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Do you want to clean your drinking bottle but don't know how? With these tips and tricks you can give your bottle a new shine in no time.

We'll tell you how to get rid of unpleasant odors and even mold quickly and sustainably. Ready?

Why is it so important to clean drinking bottles regularly?

At the latest when yours Drinking bottle stinks or you Mold inside When you see it, it becomes clear: the bottle needs cleaning. Actually it would be advisable to container after each use to clean. But we often forget such little things in everyday life.

  • After the sport,
  • a hike
  • or bike ride, we empty out the leftovers and put the bottle back in its place.

But in this way you can Bacteria etc. spread unhindered, – even if you only filled in water.

There are also bacteria in your saliva that inevitably get inside when you drink over the edge of the bottle. Mold formation, on the other hand, only occurs when you transport other liquids.

Above all Juices and soft drinks are at the top of the list of suspects.

That's why it's so important Clean drinking bottles regularly. Regardless of whether

  • Plastic,
  • stainless steel
  • or aluminum.

All models must be cleaned regularly. And we'll now show you how best to do this!

How do I clean a drinking bottle?

No worries! Clean drinking bottlesn is neither difficult nor time-consuming. You even have various possibilities to select. If you want to make things particularly easy for yourself, we recommend using one Stainless steel drinking bottle

Our models are particularly easy to care for. You can easily clean them in the dishwasher. Only the closure made of sustainable bamboo is not suitable for this.

If you, on the other hand Aluminum or plastic bottles want to clean or yours Stainless steel drinking bottle Dear clean by hand, it's best to proceed as follows:

Step 1: Fill bottle with hot water

Cleaning the drinking bottle - step 1

Fill your bottle with hot water. Screw the lid on tightly and shake the bottle well several times.

Step 2: Turn bottle upside down to dry

Cleaning the drinking bottle - step 2

Repeat the process one more time and then let the bottle dry upside down. So that all moisture can escape easily, you should set it up at a slight angle.

Alternatively, you can of course also use a clean tea towel to dry off.

Step 3: Additionally use a bottle brush

Clean the drinking bottle - step 3

If you have transported other liquids such as juice or coffee, you should also clean the drinking bottle with a bottle brush.

How do I clean the mouthpiece of a drinking bottle?

The mouthpiece or lid of your drinking bottle requires separate cleaning. In this way you avoid mold in the drinking bottle, as liquid is a good breeding ground for bacteria.

This way you can also prevent your drinking bottle from smelling.

About that Mouthpiece or the Lid of a plastic or stainless steel bottle to clean, you can proceed as follows:

  1. First remove the rubber seal and clean it with a soft cloth under running water.
  2. Now rinse the lid well with hot water and a little detergent.
  3. Dry all components well with a clean tea towel. Before you put the lid and rubber seal back together, let them air dry a little to be on the safe side. This way, bad smells and mold don't stand a chance.

Clean the drinking bottle with home remedies

Which home remedies are suitable for cleaning?

In addition to hot water and dishwashing liquid, there are a number different home remedies, the for cleaning drinking bottles be used. Some of these tips from social media and forums are surprisingly helpful. Others are harmful to your health and are not recommended.

Which Home remedies “top” or a “flop” we'll tell you now: 

Dishwasher tabs

She lremove stubborn dirt, but can be in the concentrated form of you and yours Damage the drinking bottle. If you keep in mind that they are responsible for cleaning the entire contents of the dishwasher, it quickly becomes clear that dishwasher tabs are not an option for cleaning your plastic or stainless steel bottles.

Coarse salt or rice

She are also considered an insider tip and are intended to eliminate mold and odors. The core idea is not wrong at all. Become coarse salt or uncooked rice grains filled and the Bottle shaken, mechanical cleaning occurs.

However, this will damage the material of all drinking bottle models. So stay away from these home remedies!


Vinegar has antibacterial properties and can reliably remove mold and odors from contaminated bottles. If your Drinking bottle stinks, can you 1 tbsp vinegar with hot water Mix and clean your stainless steel bottle with it.

However, this home remedy is not suitable for plastic or aluminum bottles as the material can become porous.

Denture cleaner

In contrast to previous home remedies, this is a real all-rounder. With the help of this special cleaning tablets can be

  • Stainless steel-,
  • Glass-
  • and plastic bottles clean effortlessly.

To do this, simply fill the bottle with hot water and add a tab. The denture cleaner does the rest.

baking powder

Baking powder is also a tried and tested insider tip for stainless steel, glass and aluminum bottles. However, you should not use this cheap home remedy to clean plastic bottles.

All other models benefit from the cost-effective and effortless cleaning performance. You will need one bag of baking powder per drinking bottle, which you fill into the bottle together with hot water. Simply leave it on and then rinse thoroughly. Complete.

Stainless steel drinking bottle from ALPIN LOACKER

Boil out

For many outdoor enthusiasts, boiling is still considered the ultimate way to clean a drinking bottle. But not all materials can withstand high temperatures. Plastic and glass in particular reach their limits here.

The rubber seals in the lid also do not withstand the disinfection method. Therefore, this home remedy is not recommended.

citric acid

Just like vinegar, it has a germicidal effect and can work wonders if your drinking bottle stinks or has mold on it. However, you should never use citric acid pure, but rather dilute it with water beforehand.

Can I clean my drinking bottle in the dishwasher?

Drinking bottles from ALPIN LOACKER you can do so without hesitation Clean dishwasher. Only the bamboo lid should be cleaned by hand. For other models, you should pay attention to the manufacturer's instructions.

Aluminum or plastic bottles in particular often cannot withstand the high temperatures. Even colorful drinking bottles are often not dishwasher safe, as sooner or later the paint literally comes off with this cleaning method.

Do drinking bottles also have to be disinfected?

Disinfecting is often a synonym for boiling. As you know, most water bottles cannot withstand this high heat. Normally it is not even necessary to disinfect your bottle.

Only if there is mold in the Drinking bottle is located or you unpleasant smells If you notice, you should take action.

Here you can special cleaning tablets use or one of the home remedies listed above like

  • Vinegar,
  • citric acid
  • or use a denture cleaner.

Expert tip: However, make sure that your drinking bottle is suitable for the corresponding cleaning method.

How often should I clean my water bottle?

Ideally, you should clean your drinking bottle after each use. However, this is only possible to a limited extent on a hike lasting several days and there is often not enough time in other situations.

If you have your Bottle exclusively for transporting drinking water uses, you have to no worries about mold or odors make. It is sufficient if you rinse the bottle carefully after use and give it a thorough cleaning occasionally.

If you, on the other hand Coffee or sugary drinks If you use it, this is not enough. In this case, you should actually refill your drinking bottle Clean carefully after each useto avoid bacteria and mold.

How do I dry my water bottle after cleaning?

After cleaning, you can clean your drinking bottle with a clean tea towel. To do this, crumple up one end of the cloth and use it to wipe the inside of the bottle. Alternatively, you can dry your drinking bottle upside down in a dish rack.

In both cases, it is important that you only screw on the lid when everything is completely dry and there are no remaining water residues.


Depending on the model, cleaning your drinking bottle is quick and effortless. In addition to the conventional cleaning method with hot water and detergent, some home remedies have also proven to be effective in practice. Above all

  • Baking powder,
  • denture cleaner,
  • Vinegar
  • and citric acid can serve you well.

But always pay attention to the manufacturer's instructions. Plastic and aluminum bottles in particular do not stand up to many cleaning methods.

If you would like to devote your time to things other than cleaning drinking bottles, you should take a look at our stainless steel bottles. These are dishwasher safe and therefore very easy to clean.

Expert tip: To avoid unpleasant smells and mold, you can set the course in advance. If you rinse your equipment well with hot water after each use, bacteria etc. don't stand a chance.


Why is it so important to clean drinking bottles regularly?

It is important to clean water bottles regularly as bacteria and other germs can build up inside. Even when we use water, bacteria from our saliva get into the bottle and can multiply there.

There is also a risk of mold formation when using other liquids such as juices. Regular cleaning ensures hygienic use.

Can I clean my drinking bottle in the dishwasher?

For drinking bottles from ALPIN LOACKER It is safe to clean in the dishwasher, except for the bamboo lid, which should be cleaned by hand. For other models, it is important to follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Plastic and aluminum bottles often cannot withstand the high temperatures of the dishwasher, and colorful drinking bottles can also be damaged by the dishwasher.

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