Reusable water bottles are essential to keep you hydrated without single-use plastic bottles. There’s just one catch: Those reusable water bottles can get stinky if you’re just giving them a quick water rinse before you refill.
A TikToker shares a simple, natural hack for cleaning out your reusable water bottle to get rid of odors — and it’s easy and cheap to do.
The video, shared by TikToker Elnaz Hamai to her 160,000-plus followers, shows off an easy way to get rid of those pesky water bottle odors.
Hamai says to add 1 tablespoon of baking soda to the water bottle and fill it up with hot water. Give it a good shake, and let it sit overnight. Then, clean and let dry fully before using.
@elnazhamai Stinky Water Bottle? #bakingsodahack #stinkybottles #cleaningtip #homehack #cleanbottles #howtoclean #hometip ♬ Coi Leray Players DJ Saige Mashup – Saige
How it’s helping
The water bottle hack is so simple to do, especially since most people already have baking soda in the house. It’s an affordable household multitasker that can be used for cleaning, deodorizing, and, of course, baking.
In this hack, you save money on expensive cleaning agents or from throwing out your water bottle entirely.
Reusable water bottles are great for, well, reusing. Americans still use plastic water bottles to the tune of about 50 billion per year, and they are leading contributors to ocean pollution. Given plastic can take hundreds of years to break down in the environment, that means they can accumulate in oceans and landfills, contributing to harmful pollution.
What people are saying
One TikToker offered another helpful tip for de-stinking water bottles. “You can also use denture cleaner dissolve tablets,” they wrote.
“I use some vinegar and baking soda,” wrote another user. “It works amazing.”
Join our free newsletter for easy tips to save more, waste less, and help yourself while helping the planet.