Is it safe to refill and reuse plastic water bottles?

I’ve heard that reusing plastic water bottles and freezing them can up your risk of certain cancers (not sure how much of that is true). Is it any safer to reuse plastic water bottles if you’re putting them in the fridge instead of the freezer?

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12 Responses to “Is it safe to refill and reuse plastic water bottles?”

  1. mangoluvva said:

    freezng plastic is bad, but u can reuse it!

  2. rambleon said:

    No it’s not safe to reuse plastic bottles, bacteria growth. Learned the hard way, been sick for days.

  3. califblnd said:

    The plastic (called polyethylene terephthalate or PET)used in these bottles contains a potentially carcinogenic element(something called diethylhydroxylamine or DEHA). The bottles are safe for one use only; if you must keep them longer, it should be or no more than a few days, a week max, and keep them away from heat as well.

    Repeated washing and rinsing can cause the plastic to break down and the carcinogens can leach into the water that YOU are drinking.

    ***I did this before I knew it wasn’t good for you and it actually made me feel really sick***

  4. socks said:

    Yes it is safe to reuse plastic water bottles…so long as you clean them with soapy water and let them air dry completely before filling them up.

    I’m not so sure about freezing water in any bottle however. I personally noticed that when I used to freeze water they after the ice has melted that there are little ‘floaties’ in the water, and that is even with brand new sealed bottles. I personally don’t freeze water in them anymore as I am worried about the plastic breaking down in the water. I can’t find anything online to support this though.

    However, refilling cleaned and dry bottles is not a problem 🙂

  5. kimmy said:

    reusing plastic water bottle is not advisable because the each time an oxygen will come inside the bottle, lead will increase and it will mix up with your drinking water. too much lead in our body may cause cancer.

  6. janie said:

    A lot of people think it’s not safe.
    You can tell by looking underneath the bottle at the little triangle if it has 1 in it, that means you should only use it once and dispose! If it has like 2 or 3, that means you can use it over and over again. Only the sad thing is, I reuse my bottles. No side effects, at least not yet anyway =) hope this helps!

  7. Jdub06 said:

    ive been refilling the same gatorade bottle for months now and im fine.

  8. Wonderwall said:

    Blah blah blah….depending on who you ask everything these days causes cancer.

  9. gomanyes562 said:

    It is safe to reuse them as long as you don’t heat or freeze them. Heating will definitely cause toxins to seep into the water, and should be avoided (for example, leaving them in the sun). Freezing has been suggested to have some adverse effects, but nothing has been proven. I’d advise better safe than sorry.

  10. Pənny Proud said:

    Storing foodstuffs and drink in plastics with recycle #’s 3, 6 & 7 are the most unsafe to use, the others aren’t so bad but not 100% safe either. It’s always better to use glass. Most bottled water comes in #1, and it’s really only good for one time use.

    Even at room temperature, chemicals can leach off from the plastic into the food or drink, like Bisphenol-A (BPA) which can affect brain chemistry and structure, behavior, the immune system, and male and female reproductive systems, and has also been linked to cancer.

  11. Bandit said:

    Never re-use a plastic water bottle. Not only are dioxins released if the plastic is heated or cooled, but plastic provides a good breeding ground for bacteria, It can kill you.

  12. drakon734u said:




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