Gear Review: Bottle Bright by Clean Ethics – A cleaner for every bottle
Bottle Bright by Clean Ethics cleans drinking vessels of all shapes and sizes.
If you own a hydration bladder, plastic or stainless steel water bottles, travel mugs, or any other type of liquid carrying device like a coffee pot or pocket flask, you should give Bottle Bright a try.
Clean Ethics engineered Bottle Bright to be chlorine free, non-toxic, and biodegradable making it safe for virtually any surface. Designed to combat stains and odors, Bottle Bright is perfect for hydration bladders which typically are a pain to clean anyway.
Simply fill the bladder, or other vessel, with warm water and drop in one of the effervescent tablets. Wait 5-10 mins, emtpy it out, and rinse thoroughly. The instructions on the tube packaging suggests that you allow it to work longer for really stubborn stains but 10 minutes seemed to work fine in all of my tests.
I even forgot about one of the travel coffee mugs and allowed it to soak for the entire night. I rinsed it out in the morning and found a crystal clean surface with no residual stains or smell.
I tested a half dozen vessels
There are 6 drinking vessels that I use regularly: Geigerrig Hydration Bladder, Sheetz Travel Coffee Mug, Mr Coffee pot, backcountry flask, and a rotation of stainless steel and BPA free water bottles.
Each of these present their own unique cleaning challenges. Anything with a threaded cap is a pain to clean really well. Bladders, even the Geigerrig which can be turned inside out, is a pain for me. I have enormous hands.
And anyone that’s tried to clean a flask knows what a challenge that can be.
So I set out to test not just how well Bottle Bright worked against the stains and funk that seems to plague every drinking vessel I own but also to determine if it made the cleaning process easier.
The results of my cleaning tests
- There were no legacy stains or odors from the heavy usage that each vessel had accumulated over the last few months.
- And even more impressive is that the tablets made cleaning threaded bottles, the backcountry flask, and the hydration bladders a breeze.
It was easy to draw warm water, drop in a tablet, and forget about it for awhile. Then I just emptied the vessel and gave it a rinse. It’s was as easy as that.
- For the flask, I simply crushed the tablet so that I could push it through the small opening. You could also just dissolve it in a cup first and then pour it into the flask.
- For the hydration bladder, be sure not to tighten the cap on it or use the slide bar to seal it. A little pressure will build inside so you want to give the bladder a chance to vent that to avoid any surprises.
Clean in Kind
Their Clean in Kind program is helping people all over the world. For every Bottle Bright tablet that is sold, clean Ethics is giving an equal amount to a person in need to ensure that they have clean drinking vessels. It’s often a simple solution like this that can have a monumental impact.
With water related illnesses playing such a large roll in health and wellness for people in developing nations, it’s important that they be given the chance to mitigate their risks in as many ways as possible. Clean drinking vessels are certainly part of that equation. Read more about how Clean Ethics is helping here.
About Clean Ethics
The social and environmental aim for Clean Ethics is quite obvious. Just visit their website to see how important this aspect of the business is to them.
The ingredients that make up Bottle Bright are very earth friendly. There are no harsh chemicals or ingredients that are impossible to pronounce.
The company’s desire to help people in developing nations is admirable and their solution for doing so quite simple. Clean in Kind.
The packaging is either recycled, recyclable, or biodegradable. They even have that on the label.
But perhaps most impressively, all their product is made right here in the USA.
I’m really drawn to Clean Ethics. They have a very defined sense of who they are and what they want to accomplish with their product. Not bad for a couple mountain bikers that credit a conversation at the trailhead as the genesis of their company.
Disclosure: Clean Ethics provided the author with samples of Bottle Bright for review at no cost but this in no way impacted the findings of the review. The statements and opinions in this review are the author’s only and were not guided or influenced in any way.
The Bottom Line
Bottle Bright works great for your everyday trail needs. It works very well on stains and that funky smell that reusable water bottles and hydration bladders seem to develop over time even with hand washing. It's very affordable for occasional use and the impact that your purchase has on the lives of others around the world is a fantastic bonus.