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How to Clean a Nalgene Water Bottle for Your Next Trip



A Nalgene bottle on some rocks.

Whether you’re hiking camping or fishing, the one thing that is essential in the great outdoors is fresh, clean water. It’s the key component of every outdoor activity. It may not cross your mind until just before you leave for your trip, but soon after you set foot on the trail or pitch up your tent you’ll be reaching for your bottle to quench your thirst. Any type of physical exertion shall increase your need to be extra hydrated, even more so in the summer sun.

Not preparing for a hike without sufficient water supplies is a dangerous feat to put yourself under. There are countless tales of death and unlikely survival due to water shortages in the backcountry. Don’t be one of these guys that has an almost sorrowful story to tell to their peers. Instead, pack an adequate amount of water that’s comfortable to carry and tell them tales of the great scenery you witnessed at Yosemite National Park or the worldly wonders in the deserts of Arizona


A pond and mountains in Yosemite.

A solid, Nalgene bottle shall aid you in your journey to the far-flung corners of Yosemite National Park.


About Nalgene water bottles

Let’s have a quick overview of Nalgene water bottles and why they are an essential piece of kit for every serious adventurer. The company itself as formed in 1949 in Rochester, New York by chemist Emanuel Goldberg. He formed the plastics manufacturer in order to produce laboratory equipment. The technical apparatus was produced using high-grade polyethylene which can be used to form hard plastics.

Items such as test tubes, beakers, and centrifuge bottles were produced for general laboratory use. These had an advantage over the more traditional glass due to the plastic being lightweight and almost impossible to break by accident. This made them safer tools for scientists and students and put the products into mainstream popularity. 

After a few years in the business, scientists using the Nalge products for their work started to use them in their leisure time. Those of them that enjoyed spending their off-days in nature started to use them on their hiking and camping trips. This was taken note of and the company started to design and produce water bottles and other pieces of outdoor kit. From this point onwards they have become a household name for every family that enjoys spending time together out of the town and in the backcountry. 


Why are Nalgene water bottles so good?

The first great advantage of Nalgene water bottles is their longlasting reliability. The bottles are formed from tough Tritan plastic, which means that even when the material is put under significant stress it is more than likely to survive completely intact. Say you’re hiking a high mountain, with sheer drops, if your bottle somehow manages to fall over the side, simply collect it at the bottom of the mountain on your way back home. If you buy a Nalgene water bottle you essentially have it for life, there’s even a lifetime guarantee included! 

Nalgene bottles are also super versatile. You don’t need to have them only for your days exploring nature as they can also be used as a general household item. The linear markings on the side mean they can be used in the kitchen as a measuring cup when you’re preparing some food for your outdoor trips.

The solid lid means that you can also use it as a shaker for smoothies or protein shakes when you’re training to get fit and strong for hiking! Many hikers also take multiple Nalgene bottles with them on their trips in order to keep essential items such as electronic equipment and medical supplies secure and dry when they are on the trail. 

The opening of the bottle has a wide-mouth boasting a diameter of 63mm, giving them even further versatility. You can pack extra things inside the bottle such as ice cubes and lemon slices to keep some homemade lemonade fresh and citrusy. Additionally, many water filter accessories are designed to be compatible with Nalgene bottles making buying one of these a hassle-free exercise where you don’t have to think about sending your filter back to the seller because it doesn’t fit your bottle.

Sometimes when you’re out of water when hiking you’ll refill your bottle in a stream. This can be a painstaking exercise as it can take a while to fill a small rimmed bottle and it doesn’t often fill to the top. With a Nalgene bottle, the wide-rimmed mouth makes this a task that’s over in seconds. 

If you tend to use lightweight, throwaway plastic bottles it’s time to make a change. Not only are these weak and prone to crumping up in your pack, but they’re also terrible for the environment. Many of the popular trails that we love to hike are strewn with these bottles, and even if they’re disposed of, they end up polluting the planet.

When you invest a little bit of money in a Nalgene bottle, you stop throwing away hundreds of these bottles over your lifetime, save yourself spending money on them and help to save the environment. Additionally, when you reuse standard plastic bottles small plastic particles can seep into your water supply. There is no need to worry about this when using a Nagele as the hard plastic is BPA free and does not react with the liquid inside the bottle. 

As just mentioned the plastic does not react with other liquids or chemicals. This makes them dishwasher friendly (more of that later) and heat resistant. Boiling water can be poured into them and there will never be an issue with the durability of the bottle. Feel free to store any type of chemical in them and it won’t damage the bottle. Remember,  it’s the same type of plastic that is used for experiments in laboratories. 

The price is right also. If you buy a one-liter throwaway water bottle every time you set on the trail the cost will have overtaken the cost of the Nalgene water bottle after 10-15 hikes. That also comes along with all of the flaws that come along with all of the disadvantages that a throwaway bottle has, with its only advantage being that it holds water. By having a reliable bottle that will last you for decades you’ve saved some money as soon as you’ve purchased one. 


A water bottle in the grass.

Don’t be an outdoor enthusiast and use throwaway plastic. Instead, show your love for nature by using a reusable Nalgene water bottle.


General cleaning

Now that you have all the information for you to know how good and practical a Nalgene water bottle is, let’s take a look at the different methods you can use to clean the bottle to ensure you really do use it over your whole life. Heres a step-by-step guide for a general clean of a Nalgene bottle. 


1. First of all rub the bottle in hot soapy water. Any household washing-up liquid is suitable. Pour the washing-up liquid into the bottle and add hot water. Shake the bottle around to create suds on the inside. Take a long-handled bottle brush and use it to scrub the inside thoroughly. Although it is a wide-mouth bottle you’ll still not be able to fit your hands inside to scrub it with a sponge. Then rinse the bottle to remove the soap left behind. 


2. The next step is to wipe the threads and the bottle cap. The treads are the thin windy lines that allow the cap to tighten into its place. Swirl the brush or a soapy sponge around the rim of the bottle and ensure that every crevice is covered. Do likewise with the cap, ensuring that no traces of dirty substances remain. Again rinse off the soap with water. 


3. Once all aspects of the Nalgene water bottle have been cleaned and rinsed, place the bottle upside down to dry it. This allows the water to drain out of it and it lets air in that will dry the inside and freshen up your bottle. A tea towel shall also work but it is recommended that the bottle is left to air out to prevent any musky smells from forming. 


4. A cleaning tablet can also be used for a basic clean of the inside of your bottle. Simply place the tablet into the bottle and fill it with water. Allow the bottle to sit for around an hour and the disinfecting magic shall get to work. Afterward, rinse the bottle out and dry it. This is the best method to clean your Nalgene water bottle when you are out in the wilderness as the cleaning tablets can be easily carried and take up less space than washing up liquid. 


5. As previously mentioned, Nalgene water bottles are suitable to be cleaned inside dishwashers. Make sure that you place the bottle on the top shelf of the machine. Although the bottles are heat resistant it is best to keep them away from the heater of the asher which is located at the bottom of the washing machine. 


If you stick to these steps for a basic general clean of your water bottle then it is sure to be maintained well and should live up to its lifetime guarantee. We recommend that you clean the bottle after every few uses and after every time you come home from a hiking or camping trip. All of your kit, clothes, and tent should also be cleaned within a day of returning from the great outdoors. Alas, you may find some of your stuff building up a smell or a mold the next time you unpack it for your next trip!


Getting rid an odor from your Nalgene bottle

If you do end up not cleaning your stuff after a trip they can build up a smell. Let’s take a look at the method of getting rid of an odor from your Nalgene water bottle. 


1. For this deeper clean of the bottle, you will need baking soda. Baking soda is an alkaline, multi-use white powder that you will likely have stored in a cupboard in your kitchen. Baking soda shall get rid of stains, stickiness and smells from your bottle. Place ¼ of a cup of baking soda into your bottle along with ⅛ of a cup of hot water.


2. Shake the bottle around to cover all areas of the inside surface area. This will mix the solution together causing it to react with the dirty parts of the bottle and remove the grime. Pour more water into the bottle after this to ensure that all of the baking soda is removed from the bottle. 


3. Drip dry your Nalgene water bottle like before at the side of your sink.


4. Give your bottle another clean following the steps mentioned in the previous section. The baking soda shall remove the odor and any stains but it doesn’t do any harm to clean it once more to ensure that your bottle is fully clean. 


Cleansing your Nalgene water bottle of mold 

Maybe you’ve packed away your Nalgene water bottle away after your last hike of the summer and have forgotten to clean it. A few months later you’re preparing for your first hike of the spring and you go to fetch out your Nalgene water bottle out of the cupboard, and low and behold, it’s full of mold! Don’t despair just yet, there is a simple solution with the use of some bleach solution. 


1. First of all, take some bleach and measure out half a teaspoon and pour it into your bottle. As you are probably aware bleach can damage and decimate any living organism – all types of mold included! 


2. Pour cold water into the bottle up until the top line. Shake the bottle around so that the bleach mixes in and that the whole of the inside is covered. With the water filling the bottle almost to the brim, all of the mold should be in contact with the bleach solution. Cold water is used in this type of cleaning as it mixes better with the bleach than hot water. 


3. Put the cap back on and place the bottle to one side or hide it if you have young children in the house. Leave the water-bleach solution for around 24hours. During this period the bleach shall kill the fungi that have attached themselves to the plastic surrounding your bottle. 


4. After 24 hours have passed, check to see if the mold has peeled off the sides of your Nalgene water bottle. If not take a long-handled brush and scrub away with the bleach solution still inside. The interaction with the bleach means that the mold shall be very weak and should come off easily after a brief scrub. Check if there is mold on the caps or on the threads around the rim. If so dip a cloth into the bleach solution and wipe around all of the nooks and crannies to dispense of the mold.


5. Now its time to clean the bottle so that there are no remnants of the bleach remaining. Empty the bottle of the bleach solution and pour fresh water into it several times. We know that you’ll have some concerns about perhaps digesting bleach so refer back to the general wash section and clean your bottle again in the sink or dishwasher. 


Some plastic cups being manufactured.

The tough, durable plastic makes your Nalgene bottle dishwasher friendly, giving you extra time to unwind after an exhausting hike.


Final Verdict:

The Nalgene is the must-have water bottle for anyone that enjoys nature. As we explained to you it is the ultimate water bottle due to its durability, environmental friendliness, versatility, and price. However, this is a water bottle that must be cared for and maintained well in order for it to fulfill its lifelong guarantee. Like all good outdoor equipment, you must invest a little bit of money and look after it well after the purchase so you can get many years worth of use from your kit.

Quality certainly comes over quantity when it comes to hiking and camping kit. Nobody wants to have to buy new hiking boots every year due to blistered feet, nor do they want to open a flimsy tent to discover that the rain and morning dew will seep into it whilst they sleep. When you’re out in the wilderness you are completely reliant on the steadfast endurability of the clothes on your back and every tool you use to get you from point A to B and back home safely again. 

It is for this reason that it is important to invest in a sturdy water bottle. Of all the things that are not only the key to a comfortable hike but also to your survival should that sort of nightmare dream arise on your adventures. Be smart, invest in a Nalgene bottle and learn how to take care of it. If you do this your outdoor adventures shall only be enhanced. 


Bonus tip: Here’s a video explanation on how to clean your water bottle without having to worry about a bacteria build-up inside it! 





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Living Life on the Edge: Embracing Adrenaline-Fueled Moments



Life is an adventure, a journey filled with countless opportunities for thrill and excitement. For some, the idea of living life on the edge, embracing adrenaline-fueled moments, is an exhilarating concept that fuels their passion for adventure. This article delves into the world of adrenaline-chasing, highlighting the benefits and experiences of such a lifestyle.

Kitesurfing: Riding the waves of excitement

The first step to living on the edge is stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new. Kitesurfing, a water sport combining wakeboarding, windsurfing, and paragliding elements, is an excellent example of an adrenaline-fueled activity. The activity entails utilizing a sizable maneuverable kite to capture the force of the wind, enabling the rider to traverse the water on a board specifically designed for kiteboarding. There is nothing quite like the exhilaration of soaring through the air, feeling the breeze caress your cheeks, and mastering the art of maneuvering a kite. Kitesurfing is a remarkable adventure that captures the spirit of embracing excitement and pushing boundaries.

The psychological thrill

In addition to the excitement of the tangible experience, embracing a daring lifestyle offers a mental rush that is just as stimulating. Engaging in these activities provides an exhilarating experience that stimulates the production of endorphins, the body’s innate pain relievers. This results in a profound sense of joy and an overwhelming feeling of invulnerability. The thrill of this frenzy can become habit-forming, compelling thrill-seekers to pursue fresh and increasingly demanding adventures consistently. 

The benefits of embracing the edge

Embracing a daring lifestyle goes beyond pursuing excitement; it presents many advantages. Participating in thrilling adventures can enhance physical well-being, as numerous pursuits demand robustness, stamina, and skill. Furthermore, they have the potential to enhance one’s emotional well-being by offering a means to alleviate tension and unease. Engaging in these activities demands concentration, which can effectively alleviate mental clutter, resulting in a serene state once the surge of excitement diminishes.

The balance of risk and reward

While living life on the edge can be exhilarating, it’s important to remember the balance of risk and reward. Adrenaline-fueled activities often involve a certain level of risk, and it’s essential to approach them with a healthy respect for safety. Proper training, equipment, and precautions can help mitigate these risks, allowing you to enjoy the thrill without unnecessary danger. 

Always research your activities and location. This understanding can help you decide if the risk is acceptable and if you have the skills and equipment. Check and maintain your gear, and never sacrifice safety. Finally, embracing adventure with a responsible and safety-conscious mentality lets you enjoy high-risk activities without risking injury.

Living life on the edge embracing adrenaline-fueled moments, is a lifestyle choice that offers a unique blend of thrill, excitement, and personal growth. Whether kitesurfing across the waves, scaling a mountain, or skydiving from a plane, these activities provide an escape from the mundane, a chance to challenge oneself, and an opportunity to experience life at its most vibrant. So, step out of your comfort zone, embrace the adrenaline, and start living on the edge. After all, life is not meant to be lived in the slow lane; rather, it’s about experiencing every thrilling moment it offers.

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Renewable Energy Farms That Make Beautiful Hiking Trails



Wind farms and solar panels are not just alternative means to get our natural resources. They have now combined with another industry and are making some unexpected news. 

The tourism industry has marked renewable energy farms as hiking trails, and hikers are here for it. You can read more about renewable energy sites. Although you might not think of hiking on a wind farm as beautiful as hiking along a famous mountain trail, you might just be in for a surprise. 

Let’s discuss the benefits that renewable energy farms have as hiking trails. 

Why are Renewable Energy Farms Important? 

Renewable energy farms are important for the future of civilization. These farms provide an alternative to our natural resources, such as wind and energy. 

The most important benefit of renewable energy is that it doesn’t produce any greenhouse emissions and reduces the air pollution other traditional processes create when providing natural resources. 

These farms also allow for the creation of the country’s own resources without having to import natural resources from another country and save their limited natural resources. 

Here are some of the reasons why energy farms are important: 

  • Allows for sustainable rural development 

This will allow landowners to make an extra income by generating energy. 

  • Test new technologies 

Providing the opportunity to test technologies to find new ways to create renewable energy. 

  • Improving the effect of climate change 

Climate change has left the environment filled with toxic pollutants, which has led people to become sick and breathe in harmful air. 

Renewable energy can change this by lessening the number of pollutants that are released into the atmosphere and providing much safer, cleaner, breathable air. 

  • This leads to job creation 

Job creation within the renewable energy farms industry is plentiful as there is a need for skilled workers such as construction, maintenance and manufacturing to build the necessary infrastructure that is needed to generate these wind and solar farms. 

The Benefits of Renewable Energy Farms As Hiking Trails 

Renewable energy farms have many benefits for both the environment and people who love spending their time outdoors. 

Embracing the Use of Green Technology 

Since wind farms and solar plants are located in areas that are unpopulated, they make for great hiking trails. 

By visiting these sites, people get to experience green technology, and by integrating them into recreational spaces, people can visit these sites and embrace green technology by seeing how they work and the positive effects that it has on the environment. 

The more people embrace the shift to green technology, the easier it will be to use it. 

Energy Farms Offer A Unique Experience For Visitors 

Visiting energy farms means you will have a unique experience while there. You will get to see how these large devices work and how they replace the basic resources needed to survive. 

Tours can give visitors more information on the background of the construction of devices, their environmental impact and why it is important for us to switch to sustainable energy resources. 

Visitors Get to Enjoy Natural Beauty 

The sites for these renewable energy farms are often located in areas that are surrounded by natural beauty, such as large landscapes. 

Natural pathways can be used as hiking trails without the need for carving out new roads and damaging the ecosystem. 

Visitors can even discover native plant life and explore the natural wonders that are located at these energy farms, as they are often placed where no infrastructure has been built on the property before. 

Providing Health and Wellness Benefits 

Hiking has many health benefits, such as reducing stress, improving fitness, and helping aid mental well-being. 

Energy Farms have Community Benefits and Increase the Economy 

These hiking trails can help boost economic sales, bringing tourists to the community. This will give the local people the opportunity to expand their businesses. 

This can also help increase employment within the community as these sites will be visited frequently and lead to new business openings to cater to tourists. 


Renewable energy farms greatly benefit both the economy and the people who want to spend their time on them. These farms are especially important for transitioning from natural resources to newer energy resource power plants. 

From learning how to embrace green technology to getting health and wellness benefits to enjoying nature’s natural beauty and finding job opportunities within the market. 

Spending time on these renewable energy farms can be educational and recreational for anyone who visits them. To find more renewable energy farm hiking trails, you can visit


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Top Recommendations for RV Window Maintenance



Much like other sections of your RV, the windows sometimes need a bit of maintenance. It is essential to clean off dirt and insect smudges and also make sure they are adequately sealed to avoid leaks and water harm.

If you have a broken RV window, then you may want to consult Van Isle Glass. However, if you wish to know more about simple measures to ensure your RV windows stay spotless and secure, you are in the right spot! Continue reading below.

Polish Your Windshield Using Ultra-Fine #0000 Steel Wool

Numerous RV enthusiasts have praised the use of the finest grade of steel wool #0000 for removing stubborn bugs and water marks from their windshields. Before proceeding, first test the #0000 steel wool on a small portion of your windshield. Apply it with light, circular motions. Sweep away any remaining steel wool bits with a microfiber towel. Next, spritz the surface with a residue-free glass cleaner and wipe it down with a separate cloth.

Steel wool is also great when used with a spray lubricant for cleaning tires, maintaining grills, starting campfires, and repelling mice. A gentler alternative is cleansing dish pads. These pads are versatile, suitable for cleaning various materials such as wood, porcelain, stainless steel, chrome, painted areas, and glass.

Apply a Sealant to Avoid Leaks

Silicone sealant is effective in stopping leaks in areas like your windshield, RV windows, sunroof, and vents. It penetrates tiny gaps, creating a robust waterproof barrier. Ensure the surfaces are clean before application and do not have old caulk, dirt, oil, and other residues.

Furthermore, clear away any standing water on windows to prevent hard water stains. Make sure the inside of your windows stay dry to avoid condensation and mold build-up. If there is significant condensation on your windows, consider getting a small dehumidifier.

Use Tools to Access Difficult Regions

Using cleaners with long handles can prevent you from straining to clean those distant parts of your windshield. Windshield cleaning tools often feature a lengthy, swiveling triangular head that is ideal for getting into corners and spots difficult to access manually.

Opt for a Residue-Free Glass Cleaner

A high-quality glass cleaner will maintain the clarity of your windows and windshield. A great glass cleaner performs well on both standard and tinted windows, making sure to remove streaks or leftover residue. Another option is a natural concoction of half vinegar and half water, with a touch of lemon essential oil.

Steer Clear of Cleaning RV Windows in Bright Sunlight

A sunny afternoon may feel perfect for washing your RV windows, but the warmth can speed up the drying of the cleaner, resulting in streaks or spots. It is advisable to tackle your RV window cleaning during early morning, late evening, or when stationed in a shaded area for the best outcome.


Keeping your RV windows clean and clear is not only about aesthetics, but is also vital for safety. The subtleties in cleaning, like steering clear of the sun and using the appropriate products, play a key role. Adhering to these guidelines will help you maintain a pristine view during your various journeys.

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