You guys are always asking me what water bottle I use. It’s probably because I am always talking about the importance of hydration and what drinks I am into, so you might be wondering what I drink them out of. They say you’re supposed to drink half your weight, in ounces of water, everyday! It’s quite a feet, but I’m working on it!

You may have seen this bottle in some of my videos, or hiding in the back of an Instagram story, and that’s because it is almost always with me. So what water bottle is it that I carry around all day?

It’s a S’well.

This brand has really taken off recently and for good reason. They have an inspiring mission statement to “rid the world of plastic bottles”, they support great charities, and they are the fastest growing female-owned company in America. I can always get behind another #bosslady.

Mine is in the colour “Ombre Speckle”. I used to have a black bottle with white hearts, but the hearts came off! I emailed them and they are sending a replacement bottle. It’s great to see a company stand behind their products. Their bottles are stainless steel, making them a generally good and recyclable replacement for disposable plastic water bottles, but S’well’s have other great advantages too.

Hot Things Hot Cold Things Cold

For me a huge benefit is that they can hold both hot and cold liquids, and are insulated, so they stay hot for up to 12 hours, and cold for 24 hours. While I am not crazy about ice cold beverages, there are times where I want my water super chilled, like when I am going to the gym or headed out on a really hot day. But most of the time I am using it for tea; I’ll make tea and pour it in the bottle, allow it to cool off before putting the lid on, and then the drinking temperature is just right…for several hours! It’s stainless steel, not plastic, so it won’t soak up any of the flavours. That way when I’m done my tea I can switch right back to water, without any lingering flavours.

 But How to Clean Them?

They are easier to clean than you might think. They have a narrow spout (which I like, because then I don’t spill on myself…as much) but you can easily clean the bottle if you have a narrow cleaning brush. If you don’t, just toss a teaspoon of baking soda in the bottle, add a drop of dish soap and fill three quarters the way with water. Screw the lid on, shake really well and rinse. I will even spray the lid and opening with all-purpose cleaner and wipe well with a dampened cloth, and then rinse. If your lid picks up flavours due to the plastic o-ring, bury it in a bowl filled with baking soda overnight and rinse well the next morning. Residual tastes and smells should be gone!

But Be Warned!

Something you may not know about caring for a S’well (I sure didn’t) is that they shouldn’t be kept in the fridge or freezer. It is well insulated, which means putting it in the freezer won’t cool down your drink. I had to get out of the habit of filling a water bottle and putting it in the fridge at night, so it would be cool in the morning. But it’s not a problem, since I can pour cold water in my S’well in the morning and it will stay cold all day.

The downside of S’well bottles is that while durable, they can chip or ding, so just be mindful. They come in a variety of beautiful designs, but to protect them you should avoid putting them in the dishwasher and do your best not to drop them (easier said than done). I also recommend getting the largest size. They really do keep water cold, so you can fill the 25 oz bottle up in the morning and have cold drinking water all day. Very refreshing.

I would love to know what water bottle you use, and whether you like S’well bottles as well. Let me know in the comments below.