SIGG Cleaning Tablets : Keep Your Water Clear

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SIGG Accessories : Take Care of Your Gear

I'm a big slob, and I rarely wash my water bottles. I just grab the first one I see on the counter, give it a quick rinse, fill it with spring water, and I'm off.

Apparently, you're actually supposed to wash your water bottle after each use. Of course I knew this, but it's not like I'd be at risk of catching giardia -- just my own bad germs, right? Wrong. You wouldn't believe how many nasty things cover and enter your drinking bottle in a day. And, I'm embarrassed to admit, I have more than a few bottles that are out of commission because I left smoothies in them for too long.

So, in an attempt to clean up my act, I sampled some SIGG accessories that every bottle carrier should own. First, SIGG Cleaning Brushes. One long, ergonomically handled brush, for reaching deep into my one liter bottle and giving it a thorough scrub, and one short brush for getting into the grooves of the screw top. The first day I had these brushes I went into a bottle cleaning frenzy, washing every drinking bottle (stainless, aluminum, plastic, glass) in my home. Only a few needed some extra attention.

The brushes and some very hot water helped me remove the smoothie residue. Now, every few washes, I use a SIGG Cleaning Tablet (pictured top right). I just fill the bottle with water and drop in a tap and let is soak for at least 30 minutes.

The fizzy tabs are great for using after a camping trip or any time you want to freshen up your bottle, but they also aren't the end-all. If you let crud build up in your bottle, you might not be able to get it all out. Still, with the tabs and brushes you, er, I have no more excuses for not cleaning my water bottles properly every day.

Another handy accessory you might want to pick up from SIGG - replacement tops. Because I often use my SIGG bottles around the house as drinking glasses and take them to restaurants filled with my special water, I'm always losing the tops. SIGG makes a variety of replacement lids for the many bottle styles they sell.

Bottom Line : Great gifts for the outdoorsperson who has everything.--E.D. (April 09)

Price : $11.99 brush, 8.99 tabs. Purchase now at

Manufacturer's Site: www.mysigg.com

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When hiking or camping, always carry the "10 Essentials":

Extra clothing, extra food and water, lighter or water-proof matches and fire starter, map in waterproof envelope, compass, pocket knife, sunscreen and sunglasses, flashlight or headlamp, first aid kit, emergency shelter.

Source: Seattle Mountain Rescue and Seattle Mountaineers.