associate, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, University of Missouri Extension, 816-655-6227

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