04/11/2013 08:42 am ET Updated Apr 12, 2013

How To Clean And Disinfect Your Reusable Water Bottle Easily

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Sports bottles are handy: Not only are they just as convenient as plastic ones, but they are better for the environment. But like every wet surface, they can harbor some bacteria. Luckily FitSugar found an easy way to clean reusable water bottles easily.

If the container is dishwasher safe, feel free to toss it in the machine. If not, rinse it with warm water and soap. Then, fill one-fifth of the bottle with white vinegar and the rest with water. Allow this to sit over night and rinse it out in the morning.

The site recommends doing this every night or at least every few days. If you find yourself in a rush, Shape Magazine suggests using a sport bottle wash for a quick clean.

You want to make sure that while you're protecting Mother Earth, you're still doing a good job at guarding yourself from germs. So be sure to give some extra TLC to your drinking container tonight.

Click through our slideshow to see more cleaning and organizing tricks. And be sure to head over to FitSugar and Shape for more information.

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