This is for people who buy spring/drinking water. I like to keep water bottles on hand for convenience, but do not like spending the money to buy the individual bottles all the time. I use either disposable plastic or glass. The disposable ones, I wash and refill a few times then recycle or I reuse glass soda/soft drink bottles. I like to use the glass ones at home, because they can be reused repeatedly, but the plastic ones are easier to transport.
To make refilling these bottles easier, I place the empty bottles in a cardboard 6-pack soda/beer carrier and put into a dry kitchen sink. Using a funnel, I fill the bottles with purchased one-gallon spring water. This keeps the empty bottles from falling over when trying to fill them. If you do spill some, it will go into the sink. Getting the cardboard carrier a bit wet will not cause any problems as long as long as it doesn't get soaked.
I really do not like buying spring water but in our area, the water tastes terrible. Since we rent our home, we do not have the option to filter our water.
By mkymlp from NE PA /USA
Have you considered a filter pitcher like Brita or Pur, or a filter that attaches to your kitchen faucet? Our water tastes too much like chlorine and the filter pitcher makes a big difference.
Thank you for your advice. We already have an adapter on the faucet for a portable dishwasher. So I can't use the water filter for the faucet. Because of a herniated disc in my neck, I cannot use the Brita filter pitcher. I do have one but because of the angle that I have to hold it while pouring, it aggravates my neck. With a gallon bottle/jug, I can rest it on the counter as I pour the water.
I thought about getting a 2.5 gallon plastic water dispenser but I don't have the space to keep it, in or out of the refrigerator. Hopefully after I get better I can use the pitcher again.
Thanks again. I appreciate it.
I absolutely love your idea about reusing the glass bottles but it's not safe to reuse plastic water bottles because they break down quickly and leach chemicals. The only plastics that are safe to reuse for food or beverages are recycle #'s 2, 4 & 5. Water bottles are #1. I am giving you a thumbs up for the glass bottle reuse though. :-)
There is no reason, even if you rent, which I do, that you can't buy an under the sink reverse osmosis unit. They're not hard to install & the counter top faucet, can be left there, when you move. They're not expensive to buy a new one. Just make sure you buy a good quality, 4 or 5 stage unit, from a respected company. They pay for themselves in about a yr & the filters are not expensive, either.
Performance Water has a really good unit & r very informative with info. This is the unit I have & love. I have had 1 for over 30yrs. I have changed units a few times, but the savings, not to mention the convenience, is well worth it. I wouldn't live without one. I use it for my ice maker, for juice, coffee, tea, food cooking, anything that I need water for eating.
I use stainless steel refillable bottles, no more plastic for me, these I use in the car & away from home & brita & pur filtered water is awful. The water tastes bad. If you want a water filter, get an R.O. unit.
The best thing I ever invested in is buying a 3 gallon water cooler. I loving drinking water and it encourages me to drink even more water since it's quick and easy to get to. I keep plastic cups on top.
Mine takes 2 Brita filters at a time and I just refill the 3 gallon jug with tap water. It also takes a 5 gallon jug but that is too heavy for me when filled.
I have to change the filters every 25 times - which is not bad. The spout makes it easy to refill my plastic water bottles, too.
Mine is a Brita brand and I don't think they make them anymore - but check around to see if any of the other water filter companies like Pur, make water coolers that would take their filters.
I will never give up my water cooler !
Good idea but yes you do have the option to filter your water. You can buy a setup that goes directly onto your kitchen sink faucet. It is money well spent. Filters last a long time also.
Although we use and prefer Pur (the first 5 mins of new-filter are the only water that comes out tasting bad,) I vote thumbs up for any use of filtered water. It's really too bad that our water supply has to be filtered, but them's the facts... :P
We have been doing this same thing since my husband was in the Army. Wash the bottles with a drop of dish (Like Dawn) detergent and cold water to prevent chemicals from the bottles themselves. Rinse thoroughly let air dry and refill with water from a PUR Filter. I change my Pur Filter every 4 weeks, though it is supposed to last longer.
We have a lot of bad stuff and enough chlorine to disinfect a pool (well a lot of Chlorine) in our Public Water Supply, so better safe than sorry.
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