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Question about hotwater bottles

Post  lollyfin on Wed Sep 07, 2011 1:11 am

ok I feel really stupid asking this but its got to that time of year again and we have had our hotwater bottles for a couple of years now and i just thought i dont know if you are supposed to store them with the stopper in or out
or doesnt it make any difference, I am just concerned that the rubber might rot since i keep the stoppers in (i know i will loose them if i dont) and therefore it will keep in any water left inside it in and stay damp
I have filled and checked them and they are ok but i was just wondering if anyone knows the best way to store them for future
now totally Embarassed
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Post  froogs on Wed Sep 07, 2011 1:13 am

eeee I don't know lollyfin.

I always keep the stoppers in and I seem to remember my mum keeping ours in the airing cupboard when we were little, with the stoppers in.

Don't take my word for it though Shocked
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Post  TP on Wed Sep 07, 2011 1:53 am

i store mine with the stopper out.

Does yours have a cover?
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Post  lollyfin on Wed Sep 07, 2011 2:00 am

Mine doesnt but the kids ones do
ah getting where you are going put the stopper inside the cover
now im thinking Doh so simple why didnt i think of that Embarassed all over again Laughing
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Post  froogs on Wed Sep 07, 2011 2:11 am

you and me both! lol so simple yet I appear to be a dunce Embarassed
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Post  TP on Wed Nov 02, 2011 2:31 am

Time to get them out isnt it?

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Post  caledoniaquine on Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:46 am

I always keep stopper in and so far there has been no damage to bottles.

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Post  TP on Fri Nov 25, 2011 9:58 pm

I havent used mine this yet. The other day i bought a mini one to go with my bigger one.

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Post  Bitsy Beans on Sat Nov 26, 2011 1:42 am

I keep mine with the stopper in. No problems so far although I am not spoilt as we were given an electric blanket last year bounce
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Post  Mazzzy on Sat Nov 26, 2011 2:40 am

Stoppers out here, only because I am afraid they might get smelly inside with the stopper in!

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Re: Question about hotwater bottles

Post  Aisles on Sat Nov 26, 2011 8:18 am

Rubber has a shelf life and that can be prelonged by keeping it well lubricated.

Don't allow it to dry out and crack beware if you're waterbottle is old and not been used for months and left someplace very dry.

It might look safe to use but test it first underpressure ie

Over fill it with cold water if it doesn't leak or show the tell tell signs of cracks then it's fine and to use. But don't forget to screw in the stopper properly then turn it upside down preferably in your kitchen sink to test it the seal is still tight and not leaking water.

I know you can use cheap moisturer on the outside of the hot water bottle to keep it from drying out and cracking and it's a good idea to every few months swish water around the inside of the hot water bottle to keep the inside of the water bottle from dying out and cracking on the inside.

I do this with my two hotwater bottles after one looked fine but as soon as I poured water into it the cracks became visible and water started to leak out of it. Laughing
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Re: Question about hotwater bottles

Post  flibsey on Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:08 pm

stopper in, but with air in to separate the layers.
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Re: Question about hotwater bottles

Post  TP on Tue Dec 06, 2011 11:50 pm

used mine first time this winter last night.

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Post  alec eiffel on Wed Dec 07, 2011 3:49 am

TP wrote:used mine first time this winter last night.

I was frosty last night. We'd been sleeping in the other bedroom because it was soooo windy in our bedroom (bedroom gets all the wind coming off the sea, front is more protected). Moved back into our bedroom last night and it was so much colder! Blanket as well as the flannel sheet tonight I think.

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Post  Aisles on Wed Dec 07, 2011 3:59 am

alec eiffel wrote:
TP wrote:used mine first time this winter last night.

I was frosty last night. We'd been sleeping in the other bedroom because it was soooo windy in our bedroom (bedroom gets all the wind coming off the sea, front is more protected). Moved back into our bedroom last night and it was so much colder! Blanket as well as the flannel sheet tonight I think.

Along with hot water bottles and thicker heavy curtains and using that draught excluder stuff that come's on a roll and you sticks around your window frames and door frames.
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Re: Question about hotwater bottles

Post  TP on Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:36 am

ive lost my stopper pale pale

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Post  Aisles on Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:35 pm

TP wrote:ive lost my stopper pale pale

Oh no Sad

I think you can buy a pack of 3 hot water bottle stoppers but for the life of me I can't remember where I saw them on sale.
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Re: Question about hotwater bottles

Post  TP on Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:22 am

are they all the same sizes though. Ive been using mine the last couple of nights.

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Post  Aisles on Thu Jan 19, 2012 4:54 am

TP wrote:are they all the same sizes though. Ive been using mine the last couple of nights.

You get a standard size and a new mini size hot water bottle
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Re: Question about hotwater bottles

Post  TP on Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:45 am

oh has had a hot water bottle recently. Its the first time in all the time i have known him for him to do that.

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