Does the drink from your stainless steel bottle taste metallic and sharp? Find out what you can do about it
Q: How do I get rid of the metallic taste from my stainless steel water bottle?
Lingering metallic taste and smell is a common complaint by those who use water bottles that are made of stainless steel, especially new users.
When you got a new bottle, or you have an existing one, try the method below to see if it helps:
- Wash your stainless steel water bottle thoroughly with water, some mild soap, plus 1 teaspoon of baking soda.
- You may even want to soak the bottle overnight with water and the same amount of baking soda.
If the cap on your bottle is made of stainless steel, switching to a BPA-free plastic sports cap may help to reduce the perceived metallic taste and odor.
Note that the taste and smell of water in a stainless steel bottle is quite different from that of plastic bottle. Plastic is used so extensively in our lives that most of us have adapted to it over time. Likewise, users of stainless steel bottle, especially first timers, would also take some time to adapt to the peculiar taste and smell of steel.
But the good thing is, unlike certain plastic, stainless steel does not leach harmful chemicals into the water.
If after trying all these ways and you are still unhappy with the metallic scent and taste from your stainless steel bottle, then perhaps you should return your bottle back to where you bought it from and ask for your money back.
When it comes to taste and smell, every individual's sensitivity is different. There's no right or wrong. So, if the metallic taste really bothers you, then there's no reason why you should put up with it, no matter how good the bottle may be.