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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 1:35 pm 
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I had my bottles clean and scrub once a month - ride once a week. Few month will sterilize with sterilizer pills and change once a year. Today I cut one of the bottles into half - using my finger and touch inside - omg can feel those fine particles. Any other ways to ensure my bottles will be cleaner?


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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 1:41 pm 
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Clean more often than once a month?

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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 1:42 pm 
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I always use the same bottle for sugared beverages and other ones for pure water. The one with sugar gets those spots easily, the ones with pure water stays clean.
To clean a bottle: Use a brush, rinse with water, pour in a mix of boiling water and vinegar and let it sit overnight and then rinse again with water.


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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 1:46 pm 
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Get a babies bottle brush and some decent bottles. (Big lids that seal properly tend to only be found on decent bottles, we use Camelback for preference)

Them you can get in and scrub.


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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 5:30 pm 
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I just rinse out when I get home and toss in the dishwasher.


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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 5:45 pm 
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Put 2 fingers of rock salt in the bottle and shake it well. Then wash it
You can use the same salt for a season or two.

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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 6:26 pm 
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i found if you scrub it with something abrasive, it makes matters worse by creating micro scratches on the inside. i've been using Purist bottles and use a soft sponge with dish soap to wipe the top...while doing that, running water into the bottle. i close the bottle with the soapy water, shake and squirt some out from the top. then open, rinse with clean water and the bottles last awhile.

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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 7:12 pm 
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Interested in this thread. I've got green stuff growing inside one of two identical bottles. Never used with anything but water. Tried dish soap and bottle scrubber numerous times, and even tried chlorine, green stuff comes back. I guess buy new bottles is the answer...


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Weird, 8 posts and dishwasher mentioned only once?!

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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 7:37 pm 
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^ My dishwasher's dry cycle is too hot, would melt the bottle I think.


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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 7:53 pm 
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Weird, 8 posts and dishwasher mentioned only once?!
wouldn't touch the gunk in the nozzle.


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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 9:03 pm 
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Have any of you removed the nozzle from the cap of a Purist bottle, replaced it and had it still work properly?
When I R+R the nozzle it becomes very hard to open and close.

Sort of defeats the idea of being able to pull the nozzle to clean it.


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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 10:34 pm 
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dishwasher I find is the best way.

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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 12:22 am 
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Try white vinegar. It's a mild acid that also removes old bottle algae, smells and tastes. It'll reach places where a bottle scrubber cant. It's cheap enough. Don't get balsamic or red wine vinegar, as that should be on your salad. Let a mixture of 50% vinegar/H2O dwell overnight in an upside down bottle so it gets to the top. In a sink might be a good idea in case it leaks. Been there!

I've lost a bunch of bottles in a dishwasher due to melting.


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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 8:38 am 
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Dishwasher is less hassle and the only thing I've found which keeps bottles clean for years inside and out, and avoids use of mildly hazardous chemicals.

The dishwasher even wins against lumpy chocolate recovery powder, and keeps nozzles clean. Even if water doesn't get into every area of the nozzle, I guess the heat keeps bacteria at bay. This way expensive Camelbak bottles last a couple of years despite daily.


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