- Publish Date
- Wednesday, 6 November 2019, 1:37PM
We take our water bottles to the gym, to work and basically everywhere else, but we aren't washing it enough...
US publication Bustle recently looked into how often we should actually wash our drink bottles, and its more often than you think- by a LOT.
Speaking to microbiologist & senior research officer of Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Dr. Celeste Donato, they discovered we should be washing them after EVERY USE.
Yup- they suggest that due to the bacterias that can make their way to our drink bottles, it's safer to wash it every day.
"Your mouth can contain viruses and bacteria that can enter your water bottle as you drink and backwash from your mouth goes back into the bottle or from saliva around the rim," Dr. Donato told the publication, adding that most of our bacteria won't make us sick, but they can under "some circumstances".
From hand rails on public transport and door handles in public toilets to picking up bacteria and viruses on your hands, these can make their way to your bottle when you pick it up.
The best thing to do is simply toss it into the dishwasher at the end of every day (if dishwasher safe) or use a (clean!) scrub brush and hot, soapy water.
And you're really particular, use a toothbrush to get into all those corners and crevices.
Time to get cleaning!