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    Ali drinks bottle replacement gaskets

    I'm trying to be vaguely green and continue using an old aluminium drinks bottle I've had for ages but the gasket around the stopper is getting a bit hanging... does anyone know where you can get a replacement seal/gasket? It seems they must all have been created by one ancient artisan in the depths of darkest Peru a thousand years ago or something - you'd think they'd be easy to replace but no. Apparently not. It appears to be silicone, 3mm thick, off-white colour (or it was before it got stained black and brown), 34mm od, 30mm id.
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    No help at all, but how do you keep those bottles clean? Rob has squash in his and it grows mould as soon as you take your eye off it for a second.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Divemouse View Post
    No help at all, but how do you keep those bottles clean? Rob has squash in his and it grows mould as soon as you take your eye off it for a second.
    I rinse the squash out of it as soon as possible after use then leave it to dry completely (normally inverted on the draining board). That's about it. I did have a go at it with the bottle brush but it never seems to look better or worse for it, so gave up. FWIW, I use it mainly as a squash carrier rather than a bottle to drink from, so open, pour into glass, then close.
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    I use it mainly as a squash carrier rather than a bottle to drink from, so open, pour into glass, then close.
    So do I, he uses the bottle to avoid wearing it while driving
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    Quote Originally Posted by Divemouse View Post
    No help at all, but how do you keep those bottles clean? Rob has squash in his and it grows mould as soon as you take your eye off it for a second.
    Every 4 or 5 months, dependant on the staining I put 2 Steradent tablets
    in it overnight and then flush it all clean the next morning. I put it trough
    the dishwasher every now and again also.

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    Ours have gone through the dishwasher and been hand washed, nothing seems to get rid of all the 'nutrients', especially in the lid
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    Quote Originally Posted by Divemouse View Post
    No help at all, but how do you keep those bottles clean? Rob has squash in his and it grows mould as soon as you take your eye off it for a second.
    Don't put squash in it. I only ever have water in mine and it's fine. My daughter put squash in hers and ends up minging.

    These bottles are dirt cheap but it's worth investing in something else. Some are lined so you're drinking out of some cheap Chinese plastic. Some are unlined so you are drinking out of some cheap Chinese aluminium. Both are potentially harmful long term.

    Nalgene are great. They have a wide mouth so you can clean them and big fat threads so nothing gets trapped in it. No gasket to fail. The plastics are food safe and transparent so you can see the state of what you're drinking out of. They also do a really good stainless steel version. It's not cheap but about as food safe as you'll get, really easy to clean and very robust (I've boiled water over a fire in mine).
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    Ultrasonic bath for cleaning the minging out.
    Daughters school drink bottle(plastic) is a massive collection of bug traps and crevices; US bath cleaned them out in one hit.

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