SUMMIT TO SHORE: Theologically and philosophically informed eclectic ruminations on everything between summit to shore, especially cycling, hiking and backpacking, kayaking, religion, spirituality, philosophy, theology, politics, culture, travel, poetry, and creative writing by John Edward Harris, a progressive Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Minister of the Word and Sacrament.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Cleaning Your Hydro Flask
(The following is an updated and revised version of the original post) I
recommend that before your use your Hydro Flask that you visit the Hydro Flask
website and read what they say about Bottle Care. Here is the link: https://www.hydroflask.com/caring-for-your-hydro-flask/
love my Hydro Flasks, all three of them, the 12 oz Wide Mouth, 18 oz Wide Mouth, and 24 oz Wide Mouth. I use one or another almost daily for coffee
or tea. Hydro Flask keeps my morning beveridge of choice hot so long that it might
take me an hour or more before I finish drinking it. Furthermore, I have not
always been careful to rinse and clean my Hydro Flasks after I finish drinking
the contents. That means that there is some residual staining and odor, especially around the bottom were residual coffee or tea has remained sometimes for hours, even a day or more before I rinsed and cleaned the flask, causing even more discoloration and odor.
finally attacked the stain and smell problem by following Hydro Flask's
instructions to “Use baking soda for
cleaning: For those stubborn spots inside your Hydro Flask, mix 2-3 tablespoons
of baking soda with a small amount of warm water to form a scrubbing paste. Dip
the bristles of your bottle brush in the paste and work paste into affected area
on the inside of your flask. Repeat as necessary until stain disappears.”
While following the above
directions found on the Hydro Flask website helped rectify most of the odor and
stain problem, it did not remove everything from the months and even years of
buildup due to neglect. Then I remembered a cleaning solution I had
learned from someplace else, the source of which I can no longer recall. I poured about a tablespoon of coarsely ground salt into the bottom of the Hydro Flask and using the baking powder paste and brush I scrubbed away.
Whenever the salt disintegrated I
either added more salt or started all over with both salt and baking soda paste. After repeating the process three or four
times, also applying a fair amount of elbow grease to the brush, I was finally
able to remove 99% of the smell and stain. The inside on my Hydro Flasks now look and smell almost new.