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Assuming they're just plain glass (not leaded glass or painted) they should be fine as long as you remove all the wax and wash them thoroughly first. Plain glass is always food safe. In fact, it's so widely accepted as food safe that I can't find good sources saying so. Just make sure the washing is thorough using hot water and a strong detergent since ...


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I agree with the answers on cleaning and the type of bottle/cork/lid. Another thing you should consider is that residue from your saliva may be what smells bad. Try leaving the freshly-cleaned bottle filled with your usual water out for a day without drinking from it and see if there is any odor, in which case it might be your water source. Then try ...


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Plastic bottles work just fine. When buying sparkling water (I'm German), they come in plastic bottles and never get this taste of old shoe soles, and I haven't had any problems with bacteria either. In your case, the cork could be a problem, as was pointed out before. I personally have made the experience that water in steel bottles always tastes a bit ...


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