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What’s Lurking on Your Lid?

We all have our favorite water bottle. You know the one. Whether you are attached to its intricate design, its yuppie subculture brand association or

We all have our favorite water bottle. You know the one. Whether you are attached to its intricate design, its yuppie subculture brand association or you’re just an angelic cherubim sworn to protect the planet at all costs – it’s something that you wish to never be too far removed. That is until, of course, you get another cooler one at your company’s latest conference.

Promotional drink ware is at an all time high, however, not all water bottle are created equal – particularly when it comes to the bacteria lurking on the lid.

TreadmillReviews.net recently examined 12 water bottles with four different types of bottle lids:

  • Slide
  • Squeeze
  • Screw
  • Straw top

Their objective was to uncover to which bottles housed the most bacteria, and the results were astounding.

The swab study yielded the following results:

Slide-top water bottles – 933,340 CFU,

Squeeze-top water bottles – 161,971 CFU,

Screw-top water bottles – 159,060 CFU

Straw-top bottles – 25.4 CFU.

Perhaps more alarming was the types of bacteria the swab revealed.

Bacteria on Water Bottle Lids

To put things in perspective, a typical gym water bottle contains approximately 313,499 colony-forming units (CFU) per square centimeter. In contrast, your dog’s favorite toy contains about 2,937 CFU. Nevertheless, the results showed a high presence of negative bacteria, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has linked to bloodstream and wound infections as well as pneumonia and meningitis. Additionally, cocci has been connected with staph and strep infections.

It goes without saying that cleaning your water bottle daily is a must, but you may want to put some extra elbow grease into your efforts – especially when it comes to your lid. And next time you are looking to make a health driven drink ware purchase, for yourself or your next corporate, the straw lid may definitely be worth a double take.

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