We’ve all done it, you come home from a long hike and dump your pack on the floor and just leave it there for awhile. You're too tired to empty out your pack now, you'll get to it later. Days pass by and when you open your water bottle up the destict aroma of “water bottle funk” fills the air. Not to fret, It takes less than 5 minutes to totally cleanse that funky bottle.
It’s simple and easy though to get out the gross and get back to fresh clean water for the trail.
What You’ll Need:
- A Funky Water Bottle or Reservoir
- Baking Soda
- Hot Water
Open the Water Bottle and Spoon in about 1/4 of a cup Baking Soda.
Add about 1/8th a cup of Hot Water (but not boiling, you don’t want the plastic to melt!) so you have a cake batter like mix in the bottom.
Close the water bottle and shake the mix around letting it coat the sides of the water bottle. Shake upside down so the mix gets into cap threading.
Usually a simple wash will do the job, but for stubborn odors let the closed water bottle sit upside down for 12-24 hours.
Dump out the mix and clean the bottle with warm water and a bottle brush.
Once all the mix has been rinsed out let the water bottle dry upside down with the cap open preferably on a drying rack so that air can flow in and out of the bottle. Be sure to clean the treading on the inside of the cap.
Refill your fresh smelling water bottle and hit the trail, enjoying clean, non-funky water.