Workplace Wellness Insights: When’s the Last Time You Properly Cleaned Your Water Bottle?
Each month, we send out our RK Healthy Workforce wellness newsletter. In it, we provide health and wellness tips for your work and life. Your reusable water bottle may be carrying a dirty secret—bacteria. That’s right. Because bacteria thrive in a moist environment, your reusable bottle is the ideal breeding ground for bacteria. If you don’t properly clean your reusable water bottle—and its cap and straw—at the end of each day, you’re putting yourself at risk of getting sick.
Here are some tips for how to easily clean your bottle and keep bacteria at bay:
- Use the dishwasher—Check to see if your water bottle is dishwasher-safe. If it is, disassemble the bottle and run the dishwasher at its hottest wash and dry setting to kill any bacteria. Make sure that the bottle is totally dry before using it, too.
- Wash with soap and water—You can effectively wash your reusable bottle by hand with hot water and soap. Make sure that you dry off your clean bottle with paper towel or a clean cloth to avoid introducing any new bacteria on your clean bottle.
- Use hydrogen peroxide—This is a good option if you haven’t washed your bottle in a while and there’s a slimy film or odor in your bottle. First, clean your bottle thoroughly with soap and hot water. Then, pour about cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide in the bottle, replace the lid and shake it vigorously. Then rinse out the bottle to make sure the hydrogen peroxide is gone, and dry the bottle with a clean cloth or paper towel.
Our monthly wellness newsletter also provides healthy recipes, seasonal tips and other valuable resources. In October, other topics include:
- Chocolate Chip Yogurt Cookies Recipe
- Don’t Let These Devices Steal Your Sleep
- Stretch the Stress of the Workday Away
If you would like to receive this newsletter in your email each month, contact your R&K client manager. Also, check back with us next month for more workplace wellness insights.