or Connect
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Ski Gear Discussion › hydration bladder cleaning
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

hydration bladder cleaning

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
I've used camelbak's cleaning tabs to disinfect my hyd. bladders, but I'm sure someone has a home recipe for doing this. The tabs smell like simple clorox bleach.

Anyone?
post #2 of 27
What, you don't like black scuz in your drink? If the tabs are chlorine, they'll age the bladder plastic fairly quickly, which means Camelbak will have a repeat customer. Also, that kind of plastic may give you a few xenoestrogens along with the H2O, so avoid abrasives. I go with iodine drops/tablets if there's really have an issue, after that, just plain liquid soap and water followed by complete drying. Liquid antibacterial soaps are good too. Whatever you use, let it sit in the bladder/tube for over two minutes.
post #3 of 27
Brew your own beer stores sell an disinfecting agent that will sanitize anything. Note: you cannot sterilize, but you can sanitize before you fill, and after use.....
post #4 of 27
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by BigE View Post
Brew your own beer stores sell an disinfecting agent that will sanitize anything. Note: you cannot sterilize, but you can sanitize before you fill, and after use.....
This may be the same stuff I use when wine making. In fact I thought about using it, but wasn't sure how it would react with the bladder.

It says: Contains Percarbonates

Sodium Percarbonate is a white crystalline water-soluble chemical compound of sodium carbonate and hydrogen peroxide. It is an oxidizing agent and ingredient in a number of home and laundry cleaning products. Despite the name it is in fact a carbonate perhydrate. Dissolved in water, it releases H2O2 and soda ash (sodium carbonate):

Sodium percarbonate is the active ingredient in many powdered oxygen bleach products
post #5 of 27
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iodophor

http://www.hoptech.com/cart/cart.php...egory_ id=269

But DO rinse it when you are done, and do not exceed the recommended strength -- there is no point. It leaves no residue. When I was brewing, I made up a batch, 1 Gallon in size, to wash out carboys etc. You don't need a lot, but you do need contact time.

Then I would rinse with water anyway to ensure that the beer would be unaffected. (More psychological than anything.)



It will probably yellow your bladder
post #6 of 27
yes true on the brew stuff.

But the way I look at it, and I've done a fair amount of homebrewing fwiw, plastic has a limited life span, because of scratches for one. At some point, you just throw it away and get another - they're not all that expensive.

Of course cleaning before you store it away helps, although maybe not with the condensation issue from heat/cool cycles.
post #7 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by ct55 View Post
But the way I look at it, and I've done a fair amount of homebrewing fwiw,
The best beeer I've ever had was homebrewed. But then I gave it my best shot: I have a lagering fridge and filter from keg to keg - three passes for truly bright beer.

Czech pilsner Sierra Pale Ale and some "seat of your pants" IPA's with lots of grain and hops, not just a cheepo malt extract mix.....

Home brewing is the best.
post #8 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by BigE View Post
The best beeer I've ever had was homebrewed. But then I gave it my best shot: I have a lagering fridge and filter from keg to keg - three passes for truly bright beer.

Czech pilsner Sierra Pale Ale and some "seat of your pants" IPA's with lots of grain and hops, not just a cheepo malt extract mix.....

Home brewing is the best.
Spoken like a true Canadian
post #9 of 27
I just use the sterilising tablets for babies bottles. Seems to work fine.
post #10 of 27
You're supposed to clean those?
post #11 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by trekchick View Post
You're supposed to clean those?
LOL.

Uh, I rinse mine out now and again? No brain eating amoeba yet...
post #12 of 27
Nope, innumerable scientific studies show that it's better never to clean baby bottles. Gives their little immune systems a workout...
post #13 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by Garrett View Post
LOL.

Uh, I rinse mine out now and again? No brain eating amoeba yet...
Actually I rinse mine out thoroughly each time I use it and make sure it dries out completely. I have used a mild detergent a few times but thought it left an aftertaste. Yaaack!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by beyond View Post
Nope, innumerable scientific studies show that it's better never to clean baby bottles. Gives their little immune systems a workout...
.............a little bacteria good for the system?
post #14 of 27
Thread Starter 
I don't remember baby bottles. Seems like they've always had a McDonalds Straw in their mouth.
post #15 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by beyond View Post
Nope, innumerable scientific studies show that it's better never to clean baby bottles. Gives their little immune systems a workout...
Is that actually true? If it is that is awesome.
post #16 of 27
Not true.
post #17 of 27
Bah. That sucks.

Still, I just rinse the thing out and dry it when I'm done. Not dead. Yet.
post #18 of 27
I just rinse, let clean water drain out the tube, rinse the mouth piece and let it dry well. Have been doing it this way for 3 years, no festering mouth disease yet!
.
post #19 of 27
I just threw up a little in my mouth:
post #20 of 27
I just kept mine in the freezer. Rinsed it out, put in a big ziplock and threw it in the freezer til the next time I used it. Washed it maybe once or twice a year.
post #21 of 27
I used to use vinegar in my trailer's water tank. 1 cup for 10 gallons. Let it sit for a few hours, dump the tank, rinse it out, and you're good.
post #22 of 27
Alka-seltzer
post #23 of 27
We use baby sterilizing fluid too and give it a good rinse out afterwards.

To dry, we hang them upside down on a wire coat hanger with one end of a rolled-up piece of kitchen towel stuffed inside right down into the bottom and the other end hanging outside. This helps keep the two sides apart and, remarkably, while sufficient water remains inside, it also acts as a siphon. The final drops are removed by evaporation from the towel.
post #24 of 27
Camelbak sells a special hanger that keeps the bladder open allowing air to reach all the corners of the bladder ensuring that it gets completely dry.
post #25 of 27
On a ski trip to Japan 2 years ago a fellow lodge occupant spent 6 days of a 2 week holiday in bed with a nasty gastric complaint blamed by the Dr on a dirty camelbak. Sticking to the lovely local beer may have avoided the incident.
post #26 of 27
Like Learn2Turn, I just put mine in the freezer before using it....seems to work ok....as far as I can tell...it works better than any other methods I had tried before...
post #27 of 27
Freezer eh. Pretty solid idea.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Ski Gear Discussion
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Ski Gear Discussion › hydration bladder cleaning