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CamelBak for the new season

post #1 of 11
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It just so happens that I was helping MrTC get some of his dirt bike stuff around for the new season, when I stumbled upon his camelbak, which he left in his bike trailer for the winter.  My first thought it to throw it out and buy new, or donate it to science for an experiment.  This camelbak rivals any petrie dish I've ever seen. 

 

 

Have you forgotten your camelbak at season change?  

If the answer is yes, then do you

A- Throw it out

B- Donate to Science

C- Try to clean it

D-Other - Please explain.

 

 

 

post #2 of 11

 

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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

 

D-Other - Please explain.

 


Donate to "friend"/rival?

 

I just cleaned mine, but I learned log ago about putting things other than water in it. One day with Cytomax in a hot car = yuck.

post #3 of 11

vinegar and baking soda will work.

post #4 of 11

 

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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

It just so happens that I was helping MrTC get some of his dirt bike stuff around for the new season, when I stumbled upon his camelbak, which he left in his bike trailer for the winter.  My first thought it to throw it out and buy new, or donate it to science for an experiment.  This camelbak rivals any petrie dish I've ever seen. 

 

 

Have you forgotten your camelbak at season change?  

If the answer is yes, then do you

A- Throw it out

B- Donate to Science

C- Try to clean it

D-Other - Please explain.

 

 

 


I cleaned mine with vinegar, baking soda, charcoal, diluted bleach, but even though it was clean of all the gunk, I was never able to stop the water from tasting like plastic.  So to stop my thinking that I was lining my body with vinyl I sold it.

post #5 of 11

I slosh my CamelBacks out with good old Vodka every now and then.  The high test alcohol kills all the bugs.  It also leaves a pleasant after taste.

 

I once used Listerine.  Not a good idea.  Cleaned it out alright.  But the after taste. YECH!

 

If I'm storing the CamelBack for a long period of time I do the following:

  1. Clean it out
  2. Put in a few ounces of Vodka
  3. Close it up
  4. Slosh it around
  5. Make sure that the Vodka has made it all the way down the drink tube
  6. Get as much air out of the bag as possible
  7. That's it

 

When I need the CamelBack.  I run clean water through it and its ready to go.

 

I also use Vodka to clean my Sonicare Toothbrush. 

 

Now I will sit back and wait for the obvious comments to come flying my way. 

post #6 of 11

Once the gunk grows in the camel back tube it is time to toss it.  I have had success with cleaning the bladder but not the tube so the gunk keeps coming back.

 

 

To prevent the gunk empty it of all water and put the camel back bladder in a zip lock bag and store it in the freezer between uses.  The freezer prevents the gunk and having to clean the bladder and tube.  I have been doing this for the ~15 years with great results.

post #7 of 11

Bleach, Vinegar, Vodka?

 

Just fill it up and drink. He'll probably see things in vivid colors, and giggle at silly things, but it goes away in a couple hours.

 

Or you could buy one of these.

http://www.backcountry.com/store/CAM0241/CamelBak-Brush-Kit.html?CMP_ID=SH_FRO001&CMP_SKU=CAM0241&mv_pc=r126

 

They also make a bent cloths hanger thingy, that keeps the bladder open so it drys inside.

 

If you use dilute bleach or vinegar, don't soak for too long, it will disolve the seals of the bladder.

 

post #8 of 11

Most diet soft drinks are acidic enough to make good Camelbak cleaners.   

 

Done with the Cyto?  Run some diet Coke through.

post #9 of 11

 

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Originally Posted by Johnnys Zoo View Post

 

They also make a bent cloths hanger thingy, that keeps the bladder open so it drys inside.

 

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That's what I do. I usually get several years out of a bladder. Sounds like Mr. TC needs to buy a new bladder
 

post #10 of 11

 

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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post

vinegar and baking soda will work.

 

+1

 

These two ingredients are also the "greenest," both for the environment and your body. Though you may not *want* to, you can safely drink these two without any fear of creepy chemicals (bleach) or Mr TC accusing you of spiking his bladder!

 

The vinegar will kill any bacteria/fungi and the baking soda will do two things: act as a scrubber and clean the nooks and crannies, and absorb any residual nasty tastes/smells. Good as new!

post #11 of 11

 

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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

This camelbak rivals any petrie dish I've ever seen. 

  

 

Got any pics of the experiment in question? You've picqued my curiosity as to what can grow in those bladders!

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