Drink Up: Studies Show Reusable Water Bottles Are As Germ-Ridden As Your Toilet Seat

The more you know, right?


You’ve probably heard it before: We need to drink more water. Scarcely has there been a time that I’ve been sick and not told to drink up; hydrate; get in my eight glasses per day. And guess what? It’s true!

The benefits of hydration are endless; every cell, tissue, and organ in your body requires water to operate.

Do you want your body to maintain a healthy temperature? Then you better drink water. Want your joints nice and mobile instead of squeaky and fragile? Drink up. And if you want to avoid constipation, you better keep your hydration in check.

But that hasn’t stopped TreadmillReviews.net from sharing its new disgusting water-related findings with Metro -- but beware. Don’t let what you’re about to read discourage you from keeping hydrated.

Apparently, drinking from a water bottle that has already been used is actually just as bad for you as licking your toilet would be.

Um, gross.

Researchers over at Treadmill Reviews lab-tested water bottles after each had been used by an athlete for one week. One of them -- incidentally, the one with the highest number of bacteria -- had more bacteria than an average toilet seat. That’s a lot of germs, folks. Additionally, researches found that 60% of those germs have the ability to make people ill.

But here’s the thing: Drinking out of reusable bottles is an environmentally friendly choice; and let’s not discount all those benefits of hydration we discussed before. More energy! Happier colons! Woohoo!

So what do we do?

First of all, choose your reusable water bottle carefully. Slide-top bottles were found to have 933,340 CFU (germs) per square cm, while straw-tops are a cleaner choice, and clock in at just 25,400 CFU per square cm.

Secondly, stainless steel bottles are healthier than plastic bottles. That means it’s worth it to invest in a permanent bottle, rather than continuously refilling that old, plastic Dasani one. It’s better for the environment too.

Lastly: wash your bottles, folks. If there is anything to be gathered from this research, it’s that clearly, water doesn’t stay clean and germ-free by virtue of being water. Make sure to give your reusable water bottle a good scrub down every day.

Now go hydrate!