How to Clean Your Stainless Steel Bottle
One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is “How do I clean my Pura bottle?” There seems to be a lot of confusion around the best cleaning practices. And not just for our drinking bottles, but for stainless steel in general. Different stainless objects (dinnerware, appliances, furniture, etc) require different cleaning methods. So to answer this question here’s our guide to cleaning your Pura bottle.
First, we need to dispel a common myth about stainless steel. The myth being that stainless steel doesn’t need to be cleaned. After all, it’s stainless steel right? Well, that’s exactly right, it’s stainLESS, not stainPROOF. Eventually even stainless steel will show signs of aging if uncared for. To keep your bottle in tip-top shape and maximize its life we recommend giving your Pura bottle some TLC about once a month.
Let’s start with what NOT to do when cleaning your bottle. Despite being extremely durable, there are some things that don’t mix with stainless steel. One of those is bleach, so do not apply bleach to your stainless steel bottle. Chlorine (which is found in bleach) can stain and corrode stainless steel, which can result in discoloration. Another reason to avoid bleach is that if you accidentally miss some while washing the bleach out, you could risk drinking some of the chemical.
In most cases, warm water and mild dish soap will do the trick. Just mix a small amount of dish soap with warm water, then dip your Pura bottle in and slosh it around. If you happen to have some really caked-on material, we recommend soaking the bottle for just a little while. Use a kitchen brush if needed to gently scrub the inside (or outside) of the bottle. It is typically not necessary to press very hard.
Once you’ve finished washing your bottle, rinse it thoroughly with clean, warm water. Using a clean, dry cloth (or a paper towel, please recycle), wipe down the exterior of the bottle. Then set the bottle upside-down, with cap removed, in a safe place to dry.
Your Pura Stainless lid can be cleaned using the same method as above. Some mild soap, warm water and a gentle scrubbing.
Regarding dishwashers, we personally don’t use them to clean our own bottles. We also don’t recommend cleaning your lid, or painted Pura Stainless bottle, in the dishwasher. The high-pressure jets can force water into the cap (between the stainless steel and plastic part) and the heat can potentially damage the paint on the bottle.
Hope this little how-to helps out. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them below in the comments.