How many times can you reuse a plastic water bottle?

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    According to the website posted below, most types of plastic bottles are safe to reuse at least a few times if properly washed with hot soapy water. However, repeated re-use of Lexan (plastic #7) bottles increases the chance that chemicals will leak out of the tiny cracks and crevices that develop over time. BPA (found in plastic containers) has been linked to breast and uterine cancer, an increased risk of miscarriage, children’s developing systems, and decreased testosterone levels. It is also recommended to not reuse bottles made from plastic #1 (polyethylene terephthalate, aka PET or PETE), including most disposable water, soda and juice bottles. These bottles may be safe for one-time use, but re-use may leach DEHP — another probable human carcinogen—when they are in less-than-perfect condition.

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