According to a new study, using a refill water bottle is doing more harm then good.
The study conducted by Treadmill Reviews has found that refill water bottles have massive levels of potentially harmful bacteria. In fact, researchers revealed that drinking from the average refillable bottle “can be many times worse than licking your dog’s toy.”
Four different types of refill bottles were tested after they were used by athletes for one week The results were nothing short of frightening.
The study discovered that the average athlete’s water bottle had 313,499 CFU (colony-forming units of bacteria). In comparison the average dog toy only has 2,937.
However, some types of refill water bottles were found to be worse than others.
The slide-top refill bottle may be convenient to stop unwanted spillages while rushing to work or doing your morning exercise, but it harbored the most germs.
The slide top bottles had a whopping average of 933,340 CFU, while straw top water bottles stood out with a mere 25.4 CFU.
The classic screw-top bottles had 159,060 CFU, and the squeeze top had an average of 161,971 CFU. However, although paling in comparison to the surprising levels found on the slide top, the squeeze top’s bacteria were way more harmful.
Nearly 99 percent of the bacteria found on the squeeze refill bottle were classed as harmful, and many had traces of antibiotic-immune bacteria, such as the food poisoning-causing E. coli.
In all, more than 60 percent of the germs found on water refill bottles had the potential to make you sick. Therefore, researchers highly suggest choosing stainless steel over plastic bottles and not letting your half filled bottle sit in the bottom of your bag for weeks.
They recommend running them through the dishwasher or using a weak bleach solution to give them a wash by hand after each use.
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