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How to clean your kids water bottle

Whew hoo, you have made it to 6 months old. Your baby is now eating spoon-fed food and old enough to have water and other liquids. This is the beginning of an exciting new phase and at this age, we suggest a non-spill cup with handles and either a soft spout or straw.

Once your baby is around 12 months old, your child can drink from any water bottle and even an open cup however as we love the world that we live in we suggest that you do not introduce plastic straws into your home.

Water bottles are the way to go and as a parent, I can vouch for the fact that my kids have 2-3 water bottles each spread between the house, bedroom and car. As you will often throw your child’s water bottle in your baby bag of handbag I strongly suggest that you purchase one with a non-spill valve.

Plastic Straws are a 3.5 Billion problem. 

For this reason, reusable water bottles have become a nearly must-have accessory and reusable straws are gaining in popularity but how do we clean a kids water bottle straws.

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So how do we Clean Reusable Bottles and Straws

Ideally, reusable bottles with straws are made from glass, stainless steel, silicone, bamboo, and reed and should be washed every evening to stop Bacteria and fungi are lurking in there! If your household is like mine, this may not happen every evening and from time to time we need to give our water bottle straws a thorough wash on the weekend.


  • Hot water
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Baking soda
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Distilled white vinegar


  • Straw brush or chenille stems
  • Bottlebrush
  • Sink with drainer

5 Steps to a Clean a Water Bottle Straw

  1. Mix a Cleaning Solution

    Mix a few squirts of dishwashing liquid with hot water in a sink or dishpan to create a cleaning solution for the straws.

    While some straws are labelled as dishwasher safe, they still need some hands-on attention before you put them upright in the silverware basket. The water from the dishwasher cannot always reach every interior surface, especially in straws with a bend.

  2.  Straw Brush

    Dip a narrow straw brush in the cleaning solution, insert in the straw, and pass it through the entire length of the straw. If you do not have a brush, you can use pipe cleaners (chenille stems) in the same way. The pipe cleaner should be thick enough so that it touches all sides of the interior of the straw. Twist several pip cleaners together to create a thicker “brush” if you

  3. Remove Stuck-on Particles

    If you can still see bits inside of the straw, dip the wet brush or pipe cleaners in some baking soda and try again as Baking soda is a gentle abrasive that will help remove stuck-on food.

  4. Rinse and Dry

    Finish by rinsing the straw in hot water and allow it to dry upright in a clean glass or dish drainer.

How to Clean your child’s Water Bottles

Most water bottles are easy to keep clean. Check the manufacturer’s instructions and if allowed pop it into the dishwasher.

Ideally, bottles should be thoroughly cleaned every couple of days.

  1. Mix a Cleaning Solution

    Mix hot water and a few squirts of dishwashing liquid to create a cleaning solution.

  2. Wash the Bottle

    Whether you have a glass, stainless steel or hard plastic bottle, the clean-up is the same. Use a bottle brush and the hot, soapy water to reach every interior surface.

  3. Rinse and Dry

    Rinse all components well with warm water and allow them to air dry in a dish drainer.

  4. Sanitize the Bottle Weekly

Hot water and soap won’t kill every type of bacteria. Once a week, you should disinfect the bottles and straws with or distilled white vinegar to remove all bacteria and fungi spores.

Mix a solution of two tablespoons distilled white vinegar per one cup of hot water. Make enough to fill the water bottle and some extra to soak lids. Fill the bottle and let it sit for 15 minutes. Empty and rinse well with hot water and allow to air dry.

Mould usually does not cause any symptoms, said Dr Jennifer Shu, a pediatrician and co-author of “Heading Home with Your Newborn.
“Individuals who are sensitive or allergic to mould may experience nasal congestion or wheezing,” she said. “In general, mould creates more of an ‘ick’ factor than the actual illness.”
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