How to Clean Plastic Water Jugs

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Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar

  • Dish soap

  • Clean, dry towel


If the jug has hard water buildup inside, fill it with warm water, add a cup of white vinegar and let it soak overnight. In the morning, rinse it out well and allow it to air dry upside down.

Clean Plastic Water Jugs

Plastic water jugs can be a handy thing to have around the home. Whether they're functional in everyday use or part of your emergency kit, it's important that your water stay clean; therefore, the container must be clean. The challenge in cleaning plastic water jugs is that the opening is too narrow to get your hands into. With the proper know-how and materials, cleaning plastic jugs is not difficult.


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Step 1

Rinse out the container with clean, warm-to-hot water to remove any residue inside.

Step 2

Fill the container ¼ to ½ full of hot, soapy water and add 1 cup of white vinegar.

Step 3

Move the bottle around gently to swish the solution all over the inside of the jug.

Step 4

Empty the jug and rinse several times with warm water, making sure that the water from the jug runs clean with no residual soap.

Step 5

Set the jug upside down on a clean towel to drain any residual moisture.



Melynda Sorrels

Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.