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Photo: Mulevich (Shutterstock) For those who drink enough seltzer to justify the cost (and counter space), soda makers (like SodaStream, and those that followed) are a convenient way of getting your fix of fizzy water without having to schlep cases of it from the store. And while it’s definitely a low-maintenance appliance, you do have to clean your machine to keep it running and not-gross. Here’s what to know. How to clean the bottles It’s now possible to get dishwasher-safe plastic and glass bottles to use with soda makers, but if you’re using the one that came in the box, chances are it’s hand-wash only. If that’s the case with yours (or you don’t have a dishwasher), cleaning the bottles is pretty straightforward. Oh, and technically you’re supposed to wash the bottle after each use . (We’ll just leave that there.) Regular/maintenance cleaning Start by checking any washing instructions from the manufacturer of the bottle. Once you realize you threw them out immediately, rinse the bottle using warm water, then fill it up about two-thirds of the way. Add a small drop of dishwashing liquid, put the lid on, and shake the bottle so it gets nice and sudsy. Let it sit like that for 15-20 minutes, then rinse again…and again, and again, or until the soap is gone. If there’s still some residue in the bottle (either from the soap or hard water), use a soft bottle brush to gently clean out the inside—just be sure not to […]