Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Blue Water

We drink a lot of water at our house, so have a system. When we finish a bottle of Gatorade or Powerade (of which we have plenty from all of my bike rides), we fill it with water. Drink the water, then refill it again. Repeat. Wash the bottles every once in a while. Throw them out when they smell bad.

Generally, we're motivated to wash all of our bottles once one of us gets sick. But we can't clean them all simultaneously because we have, like, 30 of them. So how do we tell the difference between those that have been washed and those that haven't? Blue food coloring!

This looks just like blue Gatorade, but it's not. It's water. I've been fooled a couple of times.

Well, anyway...starting last week sometime, whenever we finished a water bottle, we would put it in the dishwasher. (Unless it failed the "smell test", in which case, out it goes!) Upon taking it out of the dishwasher, we'd fill it with water, plus one drop of blue food coloring, so that we could distinguish clean water bottles from those that had not been cleaned yet. And once all of the water bottles in our house had blue water in them, then we knew we were done. Yay! Simple as that.

By the way, Powerade bottles don't always survive a trip through the dishwasher, but Gatorade bottles do. (It has to do with the strength of the plastic.) This is the chief reason why I now drink Gatorade instead of Powerade.


amber said...

And yes, we know you're not supposed to reuse these bottles since, like everything else in the world, it apparently causes cancer. But we're conserving water since we only refill them with the cold water that runs out while we're waiting for the water to warm up (this takes a LONG time at our house). So that makes it okay, right?

Chris Allen said...

And, on top of that, I'm sure that drinking water out of reused plastic bottles is better for your health than drinking half a gallon of soda every day.