How to clean your stainless steel water bottle

I love my stainless steel water bottles. Between my wife and I we have more than a dozen – a few 24oz, large capacity 40oz, wide mouth (my personal favorite), 34oz, Thermos Hydration Bottle, Thermos Backpack Bottle and more.

I can drop them down a mountain or in the parking lot and they just get more character. The laser etching never wears off.

I’m sure you have some stainless bottles you enjoy too. Have you ever noticed that sometimes they can start smelling after weeks of constant use? It is a mystery how that happens when all I put in there is water.

Here are a few tips for cleaning your stainless steel bottles.

My favorite method that gets it clean and odor free, plus it is quick and easy to do most anywhere:

  • Rinse out with warm water
  • Using dish washing soap, get sponge soapy
  • Scrub as much as you can reach, and use handle of a long handled spoon to move sponge around bottom half where you can’t reach (large wood spoons work nice)
  • Put lid on and shake vigorously
  • Rinse soap out, and let air dry, or immediately fill up with water

If that doesn’t do it for you, here are more cleaning tips:

  • Add little bit of bleach to bottle, fill with water and let sit for 15 minutes. Keep bottle out of reach of children. Rinse thoroughly.
  • Using the rice method: Put small amount of rice on spoon, put a little soap on top of rice, pour rice and soap in bottle. Fill bottle about half way with warm water. Put lid on and shake, rattle, turn upside down, swirl so the rice comes in contact with edges of bottle. The rice acts as abrasion and helps clean inside of bottle. Rinse thoroughly.
  • You can also use white vinegar to clean inside of bottles: Pour 2 tbsp. white vinegar into bottle, put lid on and shake. Remove lid, fill halfway with warm water and scrub with sponge or brush. Put lid back on and shake it again, and then rinse thoroughly.

Other tips:

  • Always store bottles with lids off so that any left over moisture can evaporate.
  • If storing, ensure bottle dries completely before putting in storage.
  • If the cap needs cleaning, use the soapy sponge or a little bit of vinegar.

That’s what works for me! Did these tips help or do you have any to add?

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One Response to How to clean your stainless steel water bottle

  1. Emily says:

    Hello! Thanks for the blog, you had some really helpful tips! I’m definitely printing this off and following it next time I clean my Klean Kanteen :).

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