Some of our Water Gallery customers have expressed concern that if they wash our artistic glass water bottles too often, or even at all, it will damage the art. NOT SO. Because our bottles are made in such a detailed, complex process, baked in a huge kiln multiple times over, the art is essentially flush with the glass bottle itself. In other words, neither water nor soap or even vinegar, if you choose to wash your bottle in a super au naturale way, will damage the art on these beautiful and sturdy bottles. So wash away. And by all means, if you're using the bottle daily, which we hope you are, wash it DAILY (just make sure it's not in the dish washer)! Which brings me to the main point of this blog post-- ARE you washing your reusable water bottles daily? Whether they're glass, plastic, or stainless steel, even if you're just filling them with water, they must be washed on the regular. Sure, water is pretty much as pure of a substance you can find to drink (if you're choosing the kind without sugar or other additives), but even the daily filling and swilling of water from your reusable water bottle will make it dirty. Think about how many times your mouth (during eating, post-eating, in the midst of a sweaty work-out) touches your water bottle, how many germs intermingle with the surface and contents of your water...it's rather disgusting, if you think about it too deeply. Not washing your water bottle is not likely to CREATE germs, but it sure is giving those little buggers a chance to thrive and grow. With all that healthy water-drinking you're doing and the choice of a reusable water bottle (good on you for that!), you're making an excellent daily decision for both your body and the environment. But if you're wracking your brain trying to remember the last time you washed the thing, that healthy choice is no longer quite as healthy. Translation=germ city.
But wait, don't spiral into a panic and go throwing your reusable water bottle away if it's been weeks since you remember washing it. You only need to discard it if it's been truly compromised in some way, such as steel rusting or plastic melting (pretty hard to for glass to be compromised unless it somehow shatters, which makes it the safest and best type of water drinking vessel, if we do say so ourselves!). So don't chuck it-- but, by all means, wash it. And start throwing it in the sink along with the other soon-to-be-washed dishes at the end of the day, EVERY DAY. You want whatever you put in your body to be in its purest, cleanest state, don't you? And the contents of the bottle are only as clean as the bottle itself. It only takes a few seconds to give your reusable water bottle a good sudsing at the end of the day, so make it part of your daily routine.