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    Default Plastic taste

    Does anyone have any suggestions for how to get the plastic taste out of water bottles?
    I have an old MSR dromedary water bag which is as good as when I bought it 15 years or so ago but the plastic taste has got so bad that tea and coffee tastes the same.
    Ive tried milton sterilizing tablets and also vinegar but neither made much difference.

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    You could try bicarbonate of soda.

    I presume you've tried boiling water?

    We always have this issue about drying the inside of our water carriers to avoid mould. You can buy really twee stretchers for Camelbaks but we just tend to stick the handle of a wooed spoon up inside our Ortlieb ones.

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    Thanks Chris,
    I have tried boiling water but I hadnt thought of bicarbonate of soda.

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    Haven't tried it on plastic, but soda crystals work well in glass containers.

    One way to avoid mould development is to store water bladders (empty!) in the freezer - simple & effective.
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    Thanks Rhod
    Im not familiar with soda crystals, I take it I would find them in the supermarket with cleaning stuff?

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    Yes - although you might need a hardware type shop. I haven't bought them for a bit.

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    Do NOT use Soda Crystals!

    They are Toxic and Corrosive! (Caustic Soda.)

    Try using Lemon Juice and Bicarbonate of Soda, but be aware that this is a Very Volatile reaction!
    Last edited by Bogflogger; 21st-July-2006 at 02:10 PM.

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    The way i do it is to run it under the tap so that water is spilling it out, keep it there for abit. Then you empty all the water out, flush it out then add some more water(so its about half full) and put some washing up liquid in, put the top and shake it up for a bit. Then run it under a tap for ages so the water is spilling out again and keep it there until no more bubbles come out. Then rinse and you shouldnt get any taste at all. Abit long, but it doesnt cost.


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    Bogflogger wrote
    Do NOT use Soda Crystals!

    They are Toxic and Corrosive! (Caustic Soda.)
    Sounds like a very good reason not to use it on plastic! We used to use a weak solution in glass coffee jugs & mugs, soaked overnight when I worked in kitchens many years ago. Guess it's probably ok on something non-absorbent & well rinsed, but have to admit I hadn't realised just what it was!

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    Thanks for all the ideas - Ill try them all except for the caustic soda

    Ill report back in a day or 2

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    Try mixing lemon juice with a bit of water give it a good soak,rinse properly and dry it out

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