Please help me clean my Camelbak!
May 29, 2012 4:23 AM Subscribe
Cleaning Camelbak's and other water reservoirs (bottles, tubing, mouth pieces, etc).
posted by dbirchum to health & fitness (5 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I use a Camelbal daily for biking and hiking (I am on my 3rd one now and I am very pleased). I am constantly looking for better and more efficient ways to clean my Camelbak. About 8 years ago, I did some research into this topic and found a product that I loved. It was called "Hydra Cleanser" made by a company called "Hydra Care" which no longer appears to be in business.
The Hydra Cleanser was a small bottle (2 fluid ounces) that boasted a "hypo-allergenic cleanser" and allowed for 40-60 cleanings. The major selling point for this was that it was made to safely clean these types of devices (Camelbak bladders, water bottles, tubes, mouth pieces, etc) that was naturally formulated with botanical extracts (contains no petroleum, no alcohol, and no lanolin). Apparently the active ingredient is/was "triclosan". Anyway, I would mix a solution with this, swish out my Camelbak bladder, tubing and mouth piece and I was good to go (and it left NO aftertaste). I thought it was great and it lasted a long time, but sadly I can no longer find it.
I have Googled ways to clean Camelbak's in the past, and used a lot of home made cleaning fixes (baking soda, a drop of bleach, liquid soap, etc etc etc). But with these, I found a lot of them left after tastes, even when thoroughly washing/rinsing afterwards.
Anyway, I am up for suggestions. What is the best way to honestly keep my Camelbak bladder clean without having a nasty aftertaste? I have used the Camelbak tablets, but found them to be expensive.
It should also be noted that I have only put water in my reservoirs (never sports drinks, etc, and I will need to buy any product online and have it shipped to Canada.
Thanks in advance!