There’s a lot of good things about SodaStream, but what goes up must come down and inevitably there are a couple of negatives to pursuing the eco-route and making your own soda. Chief of these for me is a) having to wait for your bottles of SodaStream pop to chill once you’ve made up a nice batch of cola and b) having to clean the bottles before you can use them again.
Well, a) is partly solvable – if you have the foresight to pre-chill a bottle of still water either directly in your SodaStream bottles or in a bigger recepticle such as the eponymous Breville water filters (5 extra points to them for the slogan ‘it’s a brevillation’) or the common or garden jug. I do not have that foresight, but who knows maybe one day…
b) however, is a challenge. Washing up in general isn’t much fun and the flip-side is that no-one wants to drink from a bottle of SodaStream with sugar residue at the bottom. So here, are my top tips on how to reduce the pain of keeping those bottles spick and span.
- On finishing a bottle of SodaStream – clean it sooner rather than later. A near empty bottle has greater potential to dry out inside and then be harder to clean. – If you have time on your hands, clean that bottle straight away. If not, reduce your future burden by filling up your empty bottle with water to allow it to soak until you’re ready for the ordeal.
- Ok, the cleaning itself: First step: identify whether your bottle needs a full clean or a blitz clean. I go for a full clean about every 3 bottles or if the bottle has been left ‘dirty’ for more than one day. Depending on your level of fear of germs you may increase or decrease this ratio.
- Right, the blitz clean: Run the hot tap for a short while to start it warming up. 1) Fill the bottle with water up to 50%. 2) Tip it out. 3) Fill it with water again to 50%. 4) Tip it out. 5) Fill the bottle with water somewhere between 60 & 75% and put the lid on. 6) Shake the closed bottle vigorously ideally whilst listening to 80s rock music. 7) Tip out the bottle. 8) Fill the bottle a bit and tip it out. 9) Wash the cap under the by now scalding stream of water. 10) and you’re done. NB you can reduce water wastage throughout this process by pouring out the water into your washing bowl for subsequent use in other washing up activity.
- Onto the full clean: 1) Fill a washing up bowl with hot water and washing up liquid (I care little for your favourite brand). 2) I recommend cleaning your SodaStream bottle before cleaning other more dirty items. 3) Immerse the bottle in the bowl to it fills up. 3) Pour it out. 4) Fill it up again and put the cap on. 5) Shake the closed bottle vigorously ideally whilst listening to Faith No More. 6) Empty the bottle. 7) If you think the bottle needs a super-clean, unscrew the base and give it a decent scrub. 8) Your bottle and lid are now clean, but are covered in soap suds which may negate fizz power on your next batch of soda. Accordingly rinse carefully with hot water.
So there you go, your SodaStream bottles are now clean as the proverbial whistle and life in all its fizzy glory can continue.
At some future point I will consider how often it should become necessary to purchase a new bottle or perhaps the ratio between a full clean and super-clean. For the moment I need to finish the washing up and have a lie down.