Metal water bottles are a popular choice for their durability and eco-friendliness. However, people cleaning them often face the challenge of removing persistent metallic, soapy, musty or other foul odors. These odors can detract from the drinking experience, making it essential to know how to effectively clean your metal bottles. No one wants to drink coffee tasting like soap or metal after all.
This article explores the best natural, easy-to-use solutions to get rid of these issues for for a fresher drinking experience.
Understanding The Causes Behind The Unwanted Smells
- Metal smells are generally due to the material of the bottle itself. Read our other article to learn more about why you taste metal when drinking from your metal water bottles and how to avoid this problem totally.
- On the other hand, soapy odors often result from residue left behind during cleaning. Understanding these causes helps in selecting the most effective cleaning method.
- If your bottle smells musty, it is likely from mold developing in your metal water bottle. This is due to your bottles not being dried completely and properly after usage.
A) White Vinegar
White vinegar are natural deodorizers and cleaners. Remember to use white vinegar as other types of vinegar may leave a smell after cleaning!
- Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water. If you’re dealing with tough stains or odors, you might want to warm up the vinegar slightly. Warm vinegar can be more effective at breaking down residues.
- Pour the vinegar solution into your metal bottle. Make sure to fill it to the top so the solution comes into contact with all interior surfaces.
- Allow the bottle to soak with the vinegar solution. The duration can vary depending on the extent of cleaning needed.
- For light cleaning, 15-30 minutes should be sufficient. For more stubborn odors or stains, you might want to leave it soaking overnight.
- After soaking, rinse the bottle thoroughly with warm water. Make sure to remove all traces of vinegar to avoid any lingering taste or smell.
B) Baking Soda
Baking soda, being a mild alkali, is great for breaking down grime and is gentle enough not to scratch the bottle. Baking soda is generally safe for most materials, but if your bottle has a special coating or is made from sensitive materials, check the manufacturer’s recommendations first.
- Dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in warm water. Pour the solution into your metal bottle.
- Clean your bottle by giving it a good and thorough scrub.
- Make sure the baking soda solution fills the bottle.
- Allow the baking soda to work its magic. Leave it for a few hours or even overnight for deep cleaning, especially if dealing with strong odors or stains.
C) Lemon Juice Soak
Lemon juice is a natural acid that can neutralize odors. This is not our preferred method but it is worth trying!
- Fill the bottle with water and add the juice of one lemon.
- Let the bottle sit for 15 minutes to a few hours depending on the strength of the unwanted smells.
- After soaking, rinse the bottle thoroughly with warm water.
D) Denture Cleaning Tablets
These tablets are designed to clean and deodorize, which makes then great for cleaning your metal bottles too. We personally use the ones from the brand, Polident.
- Fill the bottle with water and drop in a denture cleaning tablet.
- Let it fizz and work for the time specified on the tablet’s packaging, then rinse thoroughly.
Some Ways To Avoid Strange & Unwanted Smells From Developing In Your Metal Bottle
- Regular cleaning and proper drying are crucial.
- Avoid using strong detergents or leaving soap residue.
- Store the bottle with the lid off to allow air circulation.
- Avoid storing certain beverages, like milk, which can leave a residue.
Remember, it is important to rinse the bottle thoroughly after using any cleaning method to ensure no residue remains that could affect the taste of your drinks. Regular maintenance and using these cleaning methods will help keep your metal bottle smelling fresh, pleasant to use and prevent mold from growing.