The Correct Cleaning Method For TiwlifeCup Bottle/Tumbler

The reliable reusable water bottles and tumblers you carry with you can keep you healthy and hydrated, but only if it is clean. Let's face it: most of us don't want to clean our water bottles. Normally, we finish the last sip, refill it, and then drink some more-repeat.

Whether your water bottle is made of stainless steel, plastic, or other hard materials, sterilize it at the end of each day. Gastroenterologists at St. John's Health Center in Providence, Santa Monica, California have pointed out that in humid environments, bacteria can accumulate in water bottles, and people need to clean water bottles every day. The problem is that most people only rinse with water, and the remaining bacteria are attached to the wall of the water bottle or tumbler. Since it’s a moist environment, it's possible for bacteria to set up shop and thrive, potentially leading to symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Clean the cap and straw if your bottle has one. You can even go one step further and scrub the area with a special bottle brush or toothbrush for a truly deep clean. Or just get into the habit of using one of these simple and easy methods. Find the method that works for you, and aim for consistency.

Dishwasher
Many types of water bottles can be cleaned in the dishwasher, but please check if there are such instructions on the bottle first. "Place the bottles and the top on the top shelf. If your model puts them on the top, make sure that the bottles do not interfere with the spray arm. Then, run the dishwasher with the hottest water setting and heat-drying cycle, which will kill Dead bacteria. It should be completely dry before reuse. Moisture may be a breeding ground for bugs.

Soap and water
Washing by hand with a sudsy mix of dishwashing liquid and hot water is a safe and effective cleaning method. Be sure to wash and dry off with a clean cloth (or paper towel) to avoid reintroducing any bacteria or other harmful bugs. Swish the soapy water through the entire bottle, same way as you'd wash out a coffee cup or other used glass or mug, and make sure you get rid of any gunky buildup on the bottom or by the cap area. Then rinse with water to remove any soap residue before drying.

Vinegar
That bottle of vinegar in your pantry can also disinfect your water bottle. You can also use dilute vinegar, which helps to kill most bacteria (not viruses though), while also serving as a drying agent. Fill half of the bottle with white vinegar, the other half with water. (Make sure you use about ¼ cup of vinegar.) Close the bottle and let it swish around before leaving it to soak. Let it sit overnight and rinse out in the morning.

3% Hydrogen Peroxide
If the inside of the bottle is kind of slimy or has an odor, you might want to step up your game with this method. This is my preferred method for disinfecting. Clean the bottle and top thoroughly with soap and water and rinse with hot water. Then pour about 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide in the bottle, replace, and close the lid tightly. Shake the bottle vigorously, then pour out the hydrogen peroxide and give it final water rinse to make sure it’s all gone. Your water bottle should now be sparkly clean.

Water purification tablets
Water cleaning tablets are another reasonable method, as well as tablets for cleaning dentures. This is very easy to do. Fill the bottle with water, put the tablets in according to the instructions on the package, and let stand for at least 30 minutes. Then simply rinse your bottle and you are good to go.

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