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cleaning camelbaks(10 posts)

cleaning camelbaksdinky
Aug 6, 2001 11:50 AM
I finally broke down and bought one of these things. Can't say exactly why I resisted it for so long but after nearly keeling over last week I gave in. I'm cycling in Aug. in central TX, what did I expect??? How often do they need to be cleaned? With my water bottles I rinsed them after rides (when I only had water in them) and usually only washed them 1-2 a month. If I am only putting water in the bag (ie. no gator/powerade whatnot) what is the appropriate cleaning schedule? Maybe it is just a go by the smell situation? Thanks.
A few suggestionsPaulCL
Aug 6, 2001 12:29 PM
Store the camelback in the freezer between rides. Why? Mold can't grow in freezing temps. Before putting it in the freezer, blow the liquid out of the tube and bite valve becuase freezing will mishape the bite valve causing a drip.
I occasionally rinse mine with mouthwash to keep it clean. If it gets moldy, then you will probably have to break down and buy a brush specifically for a camelback. If you keep it in the freezer, you will only have to rinse it out a few times per year to keep it clean.

Enjoy it. Personally, I only use one on VERY hot days or rides that might require more than two bottles. The advantage is that with a camelback (aeroback model) I drink more, therefore, ride better. Paul
Aug 6, 2001 12:40 PM
I was thinking about the freezer thing. It seemed to make sense. I really didn't want to invest in the special camelbak cleaning stuff. It just seemed silly and I already feel like I have maxxed out my cycle budget for the year.
I thought of them as sort of poserish but after riding with it for a week now, I don't care. My riding has changed drastically now that I am better hydrated and I was foolish to think that two bottles in 90-100 heat with 80% humidity was going to sustain me for my usual 1.5 hr. ride. Sometimes the most obvious things are so hard to see.........? Thanks.
I Drink Gatorade....Len J
Aug 6, 2001 12:56 PM
from my Camelback & rinse it out immediatly after riding with Hot water, Rollup a paper towel and stuff it inside & then let it air dry. I also take the nozzle off the end of the tube to insure air circulation. About once a month, I will souak it in Vinigar & Hot water to kill any possibility of mold. Other than that I'm good to go.
and side effectsTi
Aug 6, 2001 1:12 PM
from the viniger?
and side effectsLen J
Aug 7, 2001 3:38 AM
No none. I just soak it overnight and then rinse it out with hot water and air dry it. I've had one now for about 4 years with no buildup at all.

re: cleaning camelbakscoonass
Aug 6, 2001 5:02 PM
I only ride on Tues/Thurs/Sunday, so when I return home, I rinse it out a couple of times with fresh water; then add several drops of chlorox,fill to about 1/2 then I shake the bladder vigorously. Place cap on bladder and press down on the bag, then squeeze the mouth piece....this cleans (??) the tube. Then I open the bladder and shake out all the water (blow on the mouth piece to remove water in the tube). Before I ride again, I just rinse out the bladder (& tube) with fresh water and commence to fill bladder with my 'witch's brew'....
re: cleaning camelbaksMerost
Aug 6, 2001 10:14 PM
If I use mine on a daily basis then I will just rinse it out with hot tap water. When you rub your finger on the inside of the blatter and it feels somewhat slimey, that is a good indicator that it needs to be cleaned with soap, etc. If I leave it set for several days without using it, with water still in it, then I will put a "small" amount of dish soap in it and hot water. Run the soapy water through the tube and mouthpiece. Rinse is out real good before you use it (to prevent soapy taste). On a monthy basis, it is a good idea to clean it out using a "small" amount of bleach in a full blatter of hot water. Bleach will kill everything. Just rinse it out good.
Avoid using anything other than water in your blatter. If you use and sugary drink (every sports drink), bacteria and mold will grow very fast unless you clean it right away with soap or bleach. Save your bottles for the Gatorade.

Merost in AZ
use denture cleanerUncleMoe
Aug 7, 2001 7:20 AM
A guy at a LBS told me a good trick a few years ago. I've tried it, its simple, and it works well. GO buy some Denture Cleaner tablets (the kind you drop in water and they fizz like Alka Seltzer. Fill upi the Camelback bladder, drop in two tablets, shake it up and let it sit overnight. Just rinse out the next morning and voila.

Works well and its easy.
re: cleaning camelbaksmr tornado head
Aug 7, 2001 4:25 PM
I don't use mine all the time, but I usually rinse it out after the ride, and then before I use it again I use hot water & baking powder (about 2 table spoons for a 70 oz. bladder) with some rice and shake shake shake.

I did get some mold in mine recently (gotta remember the freezer trick) and shook it with double the amount of baking powder, then rinsed it out and used some bleach. That seemed to take care of it.