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How Do You Get Rid Of Waterbottle Smell

Old 04-11-18, 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Witterings View Post
Grabbed one of my daughters water bottles that's a few years old but not as old as mine to compare and guess what .... no smell ... As people have mentioned it's probably to do with better quality plastics being used now.

If I'm after a replacement are they all generally much better these days or is it hit or miss depending upon what you spend? I was looking at a Elite Corsa (have an Elite cage so would probably be a good fit as well) which is quite cheap and if I have to replace it every year doesn't hurt the bank or if I spend a bit more will I likely get something that'll last for years ... if so any recommendations??
Camelbak. I bought one +10 years ago. I don't do anything special. After a ride, I rinse it with plain water, fill it with water, put it in the fridge so it's ready for the next ride. I've never even needed to to use soap or hot water. Zero odor and zero taste. Plus their "Jet Valve" is superior to a push/pull spigot.
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Old 04-11-18, 02:28 PM
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I've never had any odor in the two insulated water bottles I have. But I always wash them out after each use and allow them to dry.
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Old 04-11-18, 03:54 PM
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I've left my bottle soaking with bicarbonate of soda all day and just smelt it and there's little difference so a new one is the way to for sure

I'll certainly look at some more expensive options (they're only £7/10 anyway) but more than anything to a big thank you to everyone that contributed it's much appreciated and probably saved me hours of trying to clean it as I won't bother with vinegar / lemon options.

Cheers to everyone for their help and happy thirst free riding
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Old 04-11-18, 06:28 PM
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I've heard that pickle juice is the bees knees for electrolyte replacement.. So my water bottle smells like what I put in it.
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Old 04-11-18, 06:54 PM
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I rarely wash the insides of my bottles. I only carry and drink water, and the only exception is occasionally on a very long ride I'll stop at a convenience store and put some Gatorade in my bottle. I make sure to wash the bottle when I get home, but other than that, I'll leave a half empty bottle of water in my garage until the next time I ride. The outsides of the bottle get rinsed off after gravel rides, and I do occasionally clean the mouthpiece more thoroughly.

I make it a point to wash my coffee cup at work at least every week. But I am a cleanliness freak in other areas.
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Old 04-11-18, 08:39 PM
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Rinse them with hot water with soap and lemon juice or slice of lemon. The smell will go away
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Old 04-11-18, 08:55 PM
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Klean Kanteen stainless water bottles. Run it through the dishwasher once a week. bk
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Old 04-11-18, 09:54 PM
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I'm a baking soda and vinegar fan (in part because I really do like the mini-volcano effect). Baking soda and vinegar; put top on; shake; rinse with very hot water; follow up with a quality dishsoap and a brush. This tends to work for me to get normal smells (like from sports drink) out without any bad taste later.

That said, I'm not against replacing bottles. The Camelbak jet valve bottles are like $10 a pop at my LBS. I usually pick up one or so a year.
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Old 04-11-18, 10:39 PM
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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
Camelbak. I bought one +10 years ago. I don't do anything special. After a ride, I rinse it with plain water, fill it with water, put it in the fridge so it's ready for the next ride. I've never even needed to to use soap or hot water. Zero odor and zero taste. Plus their "Jet Valve" is superior to a push/pull spigot.
Exactly this.
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Old 04-12-18, 03:57 PM
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Does anybody happen to know if the Camelbak Podiums fit in the Elite Custome Race Cages?
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Old 04-12-18, 04:24 PM
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Originally Posted by wipekitty View Post
I'm a baking soda and vinegar fan (in part because I really do like the mini-volcano effect). Baking soda and vinegar; put top on; shake; rinse with very hot water; follow up with a quality dishsoap and a brush. This tends to work for me to get normal smells (like from sports drink) out without any bad taste later.

That said, I'm not against replacing bottles. The Camelbak jet valve bottles are like $10 a pop at my LBS. I usually pick up one or so a year.
This. Although an "ounce of prevention, is worth a pound of cure."
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Old 04-12-18, 05:10 PM
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Originally Posted by f4rrest View Post
Exactly this.
fwiw, that jet valve functionality is also pretty well served by the purist "watergate" design. Another bottle brand worth looking at.
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Does anybody happen to know if the Camelbak Podiums fit in the Elite Custome Race Cages?
Yes, perfectly.

I use the same combination.
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Old 04-13-18, 03:21 AM
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Originally Posted by f4rrest View Post
Yes, perfectly.

I use the same combination.
Thank you

I may even push the boat out and go for a chill one
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Old 04-13-18, 02:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Dirt Farmer View Post
Flavorless denture cleaning tablets work wonders for taste, IMO. I'd assume it could cut down on smells, too.
I use mint denture tablets. Fill the bottle with cold water; drop the tablet in; let it soak overnight; rinse out in the morning. Just a hint of a mint aroma but I like it.
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Old 04-13-18, 02:56 PM
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it's really very simple. You just dip the water bottle once into the trash can, and there you have it. No more water bottle smell.
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Originally Posted by Rogerogeroge View Post
I rarely wash the insides of my bottles. I only carry and drink water, and the only exception is occasionally on a very long ride I'll stop at a convenience store and put some Gatorade in my bottle.
99% of the time my bottles only hold ice water, but for longer rides in the heat I'll put Gatorade powder in one and have just plain water in the other. But if one does get filled with Gatorade, it always gets washed out as soon as I get home. Otherwise, they might get washed once a week, otherwise just rinsed out after a ride if I only have water in them. Never had a funky smell or taste, except that one morning when I realized I had failed to completely rinse the dish soap out of my bottle the night before. Nothing like wanting a cool drink of water and getting a mouthful of soap.
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Originally Posted by San Rensho View Post
it's really very simple. You just dip the water bottle once into the trash can, and there you have it. No more water bottle smell.
So you do this every ride .. rather than ditch the next one post it to me
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Old 04-13-18, 06:17 PM
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I just wash mine with dish soap and a bottle brush...
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Originally Posted by Junkbeast View Post
I just wash mine with dish soap and a bottle brush...
Soaps don't always kill all the bacteria. You just end up with clean germs. Besides, some are of a less accessible design than others. The most important thing is to clean it as soon as possible. Don't wait until the germs get a chance to multiply and ferment. I put mine in soak as soon as I get back home.
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I've had great luck with swishing around vanilla extract in the bottle. The alcohol does wonders for killing bacteria, and the trace of vanilla lingers to yield a pleasant taste. Learned this from managing an apartment complex, where tenants would leave rotted food in fridges that were unplugged. A good rinse with vanilla extract worked wonders!

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Glass. It’s a little heavier but it stays so much cleaner. I have one that’s in a silicone sleeve to protect it. It can take a drop as long as the lid is secured.
Oh yeah that makes a lot of sense on a bike.

So what do you do if it is dropped and the lid is not secured?
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I don't reacll once when I have had a problem with a smell coming from my water bottle.
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I don't reacll once when I have had a problem with a smell coming from my water bottle.
You can have mine and you won't be questioning it anymore
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