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I've seen various suggestions as to how to remove the nasty plastic taste but it still seems to be the overriding taste. I've tried bleach, vinegar, lemon juice, water purification tablets, bicarb. I'm almost at the point of giving up and assuming that I'm ingesting carcinogenic chemicals. It isn't branded like camel-back etc.

If anyone has any other suggestions I'm all ears.

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How long have you had the bladder? My camelback had this at first, but it passed after a few weeks of use. –  Kevin Aug 31 '10 at 11:19
    
Since your water-bladder isn't branded, I imagine it was cheaper and likely lower quality than one might expect from a CamelBak, etc. The bad taste may be the result of inferior plastic. –  Dustin Aug 31 '10 at 13:53
    
I have to agree with phsr: off-topic. –  freiheit Aug 31 '10 at 17:33
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@freiheit, @pshr, re: off-topic: I disagree. Something doesn't have to be unique to cycling to count. Wicking clothing, stretching vs. warming up, hydration: these are all common issues to many activities. –  Neil Fein Aug 31 '10 at 20:55
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@Paul: Same here, people use "Camelbak" to mean a bladder, I just want to avoid it in tags. If it becomes an issue, we'll discuss in meta. (Yeah, it's spelled without a C.) –  Neil Fein Sep 1 '10 at 13:20
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Denture cleaning tablets - they leave a nice minty taste as well. Locally we have a brand called Steradent (UK & Aus only by the looks of it) that I use to clean out bidons every once in a while to get rid of either stale or detergent tastes.

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In the US, a popular brand is PolyDent. –  Dustin Aug 31 '10 at 13:50
    
Thanks, I'm in the UK so I'll pick up some Steradent and give it a go. Otherwise the bladder is getting replaced. –  Paul Sep 1 '10 at 8:34
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