How to Clean and Care for a Reusable Stainless Steel Water Bottle

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Cheeki is Australia’s original stainless steel water bottle brand. Producing premium reusable products since 2009 to eliminate single-use plastic food and drink containers.


Step 5: Baking Soda and Water Soak

Another method that works really well is to add one or two heaping teaspoons of baking soda and warm water into the water bottle and let that soak for a few hours.   After the soak wash vigorously with soap and water and reassess.


Fill a spray bottle with distilled, white wine vinegar and cover the stained area (in some people’s cases – the entire bottle) with the spray.

Wait ten minutes, then fill the bottle with boiling water. Set aside, and once completely cool, pour the mixture out.

Then, simply buff away the stain with a cloth and rinse with warm, soapy water.

How to clean a coffee thermos

Now that you have a good idea of the range of options available to you when it comes to general thermos cleaning, we’re going to look at how to specifically clean a coffee thermos.

If you’re reading this, you’re probably the type of thermos owner who loves their caffeine hit in the morning, but the bottle is then often left unwashed at your desk until the end of the working day.

Have no fear! We know this can make your other drinks taste a little strange, or could even start to grow a dangerous mould around the top of your flask.

That’s why we’ve sourced a few methods especially for you.

Step 3: Wash in Dishwasher

Stainless steel water bottles are dishwasher safe.  Put the water bottle into the dishwasher for a full “hot” cycle.  The high temps and strong(er) dishwasher detergent may result in success. If you’ve still got funk, read on.

1. Distilled white vinegar

Vinegar is a fantastic natural cleaning agent that will help to disinfect and sanitise your bottle.

  • Fill the bottle with equal parts water and vinegar.
  • Put the lid on and give the bottle a few good shakes, swirling the mixture around.
  • Let it soak overnight and then rinse out with warm water the next day. 

Daily maintenance of your stainless steel bottle

If you’re using your stainless steel water bottle

If you’re using your stainless steel water bottle every day, there are a few daily tasks you should do to keep your bottle in top condition. After using it, unscrew the lid and run it through the dishwasher. All of our tumblers, lids and straws are completely dishwasher safe. Make sure the lid is completely dry before putting it back on the bottle though so it doesn’t become a breeding ground for germs!

Also, wash the bottle out thoroughly using warm water and soap. To get into those tricky nooks and crannies you can use a cloth or a small brush to scrub the inside and remove any build up. Rinse the bottle out thoroughly and again leave it to dry completely before using it again.

Lifetime Guarantee

We created our bottles to be the most durable on the planet, so we slapped the lifetime guarantee on them. 

One of the main reasons we made these bottles is to create an eco friendly product and help make the Earth a little more healthy.

If your bottle is dented up and/or not working right, just contact us and we’ll set you up with a brand new one. Before replacing because of dents, consider if it negatively affects your bottle, or just looks worn in. It’s up to you whether to replace or not.

Everyday way to clean your stainless steel water bottle

The best and easiest way to clean your stainless steel water bottle is with warm, soapy water. This is the everyday way.

For a daily clean, swill out and wash all parts with warm, soapy water. Make sure the drinking spout, cap and threading where the cap screws down to are all cleaned. It’s these parts that are most likely to get dirty.  

You’ll also need to clean the inside of the bottle. It may be difficult to reach the bottom of the container, particularly if you haven’t got a soft bottle brush, which I haven’t.

So I like to fill it half way with hot, soapy water, put the top on and give it a shake for 30-60 seconds.

Once clean, leave it to air dry on a drying rack and it’s good to go again.

What is Stainless Steel Exactly?

Steel that contains chromium becomes “stainless”, because of chromium’s ability to prevent oxidation and rust.

Our bottles are made with 18/8 stainless steel, which is 18% chromium, 8% nickel and 74% iron. This is a common type of stainless steel used in bottles and kitchenware.

Our bottles are all 18/8 stainless steel inside and 18/10 stainless steel outside. The colored bottles are have an extra layer of powder coating on the outside.

How to disinfect water bottles for a deep clean

While cleaning your bottle daily will get rid of the germs that build up daily, give your bottle a deep clean every-so-often to make sure you’re killing any nasty bacteria that may be lingering. These steps walk you through how to disinfect a bottle effectively.

  1. Squeeze or pour the solution out through nozzle or opening

    Rinse very thoroughly, ensuring that all the cleaning solution is removed.

Remember: Follow the safety guidelines on the label when using bleach and be sure it has thoroughly been rinsed out of any bottle before drinking from them again.

How to clean glass water bottles and glass jars

To a certain extent, the techniques needed to clean glass bottles depend on what they’ve been filled with previously. Oil, alcohol, syrup and milk all leave slightly different residues behind.

Again, when it comes to knowing how to clean bottles and sterilise water bottles, simply putting them through the dishwasher is a cheap and low-effort method. However, if this is not readily available to you, there are other ways of cleaning glass bottles and jars inside and out that are equally effective.

  1. Wash with hot water and dishwasher soap

    Use good quality soap and thoroughly wash, as with other water bottles.

  2. Use specifically designed sanitising tablets

    Drop one into a bottle full of warm water and leave for 15-30 minutes, then rinse and enjoy the results. Read and follow the product instructions to get the best finish.

How to clean stainless steel chafing dishes

Chafing dishes are often found at food buffets, in restaurants or at special events. Similar to a bains marie, chafing dishes keep food warm without cooking it further. To clean stainless steel chafing dishes, simply pre-rinse and stack them in a commercial dishwasher. It’s unlikely chafing dishes will fit in a standard home dishwasher, but if you’re asking about chafing dishes at all, we’re betting you have access to a commercial dishwasher. Since chafing dishes are typically used in conjunction with fuel and an open flame, never use flammable cleaning chemicals when washing up. 4



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