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     We all have a sports bottle we use when going out for a jog, to the gym or just hanging out with friends, but do you have the right one? Is it safe? When is the last time you cleaned it? Ever look inside it?

     I have studied the dangers of different chemicals that can leach into your water/beverage from plastic at different temeratures extensively and came to one conclusion: Plastic isn't that safe.  


*** FIRST: AVOID ANY PLASTIC SPORTS BOTTLES AT ALL COSTS: I don’t care what safety rating they have on the little triangle on the bottom of your sports bottle:  There is always a chance of some BPA’s, estrogen or other chemicals leaching into your water from plastic. I don’t know how the USDA tests for safe levels you can drink, and I don’t care: NO LEVEL OF BPA’s, ESTROGEN OR CHEMICALS ARE SAFE TO ME.



***GET A METAL SPORTS BOTTLE! Nothing says “Badass” like a cool, metal sports bottle, and they are much safer than plastic ones. I have different colors, anodized, some with skulls and other designs. The polished raw metal ones I have are really badass!!! Lined or not… They’re excellent  and make you look like a rock star!  

Look inside your sports bottle:

Do you see any dark spots? When is the last time you thoroughly cleaned it?

  ***And don’t use the left over water you had in your bottle from the day before. If you do: YA NASTY! Ever hear of “backwash”? No matter how you drink/sip on your sports bottle, there always a chance of the water from your mouth backwashing back into your bottle.  Leave that overnight in a gym bag or hot car where the bacteria and germs can accumulate and you run the risk of getting a stomach ache, diarrhea or worse! DO NOT USE BLEACH ON A METAL SPORTS BOTTLE! Bleach reacts with the metal and can be very harmful. Regular soap and water with a bottle brush is great, even better? An 8 to 1 solution of vinegar or baking soda. Your sports bottle will be fresh, clean and ready for that delicious cold drink of water during a workout… Ahhh!!!



Posted by

Luke Constantino
Remax At The Slope
261 4th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215
Office: (718) 532-2000
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William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Surprising how many people do not wash out their bottles after a use or two.

Mar 24, 2017 09:33 AM
Luke Constantino

They're nasty William!!! 

Have a healthy day!!! 

Mar 26, 2017 06:17 AM
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

Nice post Luke.  I use a Camelback on my bike rides, and don't know how to get around plastic on a long ride...

Mar 24, 2017 01:56 PM
Luke Constantino

Man... I love those Camelbacks. Use to use them for rock climbing/bike riding. They make the metal bottles with the caliper clips on them. I would think about hydrating before a long journey with water with electrolites and a banana for potassium. Have a healthy day! 

Mar 26, 2017 06:16 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Luke- let's hope more people read this.  I've been using a Klean Kanteen since I was given one several years ago.  In fact, I use it at home even when I'm not going anywhere.  One other thing I do is take all of our lids that we use and soak them in a vinegar solution just to make sure they're getting clean. 

Mar 25, 2017 02:17 PM
Luke Constantino

Klean Kanteens are awesome!!!  I myself like the wide moth ones! I can see keeping a cold drink in that insulated steel bottle all day! 

Mar 25, 2017 03:39 PM
Kathy Streib

I have the wide mouth bottles as well and you're right...it can stay cold all day long!!!

Mar 25, 2017 06:04 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

                              Thank you Luke Constantino 

Mar 25, 2017 06:04 PM
Luke Constantino

Wooo... Thank you Kathy! An educated person is a happy person... Have a healthy day!!! 

Mar 26, 2017 06:13 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

We use Ello water bottles are are made from unleaded glass. It has been a long time since we reused plastic bottles for the reason you name.

Mar 26, 2017 05:25 AM
Luke Constantino

Ello bottles are really cool... Some of my friends have them. I might get one! Have a healthy day! 

Mar 26, 2017 06:08 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Luke Constantino I'm in the gym 6 days a week and sometimes twice a day.... I do weight training and I'm avid weightlifter.... my trainer uses a plastic bottle and I'll send her a link to your post.... thanks for the info....

Mar 26, 2017 05:43 AM
Luke Constantino

YOU LOOK LIKE YOU'RE IN GREAT SHAPE!!! To each is own, but to me, it makes no sense to be healthy and use something that might compromise your health in any way. I literally stopped using plastic after extensive reading. Even switched my tupperware to pyrex. Have a healthy day! 

Mar 26, 2017 06:11 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Good article. I think plastic shopping bags and plastic water or pop bottles are the worst inventions. Terrible for the environment and a waste of resources when we have renewable materials available. thanks for the article!

Mar 26, 2017 06:32 AM
Luke Constantino

They say you can circle the earth twice with all the disguarded water bottles... Have a healthy day!

Mar 26, 2017 08:52 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I haven't used a plastic bottle for the gym in years!! We clean our bottles regularly! But it's a good warning for those still using plastic. And there are so many other things that come in plastic, too.

Mar 26, 2017 07:59 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Good advice and also helpful to the environment because those plastic bottles will get thrown away at some stage. NOw off to mix up my vinegar solution.

Mar 26, 2017 09:48 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

We used to carry a scouts kanteen to school filled with boiled water. 

Mar 26, 2017 10:30 AM
Luke Constantino

I believe you! Most of the school water fontains across the country have lead in them! 


Mar 26, 2017 06:29 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I gave up plastic a long time ago for exactly the reasons you state. I'm surprised how many people still use them. 

I have a wide mouth Yeti that I LOVE. Keeps my water ice cold all day long and it's very easy to clean.

Mar 26, 2017 11:34 AM
Luke Constantino

Yeti is a top of the line bottle! (Gotta get me one) 

Mar 26, 2017 06:32 PM
Robert Hammerstein
Christie's International Real Estate - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

 A good practice for sure. Never use the plastic bottles anymore if I can...

Mar 26, 2017 12:06 PM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Luke, I hope many will get to see this post. I can honestly say I see more people with plastic bottles at the gym than a better choice.

Mar 26, 2017 04:31 PM
Luke Constantino

It's because most people are uninformed, which is sad. I little information goes a long way. Have a healthy day Beth! 

Mar 26, 2017 06:34 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I too did some extensive reading on plastic bottles - if they get hot or frozen, the chemicals leach into the water. Yuck.

Mar 26, 2017 09:37 PM
Luke Constantino

Exactly. How do You determine a safty level at fluxuating temeratures? 


Mar 27, 2017 04:34 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Hi Luke, I'm with you about plastic and water.  I don't like to use plastic in any form with food or water I'm going to consume.

Mar 29, 2017 08:14 AM