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APR 11, 2024

The Importance of Keeping Your Water Bottles and Shaker Bottles Clean

What good is a water bottle or shaker bottle if you’re not cleaning it properly? Avoid bacteria and mold build-up with these simple steps.

Read time: 5 minutes

We all know that staying hydrated is a cornerstone of maintaining good health. And, as such, many of us turn to reusable water bottles and shaker bottles as convenient solutions - whether we're at the office, hitting the gym, or simply heading out the door on a daily basis.

But, while these bottles are great for keeping us hydrated and supporting our workout recovery, sometimes maintenance can slip under the radar. So, let’s have a frank conversation and a look at why keeping your bottles clean is so important for your health and how we here at PROMiXX chose the right materials and designs to make this task easier.

The Lifesaving Benefits of Staying Hydrated

Before we get into the details of good bottle maintenance, let's just talk a bit about water bottles and shaker bottles. Sure, they’re stylish accessories but more than that, they’re the best way to stay hydrated. And keeping your body well-hydrated is absolutely essential for everything from maintaining your energy levels and mental clarity to supporting digestion and aiding in post-workout recovery. And by choosing a reusable bottle, you’re not only making it easier to drink water throughout the day but also reducing reliance on single-use plastics, making them a win-win for both your health and the planet!

The Hidden Dangers: Bacteria and Mold

To completely misquote Spider-Man's Uncle Ben: with great convenience comes great responsibility. This may sound obvious to most of you reading this but too often the idea of a reusable bottle is paired with some mythical concept that you can just use it over-and-over without washing it. It goes without saying, you shouldn’t be doing that.

In fact, many articles and videos have spread online with people horrified to find that the dark, moist parts of their water bottles and shaker bottles have become a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. BUT (and it’s a big but) only when not cleaned properly. See, this isn’t some inherent flaw in design or poor construction, but poor use by the owner. And, over time, these microorganisms can lead to unpleasant smells, tastes, and even health issues ranging from mild gastrointestinal discomfort to serious bacterial infections.

Choosing the Right Materials: The Advantages of ECOZEN

Now, we’re not just here to lecture. It’s genuinely easy to forget to clean even the best shaker bottle or water bottle after a tough or draining workout. But the risk is that neglected bottles can harbor a variety of bacteria, including E. coli, and molds that can produce toxins. Especially in shaker bottles where protein shakes and other nutrient-rich mixes are stored - failing to clean them promptly and thoroughly can lead to rapid bacterial growth.

This is where the importance of choosing bottles made from the right materials comes into play and why we considered this problem from day one of our design process. BPA (Bisphenol A) is a chemical found in many plastics that can leach into your drinks and pose health risks. Which is why you should only be opting for BPA-free materials, which is the case for every single PROMiXX product!

Enter ECOZEN, a high-performance material that stands out in the world of reusable bottles. ECOZEN is durable, BPA-free, and has the added benefit of not retaining stains or odors. Which ultimately makes your cleaning routine much easier. What’s more, bottles made from ECOZEN are more resistant to the wear and tear of daily use, and their non-retentive properties mean that flavors and smells from yesterday's protein shake won't linger, ensuring your water or shake today tastes fresh. Again... providing you wash it!

The Problem with Wire Ball Shakers

And while mold and bacteria can be a big concern, we have to take aim at some of our so-called competitors. Too often, these brands opt for a cheap wire ball that is supposed to help mix your shakes. But in reality, these metal balls can contribute to the wear of the bottle's interior, leading to scratches where bacteria can hide and flourish. What's more, the friction between the ball and the bottle can lead to the release of microplastics into your beverage, posing additional health risks.

Thankfully, there are safer, more effective alternatives to the wire ball shaker: bottles equipped with a snap-fit agitator. See, snap fit agitators are designed to efficiently mix powders without damaging the bottle or compromising your shake at all! The other, more powerful, alternative is a state of the art electric shaker bottle. Our range of PROMiXX electric shaker bottles use battery-powered mechanisms and x-blade technology to create a smooth, well-mixed drink with minimal effort and no risk of microplastic contamination.

Keeping It Clean

Regardless of the type of bottle you choose, proper maintenance is key. Here are some tips for keeping your bottles in top shape:

  • Rinse your bottle with warm, soapy water after each use.
  • Use a bottle brush to scrub the nooks and crannies, especially if you’ve used it for drinks other than water.
  • For a deep clean, consider using a mixture of vinegar and water or baking soda and water to eliminate any lingering bacteria or smells.
  • Air dry your bottle completely between uses to prevent mold growth.

Staying hydrated and supporting your workout recovery with water bottles and shaker bottles is a smart choice for your health, that much is obvious and we applaud your efforts – good work! However, it's important to keep your bottles clean to avoid the risks associated with bacteria and mold buildup. And by selecting high-quality bottles made from materials like ECOZEN and choosing designs that minimize contamination risks, you can enjoy the benefits of your reusable bottles without compromise. And don’ forget: a clean bottle isn’t just about freshness, it’s a commitment to lasting health and wellness.

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Written by Matthew Stogdon

Matt has been writing for two decades, across print and digital media. He is also an accomplished filmmaker, with several accolades under his belt.

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