Stainless steel thermoses have become an indispensable part of modern life. They keep coffee hot on the go, keep the kids’ juice cool while they’re at school, bring lemonade to the beach in the summer, and keep chocolate hot when you’re looking for a Christmas tree. With so much use they can get quite dirty and sometimes harbor odors from old punches. Regular cleaning will keep your thermos looking and smelling fresh and will ensure that your little angel’s fruity soda doesn’t taste like old coffee.

Discard any remaining liquid from the flask and give it a quick rinse, pouring the water out through the opening you normally drink from. Disassemble the container, removing the lid and any other parts that can be removed from your particular model.

Wash the body of the thermos inside and out with a damp washcloth and a little dishwashing detergent, and rinse well. Never submerge the part with the insulation in water or put it in the dishwasher, water could seep into the joints and ruin the container. Avoid using abrasive sponges or cleaners that could dull the shine of the stainless steel finish.

Wash the lid of the container with hot water and dish soap, using a nipple brush to remove any dirt from the crevices. If there is a lot of grime built up on the lid, allow the lid to soak in hot, soapy water.

Remove residual odors and flavors by washing the jar and lid with vinegar, then washing again with soap and water. Rubbing the inside of the jar gently with damp baking soda is an even more effective way to remove residual odors and tastes, but doing so can dull the stainless steel finish.

How to Restore the Shape of a Plastic Bottle!

Shredding a plastic bottle is good for recycling and good for the environment, but sometimes while camping or having a picnic, you suddenly need it again. That is why in this article we will show you an easy way to restore that bottle without using any tools.

Blowing them into shape rarely works well and most of the time you’ll just be freaking out.

I will now explain how to restore the bottle without tools or blowing it.

This is just a little trick that can come in handy sometimes.


  • Crushed plastic bottle (any kind)
  • Water (optional)

How it works

  • The bottles have harder parts and more flexible parts. It depends on its shape: the lower and upper dome will never be flexible, the same applies to necks and handles. The straight, cylindrical portion is the most flexible.


  • Straighten the bottle if necessary, then fill it with water if you have any on hand. It is not mandatory, but it helps a lot.
  • Now squeeze the flexible part of the bottle with your hands. The tougher parts will pop out a bit.
  • The flexible part is, well… Flexible. So if you squeeze it, it won’t get damaged and it will snap back into shape when it can.
  • While holding it down, open the lid and release your hand to allow air to enter.
  • If you release the pressure before opening the cap, the bottle could return to its previous state.
  • Now close the bottle and repeat the process: squeeze, open the cap, and release your hand.
  • This procedure won’t remove all wrinkles, but it’s super easy and works well even with stubborn bloodies.

6 Ways to Clean a Bad Smell From a Water Bottle

Look at these 5 ways to easily clean the bad smell of a bottle, this tip will help you remove that unpleasant smell quickly.

The home advise has a website that covers these methods – some of the suggested tactics work better than others. Take a look at the following methods and learn which ones work best.

Take it

  • Funky Fish water bottles can happen anytime you put something besides water in them. The equation for the perfect water bottle storm goes something like this (+/- a few variables): Juice and/or coffee + something hot + time = Bad Smells

Wash with a brush

  • Specifically, we’re not going to cover just washing the bottle. I’m pretty sure everyone can figure it out without a guide.
  • First, wash the bottle with a brush in hot, soapy water.
  • The bottle brush physically removes the bad odor from the water bottle with a scrubbing action.


  • Stainless steel water bottles are dishwasher safe.
  • Place the water bottle in the dishwasher for a full “heat” cycle. High temperatures and strong dishwasher detergent can be successful.

Soak in boiling water overnight

  • If the dishwasher didn’t work, or you say you don’t even have a dishwasher (like me), pour boiling water into the bottle and let it sit overnight.
  • At the end of the soak, add soap, wash vigorously, and re-evaluate.

Baking Soda and Water Soak

  • Another method that works well is to add a full teaspoon or two of baking soda and warm water to the water bottle and let it soak for a few hours.
  • After soaking, wash vigorously with soap and water and re-evaluate.

Overnight Vinegar Soak

I have found this to be the most effective method when it comes to a water bottle and perhaps the simplest.

  • Fill the water bottle with regular white vinegar and let it soak overnight.
  • Make sure you’ve removed all the baking soda first, otherwise you’ll have a 2nd grade DIY mini volcano on your hands.
  • In the morning wash with soap and water. The bottle will have a slight vinegar smell for the first few minutes, but this will dissipate quickly and the water bottle should smell fresh and clean.

I am sure that there are more than 5 ways to clean the bad smell of a bottle thoroughly.