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Do You Refill Your Plastic Water Bottle? You might think twice…


The Water Bottle Way

I think everybody refills their water bottle right? Of course we do, we like to save money and the planet all at the same time. It’s as if we are modern day heroes doing our bit for the world as we smile away refilling our water bottle. 

Well allow me to shut that S—t down!

It turns out that the bottles we’re all refilling, are jacked with so many germs that you might as well lick a toilet seat like strawberry ice cream.

The website treadmillreviews.net wrote an article where they tested refilled water bottles that had been used by an athlete for a week.  Metro stated that the highest number of bacteria found on one bottle, contained over 900,000 colony-forming units per square cm on average – as I said earlier way more than a toilet. (nasty)

water bottle germs

But hold on it gets better; researchers also found that 60 per cent of the germs found were capable of making you sick. So if you are a notorious bottle refiller, then BINGO you might have found the cause my friend!

Cherry on The Cake

As well as the fact that it’s clearly disgustingly unhygienic, Good Housekeeping identified that nasty chemicals from the plastic get released as it breaks down when used frequently.

Oh the joy of poisonous chemicals as I smile sipping on some water, feeling good about myself as I try to make the world a better place!

Anyway, instead of reusing the plastic water bottles, I highly recommend that you drink from them once and then recycle. If you want to refill your bottles then I strongly suggest that your purchase BPA-free plastic bottles. And really avoid rinsing normal plastic bottles in very hot water, because this encourages the chemicals to release faster than normal.

So, yeah, through that shizzle in the bin –  but still keep up with your daily water intake!

As always #livebetter


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18 Comments

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    MELANIE EDJOURIAN
    July 25, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    I discovered years ago that plastic bottles contain loads of bacteria. Since then I don’t refill my bottles especially as they also release chemicals into the bottle when reused.

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    Jeenu Pillai
    July 26, 2017 at 4:29 am

    Thanks a million for sharing this information. I am definitely not going to refill my plastic water bottles now.

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    Arra Odeza
    July 26, 2017 at 5:17 am

    I must admit that I do this most of the time. I didn’t know that reusing bottle can contain over 900,000 colony-forming units of bacteria. That’s very disgusting 🙁 I should share this useful info to my family and friends.

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    inbar
    July 26, 2017 at 5:34 am

    Oh no, I have so many bottles that I’m keeping for refill to go to the pool and the ocean with, completely wrong, now I see that, thank you

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    Rachel
    July 27, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Thanks for this advice. I keep on re-filling our bottles with fresh water and did not realise. I might think twice now!!

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    Sheri
    July 27, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Yuck. And thanks. I am glad I do not refill water bottles. I never have and I am now 100% sure I never will.

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    EG III
    July 27, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    I found this out during a brief stint in a hospital and I’ve tried to avoid plastic bottles for the most part since then. I’ve moved on to BPA-free, refillable bottles instead…but a part of my questions the cleanliness of those as well.

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    Besties Notepad
    July 27, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    That’s a very useful information!
    Though we used BPA-free bottles for our use but have seen people recycling the normal plastic ones. Will share the link! Thanks!

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    eliza
    July 27, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    I heard this before from a man discussing about health, though I didn’t pay attention and was not able to get details about it. Thank you for pulling this out – helpful and informative.

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    Our Family World
    July 28, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Thanks for sharing this informative post. I know there are water bottles that are refillable, while some are meant to be discarded. I will share this post with friends and family so they too may be aware of the dangers.

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      Hal
      July 29, 2017 at 11:20 am

      ya welcome

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    Liza Perry
    July 28, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    In Paris we do refill plastic bottles. It is in the city rules; Thanks for sharing such an important topic!

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    Via Bella
    July 29, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    You are talking the waters you buy in store right? Not the BPA free ones you buy just to have a Nalgene, right?
    Very useful to know… and disgusting.

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      Hal
      July 29, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      yea- i recently bought some bpa free bottles…cos i thought i was doing my bit for the world

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    Tiina A
    July 29, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    I try to choose another kind of bottle to refill nowadays, but sometimes I just have to use plastic ones, I know they are not the healthiest choice…

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    Gaurav Kumar
    July 30, 2017 at 2:40 am

    it is good to know why I should not refill water bottles. thanks for sharing.

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    Dinesh
    July 31, 2017 at 4:20 am

    I take care to fill my regular bottle, not the plastic one.. Harmful chemicals found in plastic bottles do scare me

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    Jane
    August 19, 2017 at 9:37 am

    As read this, I have my water bottle and I feel like I am going to get sick after reading this! How scary! Thank you for sharing this

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