Great tip with the 3mm rope, Using any Denture cleaner will keep the bladder clean also, buy the house brand and use them after use - Fast & easy and NO after taste / As for Drying the Bladder, I use 2 paper towels stuffed in the mouth opening and turn it upside down, what ever water is left is collected by the papper towels and the rest is air dried
I guess not everyone can have small, girl, hands like me. I'm able to get my hand into the camelbak and scrub, and then use paper towels to get to the hard-to-reach places within the bladder. Thanks for the tube tips.
Another solution - stop using the Gatorade mixes and just use water. I use dish soap and hot water to clean mine, and as long as I gets completely dry it shouldn't be a problem, at least it hasn't yet.
You apparently did not have to pay for your cleaner kit? Last time I checked the kit was $19.95, an exorbitant price for what it is. I did find the tube brush at Wal-Mart for $2.95. I then made my "spreader" out of a plastic clothes hanger. Simply cut out one section of the hangar from below the stem to the flat bar, wrap the ends with duct tape.
Perhaps you also do not have a wife. Mine, who camps with me, would never let me take up that much space in our freezer with a flappy hydration bladder.
To clean the tube I use a 3mm rope, 5ft long, and run it through the tube. Once the rope peaks out at both ends, I make a knot and pull that through, together with some soap water. The knot should be somewhat bigger than the inner diameter of the tube. Since the tube is flexible, the knot will rub off all dirt.
To dry the bag, I turn it inside out.
i love the freezer trick
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