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Surely you too have reused a plastic water bottle for various uses. Although these containers are meant to be discarded after their first use, most people often give them a second or even third life despite the risks to intestinal health.
Experts insist that reusing this type of bottle is not the right thing to do because, although it does not present chemical risks, it can lead to bacterial risks.
Reused bottles are not washed for days, so they tend to accumulate microorganisms from the environment, the mouth, or the user’s hands both in the area of the nozzle and inside.
This causes, according to experts, the plastic to deteriorate over time, and cracks and wrinkles appear where bacteria find their place, so the risk of infection increases, as reported by Take care Plus.
Thus, according to the sources consulted by this media, the contaminants associated with the reuse of these containers are microbiological (bacteria or mold) and can survive the water and even multiply.
Scientists point out that diseases derived from this type of organism can lead to diarrhea due to alterations in the digestive system, although they specify that it will depend on the pathogen present in the bottle.
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Another option that can be used if you do not want to use single-use bottles is reusable bottles (which can be found in different materials such as glass, steel, or other types of more resistant plastic ).
In this case, the containers are designed to be refilled on more than one occasion, since their material is more resistant to breakage, making it more difficult to find cracks in which bacteria can accumulate.
However, the material of the bottle does not exempt it from continuous cleaning, since the risk of contamination still exists and increases if, instead of water, they are filled with another type of liquid.
Experts recommend cleaning once a day with hot water and soap of the type used for dishwashing, rinsing well, and drying before refilling.
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