Water Bottle Nozzle

Zahrii

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My boys have two water bottles. Last week while doing the deep clean I decided to try something different and soak the nozzles in a 60/40 vinegar and water mix for about 5-10 minutes, do a light scrub with the cleaning brush around the nozzle and such, and then finally rinsing with water. Is this cleaning method sufficient, or would I have to go back to using a little bit of dish soap and scrubbing the nozzle by hand and rinsing very well afterwards?
 

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It might be enough, vinegar is a natural antibacterial, but I still like to just do a drop of dish soap when I clean my guys bottles.
 

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It might be enough, vinegar is a natural antibacterial, but I still like to just do a drop of dish soap when I clean my guys bottles.
My main worry is if there's a tiny bit of soap left. I also can't clean the inside of the nozzle because I can't find a brush that's thin enough, so I just drained soapy water through it and hoped for the best.
 

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My main worry is if there's a tiny bit of soap left. I also can't clean the inside of the nozzle because I can't find a brush that's thin enough, so I just drained soapy water through it and hoped for the best.
Oh, I got a straw brush to clean the nozzle of the water bottles.
 

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I can't seem to find one thin enough on Amazon that would fit the nozzle for some reason. :unsure:
Hm, are you looking at bottle brushes or actual drink straw cleaning brushes? The nozzle on most water bottles are about the same as most metal straws. But doing a quick search on Amazon.com I came up with this it's a whole assortment of sizes atleast one of those should fit. The bottle and nozzle cleaning set I have looks like this
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Hm, are you looking at bottle brushes or actual drink straw cleaning brushes? The nozzle on most water bottles are about the same as most metal straws. But doing a quick search on Amazon.com I came up with this it's a whole assortment of sizes atleast one of those should fit. The bottle and nozzle cleaning set I have looks like this
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Thank you so much. Is there a specific method you use to making sure all the soap is gone, or do you just rinse it really well? Also, could I use the vinegar method once more if the brushes don't arrive on time?
 

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Thank you so much. Is there a specific method you use to making sure all the soap is gone, or do you just rinse it really well? Also, could I use the vinegar method once more if the brushes don't arrive on time?
I just rinse until I see no more bubbles. The vinegar should be fine, thinking about it it's probably safer too. I never really thought about using vinegar, I use vinegar for my other cleaning of chin stuff, but I guess I've always just thought bottle=dish so use dish soap, lol.
 

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I just rinse until I see no more bubbles. The vinegar should be fine, thinking about it it's probably safer too. I never really thought about using vinegar, I use vinegar for my other cleaning of chin stuff, but I guess I've always just thought bottle=dish so use dish soap, lol.
Would you say soap is still better?
 

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How about one of those thinner brushes now designed for cleaning reusable straws?! You should be able to find one suitable for getting into the nozzle and can use vinegar/water instead of any soap.
 

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Marketing tactics would have us believe we “need” soap, bleach, fragrance, for cleaning. Read labels first. Many household cleaners including dish & laundry soaps (detergents) contain petroleum, artificial colors, and other chemicals. Baking soda works as a scrubbing agent and removes tea or coffee stains from pots & cups. It neutralizes orders, softens water (which allows stain release) and can be safely added to laundry. As previously noted, vinegar is naturally antibacterial and neutralizes urine/ammonia.
I have hedgies and reading this forum have come to realize they are not nearly as labor intensive or sensitive as chins. Drinking from bottles is not a natural position for hedgies so I use dishes. I use dish soap on their dishes and wheels daily. My preferred brand is Seventh Generation as ingredients are plant based, non-petroleum, and it rinsed clean. Liners and blankets are washed using Seveth Generation laundry soap with a bit of baking soda added to the washer. White vinegar is used in the bleach dispenser. I’ve learned that vinegar can act as a fabric softener as well in the washer. BTW this is what I use for my own laundry as well.
 

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