Insulated water bottles are a great way to keep your water cool and fresh-tasting. They’re also super convenient for taking with you on the go. Just toss it in your bag or stow it in the car, and you’ve got cold water whenever you need it.
But there are some things you should know about how to take care of your insulated water bottle. Here’s what is recommended by your vacuum bottle manufacturer:
Clean it after every use
You should wash your water bottle after every use. This is especially true if you use it for multiple beverages, like coffee and tea. Even if you only use it for water, a quick wash will help remove any lingering odours or flavours from previous drinks (or spills).
If you don’t have time to wash the entire bottle, try cleaning just the lid or straw components with hot soapy water before putting them back on again.
Make Sure It’s Sealed Properly
Your insulated water bottle should come with instructions on how to open and close it correctly. Check those instructions before using your bottle for the first time so that you know how to do it correctly!
Some bottles have locking mechanisms that will keep them closed when not in use — these are especially helpful if you plan to put your bottle in a bag or purse where there may be food particles floating around that could get into your drink otherwise!
Don’t Overfill It
Water bottles should never be filled above 75 percent capacity because they can leak when they get too heavy and tip over (especially if they’re full of hot liquid). If you plan on carrying more than one drink with you at once—say an iced coffee plus an insulated water bottle—make sure that each one of them is not overfilled!
Don’t Throw It in the Dishwasher
Insulated water bottles aren’t dishwasher-safe, so don’t throw them in there. They can get damaged by the high heat of the dishwasher, and that could cause leaks. Instead, just wash them by hand with soap and water. Make sure to rinse thoroughly so there’s no soap left on the bottle after washing it!
Don’t Overfill It with Ice Cubes
It can be tempting to fill up your insulated water bottle with ice cubes if you want to keep your drink cool for hours at a time. But, remember that these bottles aren’t meant for heavy use like that. If you overfill it with ice cubes, there could be too much pressure on the walls of your bottle and cause them to crack or leak. So only fill it about halfway with ice cubes and then add room temperature or warm liquid to top off the rest of the way.
Don’t Freeze Your Water Bottle
Freezing your water bottle can cause it to crack or break and ruin the insulation inside. If you want to keep your ice-cold drink cold longer, try wrapping a towel around the outside of the bottle before placing in freezer. This will help prevent any frost from forming on the outside of the bottle which could lead to cracking of the interior layer or plastic exterior.
In addition to the cleaning regiment suggested above, one important thing that people seem to forget is that their bottle should be stored in a cool, dry place out of the sun. If the temperature and humidity are acceptable, the bottle can be stored pretty much indefinitely without any risk of collapse or deposit buildup. However, if you live in a rather hot climate with a humid climate, you might want to consider bringing it inside during the summer months.