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Old 02-24-09, 01:17 PM   #1
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how to clean a plastic water bottle

Oh my goodness, look how long it took me to discover this! I washed my bottle with baking soda. It looks, smells and tastes like new. I had to soak the inside for a few minutes, but so what?

Is this a well kept secret?

Well, I hope it's useful to some of you.

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Old 02-24-09, 01:35 PM   #2
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No secret, but glad you are using this method. I have used this method for almost 30 years (I know, I'm old, oh wait, I can't be old, my kids are young!)
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Boiling water followed by diluted lemon juice. Works great for new bottles to get rid of the plastic taste too.
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I just leave mine in the cage after my ride; then refill it before I leave on the next one. Am I supposed be cleaning these things?
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denture cleaner tablets, one or two per bottle, fill with water, let it fizz and drain it after 30 minutes
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How 'bout dishwasher?
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I just leave mine in the cage after my ride; then refill it before I leave on the next one. Am I supposed be cleaning these things?
If it doesn't taste bad or look bad to you, then I guess it doesn't matter. After a while, for me, the taste becomes unbearable, and it can't be healthy, either.
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If it doesn't taste bad or look bad to you, then I guess it doesn't matter. After a while, for me, the taste becomes unbearable, and it can't be healthy, either.
I just need the added boost of the extra carbs and protein provided by whatever is growing inside the bottle.
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... or what is flowing in the streets ... bleck

last year during a commute in a rain storm I drove through some flowing water that smelled like raw sewage. needless to say I did not drink from my bottle after that. i don't have sport tops but am slowly replacing my bottles with those that have the caps
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