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Discussion Forum - Gear ! - Is it safe to reuse a cheap one-use water bottle

Author: Matthew Hand
Posted: Mon 9th Oct 2017, 10:26
Joined: 2001
Local Group: Mid Wales
A Fairy Liquid bottle (other makes are available!), near unbreakable plastic and a good shape for fitting in side pockets, being slightly flattened + a squirty spout. They wash out well and don't taste of washing up liquid.

My recommendation.
Author: Michael Jones
Posted: Sun 8th Oct 2017, 21:06
Joined: 2011
Local Group: Heart of England
I use the same "single use" plastic bottle for maybe 6 months or so; most bottles are shaped so there are one or two places which are almost impossible to reach with a brush, so after a while the dirt starts to build up in those and makes me think it might be time to replace the bottle. I've never suffered any ill-effects from this reuse, so I presume it is safe.
Author: Kevin Thomas
Posted: Tue 3rd Oct 2017, 17:07
Joined: 2013
Local Group: Calderdale
I only use 'single use' plastic water bottles when walking. When walking in the Alps in summer I buy a 1.5 litre bottle of water then keep refilling it as needed, without any sterilising such as those who use bladders perform. I will refill them 10 to 15 times over a couple of weeks - they are remarkably robust - and I have not suffered any ill effects. As long as the tap water is potable buying new bottles is unnecessary and wasteful.
Author: John Pennifold
Posted: Thu 6th Jul 2017, 8:37
Joined: 1996
Local Group: London
Here's a little video from the BBC, which comes to the conclusion that it's generally Ok, as long as you wash it and it's not damaged.

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