Claim: Lemon juice dissolves plastic in plastic bottlesWatch
Today one of my chemistry teachers (a PhD so adequately educated but a bit crazy!) mentioned to a mate as we were leaving not to squeeze lemon juice into his plastic water bottle as it will dissolve some of the 'plastic' into the water/juice solution.
This puzzled me and I don't know if there is any truth in it - if it is true, what does the highly diluted lemon juice dissolve, units from the polymer chains which make up the plastic? Surely it cannot be breaking apart C-H bonds to move hydrocarbons into the drink... can it?
However, I doubt that a squeeze of lemon juice will be sufficient to cause that.