Never Cleaned Your SodaStream? Here’s Why You Should—and How to Do It
Your soda maker and bottles will remain odor free and ready to use if you follow these simple cleaning steps.
Soda makers like SodaStream offer a fun and economical way to make your own sparkling water and soda at home. As with any other kitchen appliances and gadgets, proper cleaning and care are essential to ensure your SodaStream functions properly and produces beverages that are safe to drink.
Generally speaking, you should clean SodaStream bottles after every use to keep them free of germs and bacteria. The machine itself should also be cleaned about once per week to prevent dust and residue from accumulating on its surface and components. Cleaning a soda maker and its bottles is a straightforward process, as only a few common household supplies and minimal effort are needed to keep them sanitary and ready for your next tasty batch of carbonated goodness.
Before You Begin
Before cleaning your soda maker, first check the machine’s manufacturer recommendations. If your soda maker is made by a brand other than SodaStream, it may require different cleaning materials or procedures, so you should default to the cleaning method recommended for your specific soda maker.
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STEP 1: Clean the soda bottles using warm water, dish soap, and a bottle brush.
Begin by rinsing any residue out of your soda bottles with warm water. Then, add a drop or two of dish soap to each bottle along with more warm water. Swirl the soapy water around the inside of the bottle and (with the top covered) give it a few good shakes. Let the soapy water sit for 10 to 20 minutes.
Next, use a gentle bottle brush to scrub and remove any remaining residue from inside of the bottle. Take care not to scratch the inside of the bottle when cleaning it, as scratches can create places for bacteria to grow. After cleaning your bottle, turn it upside-down to dry in a dish-drying rack.
STEP 2: Use lemon and warm water to get rid of the soda maker bottle odor.
After multiple uses, you may begin to notice unpleasant smells coming from your soda maker’s bottles. Warm water and lemon juice can eliminate these odors by killing the bacteria causing them. Fill your SodaStream bottle nearly all the way with warm water, and squeeze all of the juice from a lemon into the bottle. Covering the top, shake the bottle to mix the lemon juice and water. Allow the mixture to sit in the bottle for 10 to 20 minutes, and rinse it out before letting it dry.
Most bottles that come with soda makers are made of PET plastics and aren’t dishwasher-safe. While it may be tempting to place your bottles in the dishwasher to get rid of odors, doing so is not a good idea. The high heat of a dishwasher can cause the bottles to break down or melt.
STEP 3: Wipe down the soda maker using a damp cloth.
Cleaning the actual soda maker machine is relatively easy. You just need to wipe it down using a damp dishcloth to remove any dust or residue from its surface. In some cases—especially if any areas feel sticky or grimy—you may need to add a little dish soap to your cloth before cleaning the machine. When using soap, wipe down the soda machine an additional time with just water to remove any soapy residue.
When cleaning your soda maker, take care to focus on every edge and crevice. You can either allow the machine to air dry or manually dry it with a clean, dry cloth or paper towel afterward.
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Cleaning your soda maker and bottles can extend their usable lifespans and keep your carbonated beverages free of bacteria. Staying on top of the maintenance routine above will allow you to sit back and enjoy your homemade soda, sparkling water, and other delicious beverages without worry.