Expert Advice

How to Actually Clean Your Water Bottle

A clean water bottle glowing.

Reaching your goal of drinking more water is always a good thing. But what happens when you find yourself with a smelly bottle that has definitely seen better days? Whether bits of black mold have begun to show or a funky smell is sneaking its way in, it’s probably time for a good cleaning. 

After all, if you want to hydrate your way to better health, proper hygiene has to come into play. You’ll want to make sure you regularly clean your water bottle to make sure you prioritize both your health and the bottle’s longevity. In this guide, we walk you through the importance of the cleanliness of reusable water bottles and how to keep them clean.

The Best Way to Clean Your Smart Water Bottle

Properly cleaning your water bottle is the easiest way to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. It can also help to beat those awful odors that can build up over time. To keep things clean, it’s always best to stick to hot soapy water rather than using harsh chemicals that can harm the bottle and potentially your health. A good bottle brush will come in handy here, too.

Start by focusing on the inside of the water bottle. Make sure to pay extra attention to any hard-to-reach areas where mold might build up. Then head to the bottle cap or lid and carefully wipe that down too.

A woman holding a HidrateSpark bottle.

Keeping Things Hygienic

When it comes to your cleaning products of choice, it’s hard to find the right balance between intensity and safety of your cleaner. Chemical cleaners are brilliant at banishing the bad stuff we don’t want in our bottles, but they aren’t always so great for us. Not only are harsh chemicals tough on the lungs and your health in general, but they could also damage the bottle.

This is why opting for fewer chemical-clad cleaners is always best. Using a natural detergent is one option, but you could always mix up your own concoction too. A white vinegar and hot water rinse can work wonders. Vinegar is a 100% organic ingredient and will keep your water bottle beautifully clean without the need for heavy chemicals.

Are Smart Water Bottles Dishwasher Friendly?

When dealing with a smart water bottle, it’s important to keep track of which elements you can place in the dishwasher and which are safer to hand-wash.

For HidrateSpark bottles,  it is safe to place both the bottle cavity and the bottle lid of unpainted bottles in the dishwasher. However, it is important to remove the entire sensor puck before doing so. To remove the sensor puck, simply unscrew it from the base of the bottle. You can then wipe it down with a damp cloth, but be sure to never submerged it in water, as this will cause damage.

A woman washing her hands

Preventing Future Damage to Your Bottle

When you fall in love with your HidrateSpark smart water bottle and you’re killing it hydration-wise, the last thing you want is to ever be without it. That being said, it’s important to make sure that you’re drying your water bottle properly, too. A damp water bottle could lead to future moisture-related problems that we really want to remedy. Be sure to thoroughly wipe down your clean water bottle to remove all traces of water ready for its next use.

By keeping your water bottle clean, you’re putting yourself in the best possible position to enjoy better levels of health for years to come. And what could be better than that?

Grace Olivia Parry is a London-based writer with a penchant for Paris, good food, and fitness. When she’s not writing about the ways of the world, she’s cooking, practicing pilates, or planning her next trip.


American Lung Association - Cleaning Supplies and Household Chemicals

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Basic Facts about Mold and Dampness

Cleveland Clinic - Get the Dirt: How Safe Are Cleaning Products?

Healthline - Vinegar: The Multipurpose, Chemical-Free Household Cleaner You Should Know About

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