This summer your Polar Bottle went swimming with you on that epic white water rafting trip, it kept you hydrated during every challenging mountain bike ride, and it had your back as you summited your very first fourteener. And just like you it carries a few scars from all the summer fun and adventure. It’s got an odd smell to it and a bit of residue from the smoothies you made for those early morning trips to the trailhead. Maybe it’s time to show your Polar Bottle a little bit of love. Here’s our bag of tricks an tips to give your beloved bottle a good, end-of-summer cleaning.

Dishwasher or Dish Washer:
Life can get messy and we recommend that you clean your Polar Bottle regularly in the dishwasher or by hand to ensure years of freshness. Place your bottle on the top rack of your dishwasher, and the cap and valve in the silverware tray, to prevent damage from the machine’s heating element. Wash your bottle by hand with a small amount of dish soap and warm water. Scrub and shake the bottle, and squeeze the warm soapy water out through the valve. Then rinse it thoroughly with cold water and place it on a dish rack or towel to dry completely before the next use.

Denture Cleaning Tablets:
Yes, it sounds weird, but denture cleaning tablets are useful for cleaning and disinfecting your Polar Bottle and the ingredients are safe and won’t corrode the plastic. Place one or two tablets in your Polar Bottle and fill it with warm water. Allow it to sit for at least two minutes and then place the cap on and vigorously shake the bottle. Squeeze out all the liquid through the valve and rinse thoroughly with cold water. Place your bottle on a drying rack or towel to air dry.

Vinegar & Baking Soda:
These household products will effectively kill mold and mildew germs, and remove stubborn odors from your Polar Bottle. First, gently clean your bottle with hot water and a drop of liquid dish soap. Next pour 2 tablespoons of baking soda into the bottle and add 1/2 cup of vinegar. The mixture will fizz considerably and most likely fill the bottle. Allow it to sit for at least five minutes and then thoroughly scrub the inside of your Polar Bottle with a bottle brush, or use a fork and a clean sponge. Once you’ve scrubbed it thoroughly, place the cap back on and squeeze the remaining liquid out through the valve. Finally rinse the bottle, cap and valve with cold water and air dry completely.

Dry Rice:
Yes, it’s another odd, and yet effective cleaning solution for your overused Polar Bottle. Fill your bottle about a quarter full of dry rice and add enough warm water to cover it. Add a drop or two of liquid dishwashing soap, secure the cap and close the valve. Shake the bottle forcefully for a couple of minutes or until your arm tires. The rice will act as a scrubber to remove residue and the soap will clean and disinfect. Open the valve, squeeze the liquid out and dump the rice in the trash. Rinse your bottle thoroughly with cold water and allow it to air dry on a dish rack or clean towel.

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