Last year I switched out all of my plastic from my cupboards for glass mainly because of all the health related research that has been published over the last year about plastic leaching chemicals like BPA and other nasty things contributing to Miscarriages, Alzheimer’s and Cancer etc. The FDA has yet to make a final call on banning some of these chemicals in our plastic so obviously we have to do a preemptive strike and protect ourselves first. No use being the guinea pig! So we switched out all of out Tupperware and drinking containers for glass and it has been absolutely wonderful. I did run into one tiny problem with glass though, in the carafes and water bottles I began to notice a light green film at the bottom, algae. I am not afraid of algae, some is even good for you. But no, no I don’t want algae in my drinking water. And in some of my bottles it is downright impossible to get in there and clean the bottom. So, I googled a way to get the algae out and was SHOCKED to hear advice telling me to use BLEACH!!! Seriously OMG. I would drink algae any day of the week before I put a downright POISON in my beautiful glasses to clean them!! I was laughing out loud, but at the same time I had no solution to my problem. And now I do.
You will need:
- 1 glass bottle with some algae at the bottom
- 1 TBSP baking soda
- 1 large splash of white vinegar
- 1 large splash of boiling water
- 1 TBSP rice
Swish this mixture around and the algae is gone is seconds. Rinse out and you are done! If you want you can add some soapy water and swish that around before you add your drinking water. But rest assured you will have a super clean, disinfected and crystal clear drinking bottle at the end of this extremely easy process. And no death bleach necessary. (Many comments under the bleach suggestions said it didn’t work anyways!) You will probably only need to do this once a week, so glass is still quite low maintenance.
If you are looking for amazing glass bottles to store your drinking water, IKEA has some like the one pictured above that cost around $4 a bottle which is insane considering I saw them at Pottery Barn for $16 each for the same look. We get so many compliments when we have dinner parties and use our beautiful bottles for our guests.