How To Clean Your Handheld Water Bottle

After my recent post about handheld hydrations systems (fancy words for running water bottles), I got several questions about how to clean the bottles. I like things clean, so no one who knows me will be surprised that I have a set of steps for optimal bottle cleaning.

Here it is, Rachel’s step-by-step guide to bottle cleaning. Note: This method works well with all types of handheld bottles and the tiny bottles that are a part of hydration belts (i.e. Fuel Belt, Nathan).

  1. Remove the cloth-like bits. To remove the strap on your Nathan Quickshot, remove the lid, squeeze the bottle part with one hand, and lift the dark grey rubbery ring up off the neck of the bottle. I say “lift”, but I mean wiggle, pull, and slide. It will take a little maneuvering. If it doesn’t seem to fit, squeeze the bottle a bit harder. I basically flatten mine, then fold it a bit to make it shorter so the dark grey ring will move. Once you slip the dark grey rubber part off the neck of the bottle, the rest of the strap will slide right off. Set aside. The remove the strap from your Amphipod Hydraform handheld bottle, remove the bottom loop of the strap (the part with the logo on it). The rubber top ring should then slide right off. If yours has a thermal cover like mine, that comes off after the strap.
  2. Soak the bottles to remove dirt and germs. For this step, I use denture cleaner. The denture cleaner will disinfect and will remove any residual odors or tastes (important if you perhaps left a Nuun disc in a little bit of water overnight – not that I have ever done that). Be sure to get the unflavored – NOT mint – denture cleaner. I use a half tablet per bottle. Put the half tablet in the bottle, fill with warm water, shake to dissolve the tablet, and allow to soak. I soak at least 3-4 hours, sometimes overnight, for optimal freshness. I wash two bottles at a time because then you can rest the bottles against one another in a bowl for easy soaking. 
  3. Dump the denture cleaner out of the bottles and wash the bottles and caps with soap and water. Set aside to dry.
  4. Wash the straps and cloth-like bits. I toss mine in the washing machine in a garment/lingerie bag. I suppose you could hand wash the straps, but I am a fan of machine washing everything that can possibly be machine washed. My bottle straps have tolerated repeated machine washing with no adverse effects.
  5. Hang the straps to dry. Do not dry the straps in the dryer – the rubber might melt.
  6. Reassemble the whole bottle, using the same method as you used for strap removal (squeeze and wiggle the straps).

Follow these easy steps for fresh and clean handheld bottles.