How to Remove Smell from Plastic Water Bottle? (06 methods 2022)

Have you ever noticed that your plastic water bottle seems to have a funky smell? It’s not just the drink inside, it’s also the bottle. If you are like me and don’t mind some odor in your water, this post will help you get rid of that unpleasant smell from your bottles and keep them smelling fresh! 

This blog post is going to talk about how to remove smells from plastic water bottles, but first let’s go over what happens when we use our bottles. Plastic is porous so it can absorb any flavors or odors around it. The longer a flavor hangs out with the plastic the more likely they are to soak into the material and make their way into whatever liquid is stored there. This leaves an unpleasant taste in drinks

Hi, have you ever had a plastic water bottle that smells so bad it’s hard to drink from? I have! It happens when the plastic gets a sweat buildup. This is an easy problem to fix and will just take two minutes of your time. You can find out how by reading this blog post:

Use Baking Soda:

Are you looking for a way to make your plastic water bottle smell better? Have you tried everything but the baking soda trick? Well, we’re glad to have the solution! Place 1 teaspoon of baking soda in an empty container and add enough warm water until it’s full.

Shake well. Empty out about half of the liquid and pour it into your smelly plastic water bottle. Stir with a spoon or shake vigorously before drinking from them again (or use as needed). You’ll be surprised by how fresh they will taste!

Use Dishwasher Soap:

A lot of times, when we use a water bottle, it begins to smell or retain the taste of what was previously in the bottle. This can be an issue for those who want to refill their water bottles with different beverages throughout the day.

The solution? Dishwasher soap! If you fill your water bottle halfway with warm soapy dishwater and shake it up, then rinse it out thoroughly, you’ll have a clean-smelling container that will last all day long.


Are you sick of having a plastic water bottle with an old, icky smell? Instead of throwing it away or drinking from it while the odor lingers, try this vinegar trick! Vinegar can be used to remove not only smelly odors but also stains. Simply pour some white distilled vinegar into your water (or other) bottle and fill up the rest of the way with clean water.

Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds and let sit for a few hours before rinsing out thoroughly. You’ll be amazed at how fresh your water tastes without any lingering smells!

Use Lemon:

Did you ever leave your plastic water bottle in a hot car and come back to an unpleasant smell? This is because the heat has caused the chemicals found in plastic bottles such as BPA to release, causing a pungent odor. To get rid of this smell, all you need is a lemon! Simply cut it in half and squeeze the juice into your water bottle.

After about 10 minutes, remove the lemon rinds and top off with cold water for a refreshing taste.

Soak in boiling water:

It is a common misconception that you can simply wash your plastic water bottle to remove the smell. Although washing will help, it will not eliminate the stench of a used plastic water bottle. To get rid of the smell, try soaking your water bottle in boiling hot water for 10 minutes before using or storing it again.

This process should be repeated every time you use or store your bottled beverage.

Use Sunlight:

A lot of people are going to forget one thing when they drink water, which is the smell. The good news is you can use sunlight to get rid of the smell from plastic bottles. You just need a few minutes in direct sunlight and it will be as if you never had any bad smells. 

The sun’s rays not only have an effect on how your skin looks but also on things like this too!


We hope this blog post was helpful and you found some methods that work for you. If not, please let us know in the comment section below! Your help will be appreciated by all of our readers. Thank you again for reading and we wish you a happy day ahead 🙂

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