You don't quite know what it is, or how it could possibly have happened, but inexplicably the water in the bottle seems to have gone bad! Select a 'food grade' container such as glass, stainless steel and polyethylene plastic are considered to be food grade. You may also choose to chlorinate the water with 16 drops of unscented chlorine bleach (e.g. When in doubt about whether a particular container is food grade, you can contact your local water authority for advice. If you notice a leak or hole in the containers after having stored the water, do not drink from the container. When it comes to reducing waste, saving money and being healthy, stainless steel water bottles are most definitely one of the first and most important steps you should take. If tap water cost the same as bottled water, your average monthly bill would be about $9,000! If you traditionally purchase bottled water, switching to a reusable water bottle and simply using water filters will save you tons of cash, up to $200 a month depending on your current buying habits. It also means safer water, since bottled water is not required to meet the same standards as municipal water, meaning you don't know what you're getting. Thee reusable water bottles will cost a little bit more, in terms of initial investment, but they pay for themselves very, very quickly. Stainless steel is healthier: Plastic contains chemicals, such as BPA mentioned above, which is known to cause severe health risks even in very small 'doses'. Be aware, however, that just because the bottle is metal, does not make it stainless steel.


Many metal water bottles, even popular companies such as SIGG, are actually aluminum, which has been linked to diseases such as Alzheimer's. Unlike aluminum, stainless steel will need no liner to keep you safe and healthy, so look for smooth metal inside your bottle. Keep your bottle out of the heat (such as a hot vehicle) since it may cause the shape of the bottle to distort. The best way to clean your water bottle is with warm, soapy water and a soft bottle brush as often as needed.
You can use the dishwasher, but it's generally not recommended, especially if your bottle has any sort of label or design.
For a long time, our favorite company has been AffirmWater, a small business run by two female entrepreneurs who I personally know to be wonderful. However, after AffirmWater went out of business, their bottles have been difficult to find. When in doubt, you can always use the 5 gallon (18.9 L) plastic jugs you see on water dispensing machines. If using a plastic container, store away from gasoline, kerosene and pesticides, as vapors from them can permeate the plastic if it is thin enough.
Plastics contain harmful chemicals, such as BPA (bisphenol A - an endocrine disruptor linked to cancer, neurological issues, diabetes, reproductive issues and more). You'll need one for every member of the household, then maybe 1-2 more for hiking trips, guests, replacements for a lost or dirty bottle or just to have on hand. However, you might be looking at the price of a stainless steel bottle compared to a commonly found reusable plastic water bottle and be tempted to pick up the cheap plastic version at the store.


It gets dropped and cracked easily, is prone to damage by heat, or sun and can be scratched easily. You can still find an insulated stainless steel water bottle; just make sure the inner liner is also stainless steel. Also never use hot liquids in your steel bottle unless you have an insulted one, otherwise the metal will get too hot to handle.
You walk, running almost to the bottle of water you remembered seeing on your desk, Yes the one that has been there forever and a day. You see what happens is not that the water 'expires' so much as it gets contaminated in one of two ways.
Consuming these is bad enough; distributing them to the Earth in the form of 30 billion plastic water bottles a year is pretty scary. They are durable, offer wide mouths and non-plastic tops, and they have a long history of making good quality stainless steel water bottles. The first way is when you leave water in an open container at room temperature for an extended period of time. Under these circumstances, you effectively provide a breeding ground for bacteria, algae and, most commonly, mosquitoes. The second way of contamination is where the container you store water in starts to leach chemicals into the water it is holding.



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