Wash yer bidons properly!

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Browser, 24 Jul 2012.

  1. I always try to kep my water bottles clean and sanitary, treating them to an overnight fill of hot water and two Steradent tablets. However, I noticed an unpleasant taste from my Zipvit-logo'd bottle yesterday so decided to do a soak. Checked it this morning and noticed some black staining around the inside of the moving part of the nozzle, Took it to bits and found this;



    That black crud will not come off, despite some energetic scrubbing so I can only assume that mould or similar has got into the silicone rubber of the nozzle. And to think, I've been drinking through that!! xx(
  2. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Atop a Ti
    Mine go in the dishwasher after each use
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  3. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Moderator

    Same - though they get an occasional close scrub too.
  4. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    You re-use your bidons?

    I throw mine away at the start of each climb or sprint.
  5. lulubel

    lulubel Über Member

    Malaga, Spain
    Dishwasher here too. At least, with the heat in there, if there is any mould it will be dead mould.
  6. VamP

    VamP Banned

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  7. compo

    compo Veteran

    I am a peasant. The only dishwasher we have is my wife (when she gives me a night off). So like VamP I use Milton periodically.
  8. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Mould grows in wet places. Simply rinse, drain and allow to dry and no mould will grow.
  9. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    What a waste of money when tap water costs something like £0.006 per litre!

    But just think.... if you refilled your mineral water bottles from the tap, people would still think you were unusually wealthy!
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  10. YahudaMoon

    YahudaMoon Über Member

    Rinse, freezer. Job done. Fresh bottles every time
  11. paulb55

    paulb55 Über Member


    I rinse mine, then put the whole bottle in the freezer and also the top but separate them and i have been doing that for 6 months with the same 2 bottles and just checked them and clean as a whistle so agree with YahudaMoon
  12. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    Some of you lot scare the wits out of me.
    I've just been rinsing out my bottles and putting them back in a kitchen cupboard after use, a maintenance regime that has been in place since I got them with the bike twelve years ago.
    On reading this thread I inspected the bottles and lids with a magnifying glass and can't see anything untoward.
    Should I get a new magnifying glass?
  13. I rinse and allow to throughly dry before putting them away, and from time to time they go int the dishwasher.

    I also use Camelbak Podium bottles so my fluid tastes exactly as it should due to the, "Trutaste Polypropylene with hydroguard which lets you taste your water, not your bottle" :wacko:

    It might seem like Camelbak are trying to baffle with bull$hit but it works. I hate the taste of fluids out of standard plastic bottles xx(
  14. endoman

    endoman Senior Member

    It's biofilm, and bleach is the best thing on the planet to remove it.
  15. gavroche

    gavroche Getting old but not past it

    North Wales
    Dont do anything with mine. Just top it up when needed and rinse it when I remember. No bad effects so far. Still alive and well.
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