Monisha's Minute: I Grossed Me Out!

It’s race season and I’m so excited! Long runs are getting longer and it’s time to whip out the water bottle belt. If you’re like me and have a few races under your belt, you’ve seen your fair share of nasty water stations. My main reason for carrying my own fluids on race day is water stations gross me out. If I’m thirsty the last thing I want is to run up to a water station where a race volunteer has just dipped a pitcher (and their whole hand) in a trash can full of watered down Gatorade. Eww! But you know what I’ve discovered that’s more disgusting than that? A water bottle that has not been thoroughly cleaned.

Earlier this week I decided to pull the water bottle spout out of the water top and was floored at what I saw!

 Clean Water Bottle Top Dirty Water Bottle

That’s worse than volunteer Sally dipping his/her nasty hands in the trash can to pour me a refreshing drink! I wash them after every use but to prevent my water bottles from being really gross again, I’ve decided to deep clean them once a week.

Here are my supplies:

  • A .99 cents baby bottle cleaner

Baby Bottle Cleaner

  • hot water
  • dish washing liquid
  • a large cup

Here are the steps:

  • Separate the spout from the top
  • Soak the spouts and tops in a cup of hot water and dish washing liquid

Clean Water Bottle Tops

  • Use a baby bottle cleaner to scrub the inside of the bottle with hot water and dish washing liquid

How To Clean a Water Bottle

  • Use the skinny end of the baby bottle cleaner to clean inside of the bottle top
  • Let all pieces air dry separately

Love, Peace, and Sweat

Monisha R.

Monisha I. Randolph is a Senior Contributing Blogger for Sporty Afros. Founder of Runner’s Revelations, Monisha is a RRCA Certified Distance Running Coach  specializing in running clinics and training programs for beginner runners. She’s also the author of Runner’s Revelations: How Running Changed My Walk. To learn more about Monisha please visit Follow her on Twitter @RunRevelations , join the Runner’s Revelations Fan Community on Facebook, and subscribe to the Runner’s Revelations Youtube channel

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