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    How do you get rid of the plastic smell!!

    I have got to know, I went to the lbs and bought a couple water bottles and can't get rid of the plastic smell, how does everybody else do it.

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    Thanks I will try that this evening...

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    My bottles are so old and disgusting, it isn't even funny. They smell like a lot of things, none of which resembles plastic. Heck, i even wash them a couple times per year even though I use them daily.

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    I have the same thing - my search on the net suggested lemon juice in with the water - leave it overnight to soak. Hopefully this will work because I can't drink the water like it is. (I have trouble drinking tap water because of the taste so I don't think bleach would work either)

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    Huh. I never seem to have this problem. If my waterbottles did start to stink, I'd just pick up a couple new ones for $1 each, pre-filled.

    *takes a drink of Gatorade*

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    Get the cat to pee in them. Viola! Plastic smell gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey
    Get the cat to pee in them. Viola! Plastic smell gone.
    Bad Stacey! You are not being helpful! If you're not going to tell him the trick for how to train the cat to pee in the bottle, what use is this advice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey
    Get the cat to pee in them. Viola! Plastic smell gone.
    That's like storing onions in them. Or storing garlic in them. Or filling them with ***** The end result is the same: it makes a body reluctant to use them. . .

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    Bad Stacey! You are not being helpful! If you're not going to tell him the trick for how to train the cat to pee in the bottle, what use is this advice?
    And if you bring that bottle over to my house and place it on the floor in my garage, my cats will pee in or on it, no training or tricks needed. Honest! :-)
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    Bicarbonate of soda dissolved in water and left overnight. Don't use bleach. Or cat pee for that matter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dagna
    Bad Stacey! You are not being helpful! If you're not going to tell him the trick for how to train the cat to pee in the bottle, what use is this advice?
    DUCK TAPE(tm)!!! SOLVES ALL! Though may be a wee bit difficult for the cat to actually walk after you do that.

    If you use bleach, it'll smell of a urinal and also bleach on something that is porous (has to be to absorb smells), that you then drink from on a daily basis is not the wisest idea, unless one likes chemical burns.

    I'm with Bicarb and water, or.... Vinegar + 2/3rds water. Both kill germs quite effectively, and vinegar may leave a bit of bite to the water for a bit, but its not going to kill you

    Lemon Water is what I normally end up pouring into mine anyway! Slices of lemon, ice, and a shedload of water. Leave in a jug in the fridge. Decant as necessary into your bottles, tastes bloody lush on a hot day, or after a hot ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M3ta7h3ad
    If you use bleach, it'll smell of a urinal and also bleach on something that is porous (has to be to absorb smells), that you then drink from on a daily basis is not the wisest idea, unless one likes chemical burns.
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    The smell is not because it is porous, the smell is from curing plastic. The bottle will not absorb the bleach. FYI, tap water has "bleach" in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petermypeter
    I have got to know, I went to the lbs and bought a couple water bottles and can't get rid of the plastic smell, how does everybody else do it.
    Get the right kind of plastic bottles. Cost 38˘ at the Dollar Store, filled with spring water; refillable umpteen times with whatever you want. Zero plastic smell, ever.



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    I'm fond of these. No smell. The store near me sells them with no logos, ala Waldorf school.

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    I just broke in a new bottle this morning that had a fairly strong plastic smell. I washed it out with regular dishwashing detergent and filled it with gatorade for my ride. Didn't notice any off taste yet, but I guess water will be a better test. I've had luck with this method before.
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    most of the time i get just the right size of bottled waters, refill them a few times. and get more. when i buy bike-specific water bottles i open the cap and smell them first. some smell strong of plastic, some don't at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike
    Get the right kind of plastic bottles. Cost 38˘ at the Dollar Store, filled with spring water; refillable umpteen times with whatever you want. Zero plastic smell, ever.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dead Extra #2
    The smell is not because it is porous, the smell is from curing plastic. The bottle will not absorb the bleach. FYI, tap water has "bleach" in it.
    You took what I wrote and read between the lines mate.

    The plastic in water bottles has to be somewhat porous, as it is possible for it to pick up strong smells, and let them linger. Put Garlic paste in there, then wash it out after a few hours. The smell will be in there for days.

    tap water having "bleach" in it is neither here nor there, I dont think they shove demestos in there mate.

    If you have to use a "bleach" use Milton sterilising fluid. Suitable for baby bottles im pretty darn sure its safe to use in normal water bottles.

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    Very Hot Water + Baking Soda x Rinse Dry = NO SMELL

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    hydrogen peroxide will eliminate a lot of odors in plastic, bleach works well also. Both sterilize the bottle too.

    I usually buy a bottle of powerade and refill as needed with fresh water, when it gets old and grungy buy a new bottle, the new style bottles fit the holder perfectly, snug enough to stay, but easy to pull out, problem is that they don't have the sports tops.

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    I'll second (third?) the baking soda plan. Quick, cheap, effective.
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    Leave a few drops of Cytomax in a bottle. Drop it under your workbench and leave it there in the warm, dark garage for a week or three. I guarantee it won't smell like plastic!
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    SIGG water/anything bottles never smell or retain tastes etc and last forever, They may be $25.00 but the look nice & function better. I've had only the one for over 2 years, same for the wife, won't need another in the forseeable future either. Can go from coffee to orange juice to water without any cleaning or aftertaste.

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    Dewbert's secret recipe for making water bottles smell/taste better: Pour Capt Morgan's spiced rum in them and swish it around for a while....much better taste and smell..
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    Fill bottle with water, leave in daylight for a day. Repeat the next day.

    No bleach, no chemicals, no cat pee required at all. Both free and effective. Who would have thunk it.

    All you have to do is remember to buy a new bottle before one of the old ones wears out. Oh the joys of forward planning.

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