Reusable water bottles and the like have become our trusty companions, helping us stay hydrated while reducing single-use plastic waste. However, the convenience they offer comes with a responsibility: proper cleaning and maintenance. Whilst some of our products are tough enough to handle the dishwasher we still recommend handwashing and here's why.
1. Gentle Care for Materials
One of the primary reasons to hand wash your reusable water bottles is to ensure gentle care for the materials. Our bottles are made from premium stainless steel and high-quality plastics, and the harsh detergents and high temperatures in dishwashers may lead to premature wear and tear. Hand washing allows you to maintain the bottle's integrity, preserving its lifespan and reducing the need for replacement.
2. Preserves Seals and Gaskets
Our water bottles often come with seals, gaskets, and specialised lids that maintain their leakproof functionality. These components can degrade over time in a dishwasher due to the high heat and strong water pressure. Hand washing ensures these crucial parts remain intact, keeping your bottle sealed tightly and preventing leaks.
3. No Chemical Residue
Dishwasher detergents can leave behind chemical residues on your water bottle, affecting the taste and potentially compromising your health. By hand washing with mild soap and warm water, you can avoid any unwanted chemical residues and enjoy pure, clean-tasting water.
4. Thorough Cleaning
Hand washing allows you to give your reusable water bottle the attention it deserves. You can reach every nook and cranny, ensuring a thorough cleaning. Dishwashers may not adequately clean the interior or remove stubborn residue, potentially leaving behind bacteria and mould.
5. Prevents Bacterial Growth
Regular hand washing helps prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and mould. Proper scrubbing with a bottle brush can remove any residue or buildup that may foster bacterial colonies.
7. Eco-Friendly Practice
Choosing to hand wash your reusable water bottles aligns with eco-friendly principles. It reduces your energy and water consumption, making your daily routine more sustainable.
8. Customised Cleaning
Hand washing allows you to customize your cleaning routine to suit your specific bottle and its needs. You can adjust water temperature, soap type, and scrubbing intensity based on the bottle's material and condition. This level of customization ensures the best care possible.