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Old 08-24-2013, 11:17 PM   #1
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Re-using water bottles

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?

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Old 08-24-2013, 11:32 PM   #2
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I wash mine daily in a sink of soapy water, rinse in a sink with 1 capful of bleach and rinse again, allow to to air dry. I use a bottle for a week. Usually have two or three going at a time, with one in the freezer half full for ice water.
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Old 08-24-2013, 11:47 PM   #3
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At home I usually drink Ice tea. In a tall glass with a handle. Like a beer mug. During the course of the day,my lips touch the rim and as the tea is drained, it leaves a small stain on the lip. More visual. I don['t think it matters if it is glass or plasitc. So yes, wash the bottle. I do this once / day when I do dishes, or take a new mug. Water bottles are not so visual, but I suspect they get the same use and require the same cleaning. I have several carry along water bottles which I prefer filling rather than use the flimsy sided plastic pre filled bottles that are over priced to begin with.

Filling and putting in the freezer is a good idea too.
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Old 08-25-2013, 03:48 AM   #4
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The only caution I have seen is about them getting hot and releasing chemicals.

I don't know if it's true or not, why take a chance.

Bottled water in your car is very dangerous!
On the Ellen show, Sheryl Crow said that this is what caused her
breast cancer. It has been identified as the most common cause
of the high levels of dioxin in breast cancer tissue..

Sheryl Crow’s oncologist told her: women should not drink bottled
water that has been left in a car. The heat reacts with the chemicals
in the plastic of the bottle which releases dioxin into the water.
Dioxin is a toxin increasingly found in breast cancer tissue. So please
be careful and do not drink bottled water that has been left in a car.

Pass this on to all the women in your life. This information is the kind
we need to know that just might save us! Use a stainless steel canteen
or a glass bottle instead of plastic!

This information is also being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical
Center … No plastic containers in microwaves. No plastic water
bottles in freezers. No plastic wrap in microwaves.

Dioxin chemical causes cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to cells in our bodies. Don’t freeze plastic bottles with water
in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently the Wellness
Program Manager at Castle Hospital , was on a TV program to explain
this health hazard.

He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we
should not be heating food in the microwave using plastic containers…..
This especially applies to foods that contain fat.

He said that the combination of fat, high heat and plastic releases dioxin
into the food.

Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Pyrex or ceramiccontainers
for heating food… You get the same result, but without the dioxin.. So,
such things as TV dinners, instant soups, etc., should be removed from
their containers and heated in something else.

Paper isn’t bad but you don’t know what is in the paper. It’s safer to
use tempered glass, such as Pyrex, etc.

He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants
moved away from the styrene foam containers to paper. The dioxin
problem is one of the reasons….

Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Cling film, is just as
dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave.
As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually
melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with
a paper towel instead.
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:24 AM   #5
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I wash mine daily in a sink of soapy water, rinse in a sink with 1 capful of bleach and rinse again, allow to to air dry. I use a bottle for a week. Usually have two or three going at a time, with one in the freezer half full for ice water.

We do the same for the sport bottle types.
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:26 AM   #6
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Urban legends

Don't Drink Bottled Water Left in Car? - Urban Legends

Microwave Ovens, Plastic Wrap and Dioxin - Urban Legends
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Regardless of any urban legend surrounding plastic bottles, what's clear is that the disposable bottles are manufactured from finite resources and are bad for the environment.

Much better to buy a sports water bottle that's dishwasher safe and made be refilled as many times as you like.
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Regardless of any urban legend surrounding plastic bottles, what's clear is that the bottles are manufactured from finite resources and are bad for the environment.

Much better to buy a sports water bottle that's dishwasher safe and made be refilled as many times as you like.
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Regardless of any urban legend surrounding plastic bottles, what's clear is that the disposable bottles are manufactured from finite resources and are bad for the environment.

Much better to buy a sports water bottle that's dishwasher safe and made be refilled as many times as you like.
In some municipalities the only way to get good drinking water is to purchase it in bottles.

The only time I purchase water is when I am out and about. Those are the bottles that come home and are reused. It's so much nicer to get a cold water when it's hot out when my sports bottle has run out. Oh and we recycle, diligently.
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We reuse the bottles until they are worn out and then recycle them. We have a water cooler in the house and refill them from that and keep them in the fridge. At the moment we are reusing Gatorade sport bottles.
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