You love your reusable water bottle, but maybe it’s not dishwasher-safe, or only the lid is dishwasher-safe, or maybe your apartment still doesn’t have a dishwasher.

No sweat — cleaning your water bottle is easy once you know what you’re doing. Seeing as how we’re the experts in all things water bottles, we figured we’d offer our years of expertise so that you know your BPA-free water bottle is getting the squeakiest clean around.

Here’s What You’ll Need

In college, you probably just gave your water bottles a perfunctory rinse under the faucet and laid them down to dry. But you’ve grown up since then. You do your own taxes and you’re not on your parents’ health insurance plan anymore. It’s time for you to purchase your own water bottle and travel mug cleaning brushes. They won’t make a dent in your wallet, and you can use them for washing other small household items too.

You’ll also need dishwashing soap. We love natural options, like Mrs. Meyers Dish Soap or Clorox® Green Works Natural Dishwashing Liquid. If you’re looking for a stronger clean, check your pantry for baking soda or white vinegar.

Finally, clear off a designated area of your counter and lay down a towel so you can store your water bottle upside down to dry overnight. If you have a dish drying rack, that works perfectly.

Here’s How to Do It

Pour out any leftover liquid. Fill the water bottle with a few drops of dishwashing soap and warm water, then screw your lid back on and shake your water bottle for 30 seconds or so. Next, use your water bottle brush to scrub the inside of the bottle (this is especially crucial for bottles with narrow mouths).

Need a deeper clean? Here’s where the baking soda or white vinegar come in. After your soap wash, rinse your bottle and fill it one-fifth with white vinegar, and the rest with water. Let it sit overnight, and thoroughly rinse it out in the morning.

Alternatively, add 1-2 heaping tablespoons of baking soda and warm water to your reusable water bottle. Allow to soak for a few hours, then rinse out thoroughly and let the lid and water bottle dry separately; then, store them separately too, so no hidden moisture gets trapped between the lid and the body.

It’s recommended to wash your water bottle daily if you use it every day (which we know you do, because you understand the importance of hydration).

How to clean reusable water bottles

Once your water bottle has dried, you’re ready to keep hydrating and enjoy the pure taste of a clean, fresh drink of water. Drink on.

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  • Jamie Dean

    I have two stainless steel Autoseal water bottles, ive been using them for about a year. I LOVE THEM!! just recently the lids have started having mold in them. I clean them out and dry separatley. One of them does not keep the ice longer than a few hours either. What do I need to do?

  • Kevin

    We used the clear bottles in the summer and sunscreen has smudged the bottle and can’t seem to be washed off by hand or by dishwasher. How can I clean it off so the bottles are crystal clear again?

  • Margaret

    What is the best way to remove tea stains from the stainless steel bodies of any of your travel mugs? I have a couple different styles.

  • Linda

    I bought the autospout waterbottles for my grandkids. They are great but some of the black rubber rings have come off and I can’t get them back on. What can I do?

    • Contigo

      Hi Linda! You can contact our customer care team here and take advantage of our limited lifetime guarantee:

  • Courtney

    Can I put crystal light of tea in the autospout water bottles? I’d hate to stain my new water bottle.

    • Contigo

      Hi Courtney! We wouldn’t recommend that for AUTOSPOUT water bottles- your Crystal Light would be better in an AUTOCLOSE Shake & Go Tumbler! You can check those out here:

  • George

    Just got and Autospout water bottle.for use on the golf course. I like to freeze water/sport drink to prolong its use. Can I put my bottle in the freezer?

    • Contigo

      Hi George- so glad you’re loving your AUTOSPOUT! We do not recommend putting your bottle in the freezer- instead, why don’t you try one of our AUTOSPOUT bottles with THERMALOCK vacuum insulation, like the Ashland Chill or the Sheffield? They’ll keep your drink ice cold for up to 18 hours. Hope this helps!

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