Is it Safe to Drink Bottled Water Left in a Hot Car?
It's safe to say we're in the middle of "watch out for your bare thighs if you have leather car seats" type of weather. Also known as "sure I wanted my chapstick to be liquid" and "driving with your finger tips cause the steering wheel burns" weather.
Basically, it's hot. I get in my car a lot to find hot water bottles that've been there for a day or two and I always think, "Is that okay to drink?"
So I looked into it. Turns out it's not such a concrete answer. The industry says plastic bottles are safe under a variety of conditions, not everyone agrees. The concern is that the heat could help chemicals from the plastic leach into the water.
Today details -
You can drink it — just don’t leave it in a hot temperature for a long time. I think that’s the important message. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates the safety of bottled water, including the packaging, the group noted. As with any food product, bottled water should be stored in a cool dry place, away from household solvents, fuels and other chemicals, and away from direct sunlight, it added.
Moral of the story, a couple day old water bottle that's gotten left in the sun won't kill you. One that's been there for a month might start to get a little risky, but it seems like no one can agree on a specific length of time. Let's just ditch this issue all together and start using our reusable water bottles more.