I couldn\'t count the number of times I took a drink from a water bottle and casually thought, \"I should really wash it quickly.
\"How many times have I actually washed? A lot fewer.
Let\'s add it to my list of New Year\'s resolutions.
A 2018 study from Brazil shows that water bottle
s, especially those you go to the gym, accumulate more bacteria than you think.
The researchers studied the shaker bottles used to mix smoothies during the trip, comparing 30 clean, unused bottles with 30 bottles belonging to the gym --goers.
The result: 83% of the old bottles were contaminated.
The biggest culprit of bacteria?
S. aureus, bacteria causing infection of S. aureus, and E. colicoli.
Related: You need to add this water bottle cleaning brush to your Amazon shopping cart as soon as possible, don\'t panic: the researchers say these results are not entirely surprising. E.
According to the Mayo Clinic, E. coli is present in the internal organs of healthy people, although some strains can cause disease.
S. aureus usually does not cause problems.
The Mayo Clinic says it often appears in people\'s skin and nose. Still -
Maybe not what you want to drink.
How often should you wash that bottle?
The researchers told the runner world that ideally after each use.
They also recommend using steel, metal, or glass bottles instead of plastic that is easier to attach to bacteria.
If it\'s safe, you can simply stick the bottle to the dishwasher for cleaning (
Check the bottom of the bottle or the brand website to make sure). No dishwasher?
Pour some warm water and a few drops of dishwashing soap, close the bottle and shake it clean.
Don\'t forget to scrub the hat and straw with a soap sponge.
It\'s also good to know: Most contamination comes from handling bottles instead of actually drinking bottles, researchers say, so be sure to wash your hands properly and even touch your face after going to the bathroom for exercise
Adding more hand washing and washing dishes doesn\'t sound fun, but if it keeps my bottle clean and cute for many of the next workouts, hey, I\'ll give it a try.