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Four Tips to Care For Any Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Stainless steel water bottles are durable, non-leaching and non-reactive to most drinks. Most are designed to last for years and many are designed to provide a lifetime of service. A few are even rugged enough to be placed in campfires and used for heating soup or beverages. Still, there are some things that can damage even a top quality bottle. Some of these are common knowledge items and some are things that people might never think of. For the record, here are some tips to help make any water bottle last as long as it can.
First, get a sleeve for the outside of the bottle. Yes the graphics on the outside of the bottle are beautiful, but normal wear and tear will soon scratch that pretty finish. To make it last, get either a neoprene or insulated cover made from another material like quilted cotton or nylon. There are a couple of added benefits from covers: they act as insulators to help keep beverages hot or cold longer, and second, they often come with a shoulder strap that makes carrying some of the larger bottles much easier.
The Second tip is to never try to freeze anything inside the bottle. Many of us are used to putting plastic bottles into the freezer to produce a very cold beverage. Stainless steel water bottles are different and much less forgiving of the freezer. Water or other fluids will expand when frozen and that expansion can be enough to burst a metal bottle. In fact, a double-walled bottle may show no outward signs of bursting, but may have suffered an internal rupture that would allow fluids to enter the space between the walls and thereby render the bottle useless.
The Third Tip is exactly the opposite of number two. Never put a metal bottle into the microwave. Again, all of us are used to dealing with plastic bottles and ceramic or glass cups, so this is a precaution that many might not think of, especially if the bottle is surrounded by a insulated jacket that hides the metal. While some stainless steel bottles are rated to handle an open flame, for use on a campfire, none are made for the microwave.
The Fourth and last Tip is one for cleaning. Stainless steel bottles can be cleaned using a standard denture tablet, or a bit of baking soda and vinegar. The warning here is to remember to leave the bottle uncapped after placing these types of foaming products inside. The odds are that nothing would happen to the bottle, but anyone removing the stopper after the contents had foamed and pressurized might get a messy and potentially dangerous surprise.
All of us want to reduce our reliance on plastics, and with the recent scares about chemicals leaching into food and beverages from certain plastic products, many of us are finding that stainless steel water bottles are an excellent choice to protect both ourselves and our families. But these bottles are not like plastic ones, and they require just a tiny bit more care.
Billy Oatey grew up in Northern Lower Michigan and has enjoyed hiking and fishing in many places within the State. In his travels around Michigan, he often carries mugs of coffee or bottled water and has seen first hand how disposable plastic bottles are ruining the wild parts of our world. He now sells stainless steel water bottles and travel mugs at his blog http://stainlesssteeltravelmug.org
The average person can find it difficult to do anything for the ecology, but using recyclable and reusable bottles and cups is something everyone can do easily.
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