Every gym enthusiast or work-out addict who drinks protein from a shaker bottle has experienced this - the dreadful, awful, horrible protein stench from an unwashed shaker bottle. An unwashed bottle invites germs and bacteria to gather.
Study shows that bacteria thrive in warm, moist and dark environment of a shaker bottle. Bacteria in the shaker is what gives off the odor, especially after a long day of not washing. A dirty shaker allows bacteria to multiply and put you at the risk of getting sick or unwell if used before being properly cleaned.
Here are a few tips for you to get rid of your stench :
1) Warm water and soap.
Warm water with soap is the best combination for almost everything. Soap kills the bad odor caused by the bacteria and leaves a nice fragrance.
Instructions : Simply rinse your shaker bottle with warm water. Add soap into the shaker and clean thoroughly. Leave the shaker full of warm water and soap overnight to clear the stench.
2) Warm Water and Vinegar
Vinegar is a great, natural disinfectant and helps to eliminate odors. Combined with warm water, vinegar will eliminate odors faster.
Instructions : Fill your shaker with hot/warm water, pour in a bit of vinegar, stir it around and let it sit for a little while.
3) Add baking powder
The baking powder will help prevent the shaker from smelling when you don’t have time to wash it properly.
An “amphoteric” compound, and a weak base itself, baking soda reacts with both acidic and strong alkaline molecules, turning them, respectively, into neutral-smelling sodium salts or considerably reducing their stench
Instructions: Fill your shaker with warm water, add a teaspoon of baking powder, and shake thoroughly.
4) Lemon Peel Cleanser
Another natural cleanser and anti-odor, the lemon has been tool for washing hands and removing stench for ages. Soaking lemon peels overnight will help you remove the odor from the bottle.
Instructions: Let the lemon peel sit in the shaker bottle filled with water overnight. Then, clean it with a sponge and dish washing soap to make sure its extra clean.
5) Last but not least, wash your shaker right after using it.
Better safe than sorry, always wash your bottle minutes after you have finished drinking protein out of the bottle.
Instructions : Simply wash your shaker within 15-30 mins after using it, this is to prevent the stench from staying longer. Do make sure that there are no clumps of protein left after rinsing it with water.