Does Gatorade Go Bad?

If you’re looking for the answer to the question “does Gatorade go bad?”, you’re in the right spot. Gatorade, like probably any other energy drink, can go bad, but it happens very rarely. In this short article we will touch upon what Gatorade producers tell us about storing, shelf life and going bad and what people who drink Gatorade have to say about those topics. If you’d like to read what Gatorade says about that, check out FAQ on their website.

How to store Gatorade

As long as the bottle of Gatorade is unopened, it can be stored in room temperature. Once it’s opened, producer states that it should be kept in the fridge. Keeping it in the fridge will obviously help this sports drink stay fresh for longer, but quite a few people don’t keep opened bottles of Gatorade in the refrigerator simply because they don’t like to drink it really cold and prefer it in room temperature. If you will use the whole bottle within a day or two (probably only a handful of people keep an opened bottle of Gatorade for more than a day) , keeping it in room temperature probably won’t make any difference. One thing about storing it is quite obvious – make sure you seal it tightly when not in use. This way any bacteria or small food particles won’t get into the drink and cause it to spoil.

Drinking Gatorade
(credit: Monica’s Dad)

Shelf life of Gatorade

According to producer’s data, this sports drink should be consumed within 9 months or less (as long as it stays unopened for those 9 months). That’s the best time to do it, because its taste will be the best possible. Once you open the bottle, producer recommends drinking its contents within a few days. Truth be told, many people have stored for days and weeks and the drink was fine (this is common for sports drinks). If you’ve opened a bottle of Gatorade 2 weeks ago, consumed half of it and put the rest into the fridge, it should be fine. It’s fine for quite longer time than what the producer states, but remember that its taste might slowly deteriorate with time.

How to tell if Gatorade is bad

Telling if Gatorade is bad shouldn’t be an issue. First thing to do is smelling it, if it’s bad, chances are it’ll smell awfully. Look for sediment on the bottom of the bottle or maybe any signs of mold. If the drink looks and smells fine, taste it. If it’s bad, you’ll know it right away. Please remember that an energy drink going bad is a very rare occurrence.

As you should know by now, Gatorade can go bad, but only if you’ll store it for quite a long time in poor conditions (opened bottle (without its cap), room temperature). If you’ll keep the bottle sealed and store it in the fridge (if you really want to store for a little longer period of time), it’ll be fine.

User Stories

Gatorade hardly goes bad

Author: Matthew

I’m 14 years old and a lot of people I’d say do say Gatorade goes bad after expired. But my mom got me a pack when I was sick. The bottle was not opened and room temp for about 6 months. The expiration date is about 3 months. After this is can tast alittle off, but if held well, it can last 9 months to 1 year untouched.

More than a month

Author: MFDavey

I opened a bottle of Gatorade more than a month ago. Probably closer to over 2 months now. And its still good. Not refrigerated at all. This isn’t the first time I’ve done this accidental experiment either. The first couple times it was even left in my car for god knows how long before I found it one thrsty day and drank it. This time it was only I my room which is n the basement and stays relatively cool compared to my car during summer months. So as far as I know I have yet to see one go bad even n the worst conditions after months of being opened. My guess is the electrolytes (salt and what not) keep any bacteria for forming

Old Gatorade

Author: Ketch

I’m currently (2/19/2015) drinking a bottle of G Series Lemon Lime Gatorade that shows a Mar 28 2012 sell by date and it is just fine.  I was stored in a cool dry place out of the sun with seal unbroken.  Hey, with all that salt and sugar and stored properly I don’t think it ever goes bad.  But perhaps some scientist could comment further.  I’m just a regular Joe.  And of course the manufacturer will want it consumed way sooner and fresher no matter what to avoid any liability.

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