Maintaining hyration packs
Could someone tell me the best way to hygienically clean my hydration pack? Used it for several years, still tastes fine, but I wonder what greeblies I may be drinking...not a proper camel back, but has a transparent bite valve. The top (where you fill with water) is a mix of velcro fastenings, and it gets rolled shut. Thanks.
The only thing I can suggest is what not to do - I used a really mild solution of water and detol and then did a wash through. Couldn't get rid of the taste so I ditched it. Get a new one for Christmas...
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You could use a baby bottle brush and boiling water to clean it. Don't use soap because you'll struggle to get rid of the suds and taste soap for weeks after!
Sterilising tablets from the local chemist for the bladder and a brush for the pipe, you can get brushes almost everywhere that sells the bladders. Tablets leave a bit of a taste so wrinse it through a couple of times before you use it again.
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I suppose what doesn't kill you makes you stronger! Some germs are good for us I guess! But I know what you mean -you can't help but wonder what little creatures you might be ingesting.
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Watre bottles start tasting funny too when not washed so your water might start tasting better too
it takes me ages to clean my camelbak, that little tricky pipe is the hard one to clean!
I have exactly the same problem haha. It's really annoying isn't it. I got a pipe cleaner thing and also some tablets which help get rid of bacteria. The water tube always used to come off my bag strap and go in the mud when I sat down on the ground. That was really annoying and unclean haha
Are they water purification tablets? Or something different? Shows how much I know haha.
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I'm not sure either
yes they're like water purification tablets :) you can get the in blacks outdoor store and also millets
But they're not the sort of tablets you would put in water to clean it, and then drink it?
I'm not sure, never used one
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