How to look after your hot water bottle
We all know that hot water bottles can be great ways to keep you warm and also help ease those aches and pains. However, we may not all be so familiar with how best to look after them so that they can last for years. Here are my five quick tips.
Never use boiling water and avoid domestic tap water. Boiling water may cause burns or damage the seams, and tap water contains impurities which may cause degrade the rubber. Instead we recommend boiling water first to remove impurities and then waiting until the water has cooled to a safe temperature – often after 15 minutes.
When finished using remember to empty the water contents from your hot water bottle as water left inside may contain impurities that can degrade the hot water bottle.
Don’t leave hot water bottles out as small children and pets such as dogs may start chewing it which could not only damage or degrade the hot water bottle but could also pose a choking risk.
When not in use remove the stopper and store the hot water bottle away from direct sources of heat or sunlight. A cupboard, drawer or wardrobe is ideal but avoid airing cupboards, boiler cupboards or heat sources such as radiators. Also avoid putting anything on top. Continued fluctuations in temperature can adversely affect the bottle.
Only buy top quality hot water bottles which meet the relevant safety standards, for instance, British Safety Standards which is an internationally-recognised standard. This should be evidenced by a symbol on your bottle which looks like a daisy.
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