Why has the nozzle on my Camelbak bottle turned pink?

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Why has the nozzle on my Camelbak bottle turned pink?

Postby pedalsheep » 27 May 2019, 9:56am

Last year I bought 2 Camelbak Podium bottles, blue bottle and lid with a clear white nozzle. On the bottle that gets most use the nozzle has gradually turned bright pink! It is only used for water and, no, I don't wear lipstick! Has anyone else had the same issue or know what's causing it?
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Re: Why has the nozzle on my Camelbak bottle turned pink?

Postby Tinnishill » 27 May 2019, 12:43pm

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Re: Why has the nozzle on my Camelbak bottle turned pink?

Postby Audax67 » 27 May 2019, 12:48pm

Red biddy will do that.
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Re: Why has the nozzle on my Camelbak bottle turned pink?

Postby Vorpal » 27 May 2019, 1:23pm

Washing things in the dishwasher can discolour them. The colour can somewhat depend on the dishwasher and the cleaning agent that you use. Most of my plastics gradually turn orange from being washed in the dishwasher.

If you don't put them in the dishwasher, maybe you should.
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Re: Why has the nozzle on my Camelbak bottle turned pink?

Postby botty » 27 May 2019, 1:35pm

Probably this, the same cause of the pink films found in bathrooms:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serratia_marcescens

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Re: Why has the nozzle on my Camelbak bottle turned pink?

Postby PDQ Mobile » 27 May 2019, 4:54pm

Because it thinks it's a nipple? :shock:

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Re: Why has the nozzle on my Camelbak bottle turned pink?

Postby pedalsheep » 28 May 2019, 5:30pm

Hmmmm... Pink algae sounds rather disturbing I may give up using it! What puzzles me though is that I have had other Camelbak bottles that have seen a lot more use and also been used for energy drinks and have had no problems with them.

I don't own a dishwasher.
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Re: Why has the nozzle on my Camelbak bottle turned pink?

Postby NUKe » 28 May 2019, 6:21pm

Milton fluid will cure it if it’s bacterial. The stuff they use to sterilise baby bottles.fill the bottle and squirt through the teat.
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Re: Why has the nozzle on my Camelbak bottle turned pink?

Postby mercalia » 28 May 2019, 6:26pm

stop using lipstick?

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Re: Why has the nozzle on my Camelbak bottle turned pink?

Postby iandriver » 28 May 2019, 7:04pm

It's probably the sun wearing off bleaching or a normal chemical reaction. White clear plastics often discolour if outside a lot.
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Re: Why has the nozzle on my Camelbak bottle turned pink?

Postby Redvee » 29 May 2019, 1:24am

Stop drinking red wine when out on the bike :lol:

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Re: Why has the nozzle on my Camelbak bottle turned pink?

Postby RickH » 29 May 2019, 8:52am

Are you aware that you can remove the nozzle bit from the valve? It does take a bit of wiggling to get it off but makes it easier to clean out the inside when the need arises.

A vote for a soak in Milton's here too - but best to get rid of as much contamination as possible first.

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Re: Why has the nozzle on my Camelbak bottle turned pink?

Postby JohnW » 29 May 2019, 3:43pm

I think I'd change my drinking bottle!
Do you wash it after every day's use?
I've never had anything pink, but I left my water bottle on the bike once, when I put it away in the shed and it was left there for a fortnight in summer when I was on holiday - a green bloom appeared inside the bottle.
As suggested above I used Milton sterilizing tables and all was well.

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Re: Why has the nozzle on my Camelbak bottle turned pink?

Postby bogmyrtle » 29 May 2019, 10:32pm

To prevent algal growth as well as cleaning you need to let the wet surfaces dry completely between uses.
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Re: Why has the nozzle on my Camelbak bottle turned pink?

Postby JohnW » 29 May 2019, 10:40pm

bogmyrtle wrote:To prevent algal growth as well as cleaning you need to let the wet surfaces dry completely between uses.


Yup!