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Water Bottle Imparts Plastic Flavor & Odor(18 posts)

Water Bottle Imparts Plastic Flavor & OdorBQ
Jun 26, 2001 2:52 PM
Are there any bottles that don't make water taste and smell like plastic? I've tried the generics, even tried Nalgene. They all stink. This is a problem because it's interfering with proper hydration during my rides. I checked the reviews here, but this seems to be a common theme.

re: Water Bottle Imparts Plastic Flavor & OdorHaiku d'état
Jun 26, 2001 3:07 PM
fill 1/4 with hot water and capfull of bleach
seal and shake
empty and rinse with cold water

fill 1/4 with hot water and 2 tsp of baking soda
seal and shake
empty and rinse with cold water

fill 1/2 with cold water
seal and shake

repeat entire sequence as necessary

have three bottles bought on clearance from the local sporting goods/cycling outlet, i've tried EVERYTHING including lemon juice, vinegar (!), rice, NOTHING gets the smell out of 'em. but...i'm pretty sure they sat on a shelf or in some boxes in an uncooled closet someplace for 1+ years.

on the other hand, none of my other bottles taste plastic-y. specialized, polar something or other, nashbar, and shop-specific bottles in the cabinet.
Jun 26, 2001 6:31 PM
I'll give this a try. Thanks for the tip.
Bottles are cheap...Cima Coppi
Jun 26, 2001 3:09 PM
Do what the pros do, when you're out of water, throw the empty bottle on the side of the road.

Just kidding, I in no way advocate littering, but I just change bottles when I can no longer stand the taste of the water stored in them. Like you, I cannot get the smell out of them. I've tried soaking them, running them in the dishwasher, etc. No luck for me.

Good luck!!
Cheap A$$ TipMiklos
Jun 26, 2001 5:16 PM
The best water bottles that I have came across are the Power Ade bottles with the flip-top caps. I think they hold 20 or 24 oz, are clear so that you can see how much water is left and the best thing is the flip-cap that keeps your drinking nipple nice & clean even when in mud & rain. Cheap too, around $1 with sports drink. Just rinse when done with sports drink and use for water bottle.

Jun 26, 2001 6:28 PM
I'll give it a try. Thanks!
re: Water Bottle Imparts Plastic Flavor & Odornutmegger
Jun 26, 2001 6:07 PM
You should consider this a minor inconvenience. Try the home remedies but if they're not effective just drink and be glad for the water, whatever it tastes like. In all my years in the Army, I was never issued a canteen that didn't make the water taste like plastic or something worse. It never once interfered with proper hydation. Suck it up and drive on you hard-core cyclist.
You're probably rightBQ
Jun 26, 2001 6:27 PM
Maybe there should be some cheese to go with my whine.

Another thing to do...boy nigel
Jun 26, 2001 6:41 PM
If you can't get the taste/smell out--and don't want to buy new bottles--then here are two more options: 1) Mix your water half 'n' half with Gatorade/Cytomax/some other sports/hydration drink; 2) Simply fill your bottles with said sports drink rather than water. The extra salt/carbs/electrolytes will be really helpful for your rides, you'll be healthier because of it (especially in the hot weather when you lose lots of nutrients/salt when you sweat), and you'll drink more since your stuff tastes good. You'll be more hydrated, will ward off cramps/lactic acid build-up (depending on the drink), and your bottle problem will be solved. It'll cost you a bit more, of course, but you'll be better nourished/hydrated. Money well spent!!

Buy in bulk (powder in canisters) so you'll save a lot of money, rather than buying individual bottles of Gatorade/Powerade/etc. Mix it up as you see fit for taste, and you'll save money on that better nutrition.

re: Water Bottle Imparts Plastic Flavor & OdorLone Gunman
Jun 26, 2001 6:36 PM
Do you have a favorite mouth wash? Put a few DROPS in the bottle and shake it up and see if the water tastes any better. It will have the slight flavor of mouthwash, better than plastic.
re: Water Bottle Imparts Plastic Flavor & OdorDutchy
Jun 26, 2001 7:08 PM
I'm not too sure on the plastic smell it usually goes away after a few good washes. If you want to stop the bottle smelling "stale" just keep them full of water when you aren't using them. The bottles smell due to the humidity inside the empty damp bottle, by keeping them full the air is kept out. CHEERS.
Jun 26, 2001 7:30 PM
Fill bottle about 3/4 corn vinegar (the 'clear'one) and 1/4 water.
Let sit for 24 hours....pour it out and rinse 2 or 3 times with clean water....there will NOT be any smell or taste.....just like drinking from a glass! HAS NEVER FAILED!
Put a 1/4 lemon or lime in the bottle ...davidl
Jun 26, 2001 8:16 PM
then just be grateful you have it ... then again, maybe you're not thirsty enough...:-)
Try Brandy...RecRider
Jun 27, 2001 1:59 AM
I've read from this site a long time ago and can't remember exactly who, but this is what he suggests. Rinse the bottle with brandy after your ride, turn it upside down and let dry. The next time you use it, the residue of the brandy will overcome the plastic smell and water will taste a bit sweeter.

I think that this is only applicable with water since it might ruin the taste of flavored power drinks.
Oh do try Brandy...PingPong
Jun 27, 2001 9:50 AM
I can recommend Otard Single Estate Vintage Champagne Cognac for just this purpose. It's a workaday little tipple, I would also recommend washing your face with it before setting out on a ride.
re: Water Bottle Imparts Plastic Flavor & OdorLLSmith
Jun 27, 2001 3:05 AM
I find that the clearer the plastic the better the water taste.
re: Water Bottle Imparts Plastic Flavor & OdorKen
Jun 27, 2001 3:21 AM
Try a buying bottled water where the bottle is nearly the same size as your bottle holder.
Problem seems to be related to the type of plasticKevin M
Jun 27, 2001 7:42 AM
I have noticed that the more "flexible" (amorphous) plastic materials, Polypropylene (PP) and low density Polyethylene (PE), that are commanly used for cycling water bottles have a tendancy to have the strong "plastic" flavor. They are relatively inexpensive materials.

The more rigid (more crystalline) materials such as Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), Polycarbonate (PC) and high density Polyethylene (PE-HD) do not. The problem here is that the water bottle must be flexible to fit into a cage.The crystalline materials can be identified be their transparancy (i.e. soda bottles).

Just my observations (I work in the plastics industry).