My water jug has a funny taste.
May 30, 2009 6:04 AM Subscribe
The water in my #7 plastic polycarbonate 5-gallon jug is starting to taste funny. Also a bonus BPA question.
posted by zeek321 to food & drink (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I completely empty and refill my 5-gallon jug every 1-2 weeks. (When drinking or cooking, I don't have a dispenser or anything--I pour directly from the jug.) I wash the inside of the jug every 1-2 weeks. I do this by filling it partially full with hot water, adding a squirt of dish soap, shaking madly, emptying completely, partially refilling, shaking madly, and repeating until there seems to be no soap residue or suds left.
Why the funny taste that wasn't there before? Is there a better way to clean this thing? I've had it maybe six months, and the taste started a few weeks ago. The water source (Whole Foods reverse osmosis) has been the same. The taste isn't horrible, just noticeable. It's an "un-fresh" taste...
Bonus question: Is this thing leaching BPA into my body? Is there a better 5-gallon container out there? (Getting multiple smaller containers or any kind of home/tap/pitcher water filter are not options right now.)