Many of us likely wait for a visual or olfactorial cue—black mold, a funky smell—before the internal alarm sounds and we attempt a good scouring of our reusable water bottles and straws.
Studies have shown, however, that harmful bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant strains, can crop up in between washings — eek!
If you're already cleaning your drinking implements every day—bravo! If not, read on to learn more about why you should and how to do so. Then give yourself a pat on the back for having already made the switch to reusable bottles and strawsTEXT.