Making the decision to switch from bottled water to reusable water bottles is great for both your wallet and the planet. Americans go through a whopping 79 liters of bottled water per capita every year, and all those bottles have to go somewhere.
One of the tricky things about water bottles is figuring out where to put them when they’re not in use. They’re not cups or glassware, so there’s no usual place to store them in the standard kitchen. Fortunately, there are a couple easy ways to store those water bottles and keep them from becoming clutter.
1. In the Refrigerator
If you haven’t accumulated too many water bottles, storing them in the fridge is a good option. Fill them with water beforehand and you’ll have a nice, chilled bottle of water to take with you when you head out for the day. Since the lids on reusable water bottles stay attached, you can put these bottles sideways in your fridge without worrying about spills, giving you plenty of storage options.
2. Over a Door
Here’s one solution that anyone who has collected quite a few reusable water bottles will love – stash them in a shoe organizer that goes over a door. The size and weight of a shoe is similar enough to a water bottle that both fit well in these organizers. Put the organizer over a pantry door if you want to keep your water bottles in the kitchen.
The best part about this organization method is that even though it provides plenty of spaces to use, those spaces are still limited, which encourages you to avoid collecting every random water bottle you get.
3. A Large Container
It’s easy to knock over reusable water bottles when you put them in a cabinet, because they’re fairly light. Putting them in a large container, such as a bin or a wire basket, solves this problem. You can then put the container in your cabinet or on a shelf somewhere. If you’re always looking to grab a water bottle and go, set the container up where you can reach in to get a bottle without pulling the whole container out.
When you’re storing your water bottles, don’t forget to wash them first. Many people just throw their water bottle back into the cabinet after a long day, mistakenly believing that because it only holds water, they don’t need to wash it as often. The mouth has plenty of germs and bacteria which spread easily, so you have to wash your water bottle every day that you use it.