How to Use Copper Water Bottle? Are You Using Copper Bottles the Right Way?


Copper bottles are great alternatives to plastic bottles. It is good for your health and great for the environment.

For ages, people in India have used copper pots to consume water. If you need more information on how it is better, you can refer to this article: Copper or Plastic Which bottles are better?

There are a lot of benefits to using copper bottles. It helps in improving overall immunity and health. It is a metal present in trace levels in the body and is needed for many key metabolic activities.

We have identifies the top 12 benefits of copper as a water container, here is a link if you would like to deep dive into the benefits: 12 Amazing Benefits of Copper

Maybe you are keen on buying a new copper bottle, or you already have one and do not know how to use it. Do not worry, we are here to guide you.

Our customers are focused on health and what to give the best to their families. They always ask questions on how to use copper bottles to get the maximum benefit. What are the should do’s and they don’t?

We have been more than happy to share our knowledge and experience. Here are some key things for you to be mindful of as well.

Question 1: What happens when I store water in a copper vessel?

Now that you understand the benefits of using copper bottles, it is important to understand how it works.

Have you noticed how everyone recommends storing water in copper bottles for a minimum of 3 hours or even overnight before use?

Numerous magazines and health gurus like NDTV and The Hindu recommend we store water in copper vessels before drinking it. Have you wondered why?

Here is the answer to your question. When you store water in copper bottles overnight, a small amount of copper ions gets dissolved into the water (Called as Oligodynamic effect). This acts as an antimicrobial agent and has the ability to destroy a wide variety of harmful microbes, molds, fungi, etc. This makes your water safe to drink.


Question 2: What is the right way to use a copper bottle?

Most of you reading this post are proud owners of The Indus Valley’s Copper bottle. Congratulations on your new purchase. We are here to guide you on how to use it to get maximum benefit.

1. First, once you have received your The Indus Valley copper bottle, wash it with water.

2. Second, fill your clean copper bottle with room temperature water and close the lid. Let the water rest for 6 hours (minimum) to 8 hours (maximum) and then drink it.

The Indus Valley’s Recommended Golden Practice:

Fill your copper bottle before going to bed every night. Once you get up drink the water from your copper bottle.

This is a great tip to regulate your digestive system and maintain your health. This golden practice will keep your digestive system very healthy and set your metabolism for rest of the day. You will feel very refreshed and light every day.

Question 3: Why does my copper bottle get black on the inside?

By now, you must have started using your copper bottle. We hope you are enjoining it. Health is a choice, you deserve a pat on the back for being so mindful of your body.

Did you notice that your copper bottle got a little dark on the inside? Do not be afraid, this happens in copper.

Usually copper turns black because it forms copper oxide. As you store water in a copper vessel overnight, and it will black due to oxidation. This is good, this means your bottle is pure and is working to clean the water.

Your bottle will return to its original color on washing. Here is a blog with the top 5 easy ways to clean your bottle.

Question 4: Can I use my copper bottle for juice or milk?


Copper is great for the water glass. It keeps your water safe and clean.

However other liquid like juice and milk is not a great fit for copper.

The reason being, copper is not good with acidic food. Milk has lactic acid. Juices like orange juice have citric acid.

The acid will react with the bottle and ruin the taste of the juice. It is difficult to track which juices have organic acids and which do not. As a rule, avoid all liquids other than water in a copper bottle.

The Indus Valley’s Recommended Golden Practice:

Use your The Indus Valley copper bottle for water only. Do not use it for storing other liquids.


Question 5: Can I pour hot water into my copper bottle?


Copper bottles purify your water with oxidization. When you add hot water, the process gets disturbed. Additionally, since copper is a metal it will absorb the heat and it will become difficult to carry a hot water bottle.

While it is fine to fill your copper water bottle with warm water, we recommend against filling it with hot or boiling water.

Hot/boiling water can negatively affect your bottle. Hot water makes the copper reactions faster and potentially causes the water to absorb too much copper from your bottle (the greater the temperature of the water, the more capable it is of absorbing metals such as copper).

The healthiest way to use a copper bottle is to drink room temperature or lukewarm water.

The Indus Valley’s Recommended Golden Practice:

Always use room temperature water and store it in your bottle overnight for maximum benefit.


Question 6: Can I put my copper bottle in the deep freezer?


We do not recommend using your copper bottle in the deep freezer. The reactions working to purify your water, happen best at room temperature. Do not freeze as you will lose the benefit.

When it Ayurveda, it recommends drinking room temperature or lukewarm water rather than cold water.

Image this, your body is busy working to digest your food to get energy. Room temperature water is useful and helps better digestion.

In contrast, drinking cold water can potentially freeze the enzymes in our gut. This will slow down digestion and will likely increase the number of toxins in our bodies.

In addition, cold water generally causes a contraction of blood vessels. This increases the chances that toxins will remain inside your body rather than being excreted through your lymphatic system.


Question 7: Can I use detergent on my copper bottles?

Not Advised.

Copper is a natural material. The Indus valley range of kitchenware is all-natural and we use only pure and earthy elements. Using soap on copper will lead to a reduced lifetime. Alternatively, you can clean your copper bottle with natural materials like lime and salt. Here is a blog with the top 5 easy ways to clean your bottle.


Question 8: Are your copper water bottles handmade?


All of our copper water bottles are handmade by skilled artisans using traditional methods. As a result, every bottle will be unique, just like YOU.

Did you know all products at The Indus Valley store are handmade by artisans in India? Each time you buy a product from us, you are supporting art and small businesses.

Question 9: Are your hammered copper water bottles better than the plain ones?

Both bottles are great. However, hammered bottles are slightly better because of these two reasons:

1. It looks fabulous and chic in your hand. An absolute style statement.

2. Hammered bottles have an increased surface area of copper on the inside of the copper water bottle which makes contact with the water stored in it. The greater the physical contact between the water and the copper, the greater the health benefits for you.


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Note: The information in this article and website is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers before making any diet or lifestyle changes.

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