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Old 08-25-2013, 03:28 PM   #11
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I bought a large sports bottle with stripes on it and keep it at work for sun tea; I take it home and wash it about once a month. Ditto for the water bottle I use at work - from TJ Maxx with lips on it - and the gym, black with a holster for carrying. They're all reusable & dishwasher safe too.
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Old 08-26-2013, 08:02 AM   #12
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I have been in the "non-tourist" areas of many countries. Not only do they reuse disposable plastic bottles with minimal cleansing (rinse out), they refill them with water or juices for resale. They all seem to survive.
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:07 PM   #13
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Big, heavy gallon ceramic, or glass jug, filled with your favorite beverage is not only contaminant free, but gives your biceps a workout every time you take a swig.

Only problem is that for a milk driker like me, it's very difficult to get teh cheese curd out of that little hole in the top. Teh whey comes out easily enough.

Yes I am strange. Thank you, thank you.

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Old 08-26-2013, 05:47 PM   #14
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Some people are concerned that the plastic water bottles get dinged and bent from repeated use and that that could cause chemicals to leach into the water. There are also some inaccurate scare stories.

This is what Snopes has to say about it: snopes.com: Reuse of Plastic Bottles

I use BPA free reusable bottles. They were cheap.
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Old 08-26-2013, 06:28 PM   #15
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Anyone else wondering why Sheryl Crow can't go home for a glass of water?
Us Commoners do it everyday. Boy, when we were kids Mom let us drink from the garden hose. How dare she!!!

We use them once then recycle. Keep a few that aren't to be used but kept frozen for small ice chests. They make great crackling sounds in dog toys they love them. BAD BUNNY!!! BAAAAAD! CRUNCH-CRUNCH!!...
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Old 08-27-2013, 09:04 AM   #16
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I am putting this thread here because this question is related to outdoor activities. Are there any cautions about reusing the water bottles (usually 600ml size that you buy water in)? I usually drink water from a water bottle over the course of an hour or two, rather than just pouring it out quickly, so my mouth comes into contact with the mouth of the bottle many times.

If it is a good idea to reuse them - put water or coke or juice from a larger bottle, etc) what is the safest way to clean these bottles?
I usually keep a bottle of mineral water in the car so I can have a quick slurp when I need it. So I often drink from a bottle that has been opened for a few days. I was recently told that this was not a good idea as the plastic degrades in sunlight (what sunlight - this is Briain!) and the heat of the car. Not sure whether there is any truth or science in this but it suggests that bottles should be kept in the cold and dark even when empty.
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Old 08-27-2013, 03:10 PM   #17
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I usually keep a bottle of mineral water in the car so I can have a quick slurp when I need it. So I often drink from a bottle that has been opened for a few days. I was recently told that this was not a good idea as the plastic degrades in sunlight (what sunlight - this is Briain!) and the heat of the car. Not sure whether there is any truth or science in this but it suggests that bottles should be kept in the cold and dark even when empty.
Most of the countries I was talking about in my post above, are in the tropics.
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Old 08-27-2013, 03:32 PM   #18
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I don't buy water. Our municipal supply is very good. I do have one bottle that I refill and keep in the fridge. I take it to Winthrop with me every time I go there. By the time I arrive, the bottle is empty and I refill it at their large bottled water supply. I used to have a pitcher in the fridge that had a filter on it. It just sat there and I never reached for it for a drink. Just opened the faucet and took a drink from the hose. Still do that on occasion. Revisiting moments of my childhood when I drank from the garden hose. And I didn't die.

I do wash or rinse out the plastic bottle every so often. And I am still not dead. I am terrible at keeping myself hydrated. That bottle of water is the only way I drink water. I should drink more. I am working on it. First I have to develop a taste for water.
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Old 08-27-2013, 05:26 PM   #19
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I usually keep a bottle of mineral water in the car so I can have a quick slurp when I need it. So I often drink from a bottle that has been opened for a few days. I was recently told that this was not a good idea as the plastic degrades in sunlight (what sunlight - this is Briain!) and the heat of the car. Not sure whether there is any truth or science in this but it suggests that bottles should be kept in the cold and dark even when empty.
Yes, plastic breaks down after long exposure to sunlight, and I mean weeks/months not days. It has to do with the long term exposure to the UV rays.
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Old 01-20-2014, 08:42 AM   #20
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I buy water in plastic bottles before hurricane season comes. I'm on a well, and if the power went out, I'd have no water. Then, at the end of the season I feel obliged to drink what hasn't been used -- it costs too much to water flowers with it. The bottles have been sitting all summer. I don't know how else I could guarantee a temporary water supply.

I recycle most of the empties, but save some. When my rose bushes are putting out lots of flowers, I use an empty as a throw-away bud vase and take a rose to the reception desk at the doctor's office -- or the post office, etc. Like Sara Lee, seems nobody doesn't like rose buds.

If I were to buy a carton of glass canning jars with screw lids, could I fill them with tap water and keep them over the summer months? Would that be safer? And would running them through the dishwasher before filling be sufficient sterilization?

I think keeping an emergency water supply on hand would be good to have almost anywhere, not just here in hurricane-land.
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