Ever been faced with a dirty water bottle? It happened to guest poster Don Blount recently.
I have about eight or nine water bottles. I did not buy them all. Some came with bike-related purchases, and a few were gifts. Most of them are insulated bottles. I like those because they keep beverages colder longer in the hot weather we get in Northern California – I hate drinking water as warm as bathwater. I started with the Polar insulated bottles but later switched to the Camelbak Podium Chill bottle because they are easier to drink from. Just squeeze and the liquid squirts out. The Polar bottles I use in the cooler weather as they are can also accommodate warm beverages.
I have heard or read about neglected bottles turning into science experiments. Fortunately, I had not experienced this until I recently pulled out a bottle that had somehow been put away without being cleaned – blech!
My initial reaction was to pitch it. I didn’t see how this bottle would be useable again.
Instead I poured in some bleach, shook the bottle and let it sit overnight.
And when I looked in it the next day, I discovered that the bleach had done its job.
The dishwasher will be the bottle’s next stop but I am still undecided if I will keep it, knowing what was once inside.
What do you think?