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Old 06-25-2017, 02:01 AM
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I inevitably get paint on my hands when painting plein air, and when I reach for my water bottle, I hate having to unscrew the top because I worry about contaminating my beverage with paint. So I'm interested in a bottle that lets me drink without unscrewing anything.

I could buy the Deer Park bottled water; those let you suck water directly from the bottle. But the environmentalist in me would prefer a reusable bottle. Is there one that's not prone to mold growth?
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Old 06-25-2017, 10:47 AM
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Re: Hands-free, reusable water bottle (for drinking)?

I take a ceramic filter bottle with a silicone tube coming out of the top when I am outdoors. You only need to touch the sides to drink. The lid can be closed without touching the tube or you can just leave it open. I fill it with tap water when heading out but the option to fill with river or lake water is there if you run out.
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Old 06-25-2017, 07:43 PM
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Re: Hands-free, reusable water bottle (for drinking)?

Geoff, it's hard to advise without knowing your location (if you are in the US or not), but the Gatorade water bottles are fantastic. They hold nearly a quart and have some kind of valve in the cap; you just invert and squeeze, and the water comes out. I use it for acrylic plein air painting all the time --- so easy to refill my water cup! They sell them in a lot of different places. My husband and I got freebies at Sports Authority when they were doing a giveaway special one time. The look like this: https://www.target.com/p/gatorade-17...A&gclsrc=aw.ds
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Re: Hands-free, reusable water bottle (for drinking)?

Thanks for the replies. I'll look into both those suggestions. Jamie, I'm in the USA, east coast, and I've seen folks with those Gatorade bottles. I guess my concern with those (or any) reusable bottles is keeping them clean and mold-free. The things always smell musty to me! I suppose this is why God created dishwashers?
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Re: Hands-free, reusable water bottle (for drinking)?

When I go out adventuring on my mountain bike, I wear a hydration backpack by Camelbak.

I love it because it holds both my art gear, as well as my bike gear, wallet, keys, phone, etc.

But the best is that it has a large bladder to hold cold water, and a long tube with a drinking nozzle on the end.

It works so great while I'm riding, but it also serves as my hands-free water bottle when I'm on site. I just need to prop it up before I begin!

Hope this was helpful! Cheers!
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... I suppose this is why God created dishwashers?

God guided, but it was a woman who invented dishwashers!
Josephine Garis Cochran invented the first useful dishwasher in Shelbyville, Ill., and received patent # 355,139 on December 28, 1886. Cochrane, a wealthy woman who entertained often, wanted a machine that could wash dishes faster than her servants, and without breaking them.
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Re: Hands-free, reusable water bottle (for drinking)?

To keep my waterbottles from getting musty I store them open with tops next to them. A closed up, damp waterbottle will grow mold and mildew. A full one, or a dry one usually doesn't. Also use them for water only. The sugars in juices etc are lovely for growing mold.
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Thanks for the replies. I'll look into both those suggestions. Jamie, I'm in the USA, east coast, and I've seen folks with those Gatorade bottles. I guess my concern with those (or any) reusable bottles is keeping them clean and mold-free. The things always smell musty to me! I suppose this is why God created dishwashers?

You can always soak in bleach and water when need be, then rinse. That's what people do who use those water bladder backpacks, like cyclists, etc. If you just empty out the water at the end of the day and let it air dry, it's not a problem.
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Re: Hands-free, reusable water bottle (for drinking)?

I have a water bottle with a flip-up spigot which I can open and close with my chin. Good luck!
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