Should You Use Bottled Water or Fill Your Reusable Bottle with Filtered Water?

Which is better: Using bottled water, or filling a reusable bottle with filtered water? One is convenient but more expensive. The other is more affordable but requires slightly more effort. With a Whirlpool, Frigidaire, or Samsung refrigerator water filter, you have filtered water on demand. Bottled water, however, is entirely grab-and-go. Each option has its pros and cons, which can help determine the right choice for you.

Reusable Bottle with Filtered Water

Reusable water bottles come in a variety of materials and styles. Whether metal, BPA-free plastic, or glass, reusable bottles are a great, environmentally friendly way to stay hydrated—especially if you are using a GE, Maytag, or Samsung fridge filter to fill the bottle.

If you’ve already decided to fill your reusable water bottle with clean, safe, filtered water rather than what runs straight from your tap, that’s great. Step two is keeping your water bottle clean. Reusable water bottles should be regularly washed in order to avoid any buildup, particularly around the mouthpiece. This rings true for all types of reusable water bottles, including those made from metal, glass, or BPA-free plastic. It’s an extra step that one doesn’t have to take with grab and go single-use bottled water, but many find it worth the minor amount of extra effort for the good it can do for the environment.

Depending on the brand, bottled water may be filtered tap water. It is far cheaper to get filtered tap water through your fridge than it is to buy single-use water bottles regularly. So, when you do the math, it might make more sense to go the reusable route.

Bottled Water

Bottled water is convenient in that you can buy a pack of it and grab a bottle on the way out the door. It’s fast, the water is often filtered, and you don’t have to worry about how you will stay hydrated. However, you are paying more in the long run, as bottled water is not as affordable as using filtered tap water.

While some of the plastic bottles are recyclable, it’s still considerably more harmful to the environment to use single-use water bottles instead of a reusable water bottle. No matter what material the bottle is made of, when you drink bottled water you still end up throwing the bottle out after you finish drinking its contents. In a choice between throwing a bottle away or reusing one, it’s always better to reduce waste in the first place no matter how recyclable the material might be.

Plus, when you buy your filters at an affordable price to begin with, that means all the more savings when you fill up a reusable water bottle via your fridge filter at home. Discount Filters, for example, offers filters priced at 40%-70% lower than retail. While the brand recognizes the convenience of using bottled water, they encourage everyone to help keep the earth clean and use reusable bottles whenever possible. They even offer reusable water bottles with filters built-in so that your water stays as clean and safe as possible on the go.

How to Clean Your Reusable Bottle

Some reusable water bottles are machine washable, in part or whole. Ideally, they should be washed daily. If they are not machine washable, use hot water and dish washing liquid or a mild vinegar-water mixture. Use a bottle brush to get inside all of the crevices and crannies and scrub the bottom of the bottle well. After washing, turn the bottle upside-down and let it air dry. Don’t forget to clean any infusion parts that hold fruits, herbs, or other ingredients. Be sure to follow any manufacturer instructions for cleaning your water bottle.

About Discount Filters

Discount Filters is familiar with the challenges of finding and installing home water and HVAC filters, especially if you haven’t before. Founded and staffed by homeowners just like you, Discount Filters is a successful, trusted, and respected name in the industry.They offer a wide selection of filters for your refrigerator, HVAC system, water system, or whatever else requires filtration. From models like the Samsung Aqua Pure Plus filter to Discount Filters’ ClearChoice and AIRx line filters—both made in the U.S.A.—they have the right filter for you. True to their name, Discount Filters price their filters 40%-70% lower than retail. Plus, they offer 100% free shipping and free returns. Visit today and try their convenient filter finder tool to select the right filter for your needs.

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