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  • sandyspeed commented on noahw's instructable 5 Ways to Clean a Funky Water Bottle6 months ago
    5 Ways to Clean a Funky Water Bottle

    The best way I have found for removing mold, mildew, tea stains, etc on my lids and o rings is to put them in a small glass jar or pan, anything that will hold boiling water without melting or damaging the receptacle, and then I pour plain boiling water directly onto each ring, lid, or bottle cap, and the offending stain usually comes right off, usually in a floating sheet of crud. If one pour of boiling water doesn't take the stain off right away, then let the rings, lids, caps, etc. soak in the boiling water, while heating up another kettle of boiling water, and then pour it over the rings, lids, caps, etc. again! Two rinsings with boiling water usually works for me on lifting off the crud. Then wash everything in soapy water, rinse, and you are ready to use your containers again, sta...see more »The best way I have found for removing mold, mildew, tea stains, etc on my lids and o rings is to put them in a small glass jar or pan, anything that will hold boiling water without melting or damaging the receptacle, and then I pour plain boiling water directly onto each ring, lid, or bottle cap, and the offending stain usually comes right off, usually in a floating sheet of crud. If one pour of boiling water doesn't take the stain off right away, then let the rings, lids, caps, etc. soak in the boiling water, while heating up another kettle of boiling water, and then pour it over the rings, lids, caps, etc. again! Two rinsings with boiling water usually works for me on lifting off the crud. Then wash everything in soapy water, rinse, and you are ready to use your containers again, stainfree. I actually discovered one time that my son's lunch container from primary school got stored for nearly ten years without being washed. I took it home, removed the lid (gagged a while) and then wiped it out with paper towels, then poured boiling water in the lid and the container (both plastic, both made by Thermos, for storing hot soup). After two go rounds with boiling water, I washed I washed the container with hot soapy water, and then ran it through the dishwasher. The dish was like brand new and my daughter used it for lunch for another ten years. It is still in my cupboards, and when ever someone needs a hot food container, that one is available for use, nearly 30 years after my mom inheirited it from someone else in the family.

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