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16 February 2004 @ 11:22 am
Lexan Lexan Roly-Poly Lexan  
So I've been thinking about how to get the "god! this is made out of plastic" smell out of my Nalgene bottle (and my two GE Lexan/Eddi Bauer bottles, which are smaller and less imposing). I decided to ask my friend, The Internet for help:

I found the ordinary recommendations from NALGENE itself. Basically, keep washing it - maybe it will come out. If I owned a dishwasher, I'd use it - but I don't.

This seemed helpful enough, until I scrolled to the bottom, and discovered an order form for sheets of Lexan. I don't know what I'd do with 4'x8' sheets of Lexan, but I'm thinking about it now . . .

So, elfdope, Chemistry Guru - what did you explain to me to do while I was almost too tired to think on Saturday?

Also, you Nalgene peoples - any tips or recommendations on getting the smell out?
 
 
 
la femme stygian: leather scuffgunn on February 16th, 2004 09:28 am (UTC)
I've got a dishwasher! Come visit me!
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on February 16th, 2004 10:43 am (UTC)
Re:
Do you have today off?
elfdope on February 16th, 2004 09:41 am (UTC)
Your basic problem is that the residual chemicals in your bottle are making your water taste like a$$. My first suggestion is using hot perhaps even boiling water from a tea kettle. The heat should increase the various coefficients necessary to liberate the remaining solvent from the plastic. Then you let it sit probably over night. Dump it out. Go to Town. Of course I don't really know about how heat resistant Lexan is.

The second one is to use another solvent that might do a better job like ethyl alcohol, or even isopropyl. In the case of one of these you can still drink it afterwards and fill your body with extracted solvents galore.

One real problem with be the exterior which might continue to smell even with the inside clean. I guess this make the idea of submerging the entire bottle in hot water perhaps your best bet.

As a final idea. Perhaps you could try and learn to like it this way.
XCorvisxcorvis on February 16th, 2004 01:20 pm (UTC)
Re:
There ya go. Fill it with whiskey.
elfdope on February 16th, 2004 03:14 pm (UTC)
Re:
The more rot got the better. This truly is a time to whip out the wild turkey.
Do You Wanna Be Free or You Wanna Be Right?malcubed on February 16th, 2004 02:48 pm (UTC)
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Do what Phil said. What kind of plastic is it made out of?
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on February 16th, 2004 03:15 pm (UTC)
*ahem*
Lexan, Lexan, Roly-poly Lexan
Do You Wanna Be Free or You Wanna Be Right?malcubed on February 16th, 2004 04:12 pm (UTC)
Re: *ahem*
Lexan is resistant to temperatures up to 135 d Celsius, which means you can boil water in it. However, since you cannot exceed that temperature and should avoid pressure cooking it, you can not technically sterilize it, it is merely decontaminated. This is fine as long as blood-based diseases, such as HIV or Hepatitis are not a concern--if they are, then you should either dispose of said item or exclusively limit its use. But if you do the latter, be careful to keep it sealed between uses to prevent contamination of other objects.
Do You Wanna Be Free or You Wanna Be Right?malcubed on February 16th, 2004 04:12 pm (UTC)
Re: *ahem*
I assume that holds for bottles as well as cock rings.
Doomutilitygeek on February 16th, 2004 05:10 pm (UTC)
Re: *ahem*
Lexan, lexan
Po-pexan
Banana fanna fo-fexan
me-mi-mo-mexan
Lexan!
Lady of the Greengreen_truth on February 16th, 2004 09:44 am (UTC)
Nalgenes et cetera
Well, I know for a fact that you can pour boiling water in them, and they are just fine. Other thoughts include putting something that you prefer the smell of in them. They will still smell, but not like something nasty at least. The other options largely seem to involve more time, at least of the things that I know.
Hillarysusanofstohelit on February 16th, 2004 12:20 pm (UTC)
the if worst comes to worst solutions is that they cost $7 at athletic type stores, which I know is well within your current budget. :-P

also, you can use our dishwasher if you want. I may be home soon, since I feel sick and am (astonishingly) more or less out of work.
Jennyguipago on February 16th, 2004 01:22 pm (UTC)
It usually works best if you put HOT water and some sort of soap into the bottle and let it sit for a few hours. Wash, rinse, repeat. After that the smell should be a little less, and what I've noticed is that the more you use your bottle the faster the smell goes away.

Particularly after you put some sort of juice in there and drink up. :P