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New tests reveal that constantly refilling plastic water bottles is unhygienic AF


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Water cooler talk just got a whole lot grosser. New tests have revealed that constantly reusing and refilling plastic water bottles is terrifyingly unhygienic. 

Many of us are guilty of reusing a plastic bottle - and largely, we've been looking on the positive side. We're recycling, we're saving money and we're getting our recommended dose of H20. So what's the problem? Well, it turns out that certain plastic bottles can harbour and manifest so many germs that you may as well lick your toilet. *retch*

Yup. recently tested several refilled water bottles that had been used and reused by an athlete for a week. During their experiment, they found that the highest number of bacteria found on one bottle contained over 900,000 colony-forming units per square cm on average – more than your average toilet seat.

What's worse is that a whopping 60% of the germs found were capable of causing illness - and to top it all off, Good Housekeeping found that there are a bunch of nasty chemicals coming from plastic bottles themselves, as they degrade over time with frequent use. The stank from an old, reused bottle is suddenly making a lot more sense...

*shudders* So how can you avoid ingesting all this nastiness? Dr. Marilyn Grenville, PhD, suggests that it is best to drink from plastic bottles once and then recycle. If however, you must refill one, she suggests buying BPA-free plastic bottles.

If you're looking to save money on your long-term water guzzling, Treadmillreviews also suggests buying a durable bottle made of stainless steel rather than plastic. 

If you'll excuse us, we'll be by the water cooler - reevaluating our life choices...

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