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Old 12-30-05, 10:02 PM   #1
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Getting rid of that "New water bottle aroma"

Other than constant washing what can one do to speed up getting rid of that "new water bottle" aroma?

I tried filling the bottles with a mixture of water and baking soda. Helped some but they still smell awful.
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Old 12-30-05, 10:20 PM   #2
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There was a discussion on this (kind of - it's about smelly water bottles in general) in the 50+ forum the other day. Hope this helps:

Smelly water bottles
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Thanks! I'm going to do the baking soda trick again only this time leave it in there for a day or two vs. an hour.
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From that thread...http://www.nalgene-outdoor.com/store...tegorycode=168

I was corresponding with a BikeForums member this summer who steered me toward those Nalgene OTG bottles.
$7 from the local outfitter/MEC. Highly recommended.

One more: empty Jolt CX2 cans - the large ones fit perfectly in a bottle cage.
Less convenient as they have a screw top but they won't retain tastes either.
http://www.xoxide.com/jolt-cx2-cola.html
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Hehe water in my new bottle tasted of framesaver for a coupla weeks...
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water bottle smell... what's that?
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Oils and solvents in the plastic that's still evaporating. Unfortunately this process continues forever, so there's always that smell & taste. It does diminish in time though as less and less of it remains. You can leave the bottle out on your roof to bake in the sun for about a week and the heat will force out more of the solvents. However, by speeding up the aging process, you're reducing the lifespan of the bottle. It gets more and more brittle as the solvents disappear. Eventually, it'll just crack.

Famous case being the Nordica ski-boots recall of ... 1988 I think. They had a batch of plastic that was a little too dry.. when it was exposed to sub-zero temperatures, it became so brittle that a sudden stop on the skis will have the shell shatter to bits and there you are, standing in the snow in your socks next to your skis.

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I use that aroma to determine when to replace the bottle. Or more specifically, the lack thereof.
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Try vanilla extract and water.
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We tried the Eddie Bauer aluminum bottles. They don't smell at all. They also don't work because you can't squeeze aluminum when you want a drink.

But they look really cool!
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Other than constant washing what can one do to speed up getting rid of that "new water bottle" aroma?

I tried filling the bottles with a mixture of water and baking soda. Helped some but they still smell awful.
Sometimes life' rough, eh?

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I take Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum, put about a shot or so in the bottle and shake it up for several seconds and then dump it out (Yeah, I know, dumping it out is a little scandalous, but I do it.) It leaves a much nicer smell/taste.
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I take Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum, put about a shot or so in the bottle and shake it up for several seconds and then dump it out (Yeah, I know, dumping it out is a little scandalous, but I do it.) It leaves a much nicer smell/taste.
Put some Squirt soda in with the rum and it will taste good. After several water bottles full of this, you won't care about the smell.

Besides the other useful comments, you could try Gatoraide or ice tea in the bottle to temporarily change the taste.
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SIGG if you never want to have such a problem again. The reason other aluminum bottles don't work well is the lack of/crappy enamel on the interior. Mine is almost always water snd never has a weird taste or smell. HOwever if you're of a mind too (I have) it can go all day. Coffee, OJ, water, soda, beer, soda w/extras, beer again and still be fresh for the next days coffee. All with nary a rinse. I've tried them all and find them disposable. This bottle works so well I've managed to keep a hold on it for over a year. (the dings don't do anything to the enamel, thing is tough as all get out)
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A little bourbon mixed with coke (not diet) will do the trick. If you are underage don't try this at home.
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