Myth Buster: That Plasticy Smell

So, recently I got a new water bottle to replace my rusting "stainless steel" [they didn't say anything about rust though] water bottle in the office.


Just like me, my new water bottle was strong, sleek, clear and simplistic.





However, we did have our differences. And the biggest difference was that its insides had a very plasticy smell. Every time I opened it up to take a sip of sky juice, I was reminded of my mother's old tupperware collection.

Yucks~!


So I did a little research online, and found about 6,712,531 solutions on how to get rid of plastic smells in containers. But 1 method in particular caught my interest. And the thing is that this particular method of clearing plastic smells seem to be appearing on many different forums and discussions.


Either this one person is a die hard fan and promoter of this method, or somehow, it really works. Want to know what was the secret method?


They say if you stuff newspaper into your container and leave it for 24 hours or more, the smell would magically disappear!


It seemed so cool that I had to try it myself!


So the next day, for the first time in many years, I picked u a copy of Today newspaper while on the way to work.

Nope. This is not for my reading pleasure, but rather for my smelling pleasure.


And just before I leaving office for the day, I took the first 2 sheets from the paper, crushed them into 2 newspaper balls and stuffed them into my water bottle.


Lets let it sit for a day and see what happens...



Hmmm... The news paper suddenly became a little more tempting to read


So the next morning when I arrived in the office, I immediately took out my crushed balls and took a whiff inside my bottle. and guess what?


It smelt...


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...Like Newspaper!


Well of course it did. I don't know what else you was expecting. [Duh~]


But here's the amazing part. After I took it for a good rinse, the plasticy smell was almost non-existent! Well, if you too a long, deep breath from inside the bottle and focused very hard on your sense of smell, you might get a tiny pinch of plastic smell. But hey, that good enough for me!

No more smells!


Now let's get scientific. Why does it work?


Well, newspaper is made from recycled paper and carbon right? And if you didn't know, carbon [or as the simple-minded folks call: charcoal] is once material that is very good at absorbing impurities such as dust, water and even smells. There are even air freshers and odor eliminators made from charcoal!


So there you have it. Here's the lesson for today kids: If you have anything that has a plastic smell you want to get rid off, one cheap alternative is to just crunch up a few pages of newspaper and stuff it them there for about a day or two. Oh, and remember to keep it covered.


Myth: Newspaper can get rid of of plastic smells in containers.
Verdict: Confirmed!


Cheers to non-plastic smelling sky juice!

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