Coffee Machine Stinkiness
January 25, 2007 4:54 PM Subscribe
Coffee Filter: I was given a small espresso machine for Christmas. How do I get rid of the "new machine" smell?
posted by ninazer0 to Home & Garden (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
It's a small Sunbeam espresso maker from the low end of the market. It works well and the results are great. I'm really happy with it. BUT the machine stinks of new plastic. In fact, the problem seems to be in the (fortunately) removable reservoir.
I've taken the reservoir out, washed it, soaked it, left it to air. Four weeks later and it still stinks of brand-new plastic. Any water left sitting in it for more than 5 minutes aquires the same smell, as does the coffee using this water. Its so strong that I can smell the plastic more than the fresh-brewed coffee.
Sunbeam's free help line is aimed more at machine operation and achieving good crema and wasn't very helpful.
What can I use to decontaminate the reservoir that won't kill it? It's the size of a squarish 1liter coke bottle and made of some clear (but slightly white) plastic.