We all know we should drink more water to keep our bodies hydrated and flush out the toxins. And you are probably also aware that “disposable” plastic water bottles made of precious petroleum consume huge amounts of resources to create and then recycle. Those are just a few of the reasons that many of us carry around our own reusable water bottles. It’s an eco-friendly and healthy practice!
But one thing that can make reusable water bottles less-than-healthy is all the bacteria collected throughout the day. We pick up the water bottle with hands that haven’t been washed. We set it down on the ground at the playground. It rides around in our purses with who knows what else! If you’re like me, you might only scrub out your reusable bottle every other day. How to prevent germs transferring from the outside of the bottle into our mouths? Or incubating inside the reservoir?
Once again, essential oils to the rescue! Of course, all essential oils have some degree of germ-killing properties. Tea tree (melaleuca) has one of the highest, but do you really want that taste in your mouth all day?
My favorite way to sanitize by far is: lemon oil!
A super easy solution: just add 1-3 drops of (food safe) lemon essential oil to your water bottle right after washing and drying. Fill with water for a refreshing lemon taste. You can keep refilling for about 2 days and the lemon oil will remain coating the inside of the bottle until you wash it next.
NOTE: Never use an oil marked “aromatherapy use only” for ingestion! Essential oils approved as food safe by the FDA will have a nutritional label on them. You can buy your food safe lemon oil here (click “Product List”).
So simple, and leaves you with a fresh lemon taste. If you don’t love the taste, use less oil and it should dissipate faster.