How to Get Rid Of Plastic Taste in Water Bladder

Water bladders are convenient and safe when outdoors and will keep you well hydrated on the go. You can fill them with either plain or flavored water, fasten them on your back and hit the trails. However, some people can feel a plastic taste every time they drink water from the hose. Even when you are drinking flavored water, it does very little to mask the plastic taste. Good news is that there are some simple ways to get rid of plastic taste in water bladder. Here are some of the most effective methods.

Bicarbonate of Soda

Mix ¼ cup of bicarbonate of soda with 2 cups of hot (not boiling) water then let it sit in the bladder. Rub the bladder gently until the liquid gets evenly distributed to all parts of the bag and runs down the entire drinking tube. This can be from an hour to overnight. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Bottle bright tablets

Bottle Bright tablets are ideal for cleaning water bladders, travel mugs and water bottles. They do not have chlorine and do not leave any odors behind. Rather, they fizz and clean leaving your water bladder free from a plastic taste and sanitized.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

Fill the bladder with water, add a tablespoon of vinegar and swoosh it around, then add another tablespoon baking powder and thoroughly shake it. When done, drain the water and rinse well with warm water. This is great as it helps in removing the chlorine taste if you had bleached your bladder before.

Baking Soda and Lemon or Lime Juice

Combine several tablespoons of baking soda in some cups of water and pour it into the hydration bladder. Next, add the same amount of lime juice or lemon juice. You will notice some bubbling. Let it sit for 30 minutes or overnight and then thoroughly rinse with warm water. The lemon juice helps in neutralizing both the plastic taste as well as mildew that may be forming in the water bladder due to poor storage.

Denture Cleaning Tablets

This is the simplest way to get rid of plastic taste in your water bladder. Drop the denture cleaning tablets into the warm water in the bladder and let them work for about 15 minutes. Use the unflavored type unless you want your water to always have a minty taste. Allow the tablets to completely dissolve and penetrate the inner plastic completely before rinsing.

Bleach Solution

Sometimes, it calls for a strong measure especially when all other methods have failed. Fill the water bladder with water then add a cupful or teaspoon of bleach. Let the bleach sit for an hour or overnight. Thoroughly rinse with over four changes of warm water. To help get rid of the bleach flavor, we recommend following with lemon juice and baking soda. This is one of the best ways to kill bacteria and fungus especially when they are visible.

Finally, store the water bladder in the refrigerator to deter mold from forming. Each time you are done with the outdoors, rinse the water bladder with some plain warm water, drain it and keep it in a zipped plastic bag in the fridge until the next time you are ready to hit the outdoors.