- Cleaning water bottles/bladders, how often?
I have just sipped from a water bottle that was on my 29erSS (that was last ridden the weekend before last) The water bottle on it had the remains of SIS Gunk in it (3/4 full) and I’ve just taken a sip out of it.
I expect death as the only outcome.
Whats the longest time you’ve left water in a bottle bladder then taken a sip?
How often do you clean bottles/bladders?
Ever just left the stuff in them and ridden out the following day on the same water?
I’m adding to this to say that I don’t normally do this type of thing, just this sip I’ve just taken was rank..Posted 7 years agoneninjaMember
Usually every couple of weeks it gets a sterilizing tablet (if I remember).
Found a 3 litre one I forgot I had in the garage the other day that still had sports drink in from last Summer. After a Milton tablet, diluted bleach, boiling water and washing up liquid it still has an internal coating of mouldy stuff. One for the bin.Posted 7 years agoturboferretSubscriber
Bottles get rinsed immediately after riding, filled with water and stored in the fridge ready for the next outing.
Camelback gets a rinse after riding, then chucked in the freezer empty.
When I forget to rinse the bladder and it sits festering for a while I run some boiling water through it.
Cheers, RichPosted 7 years agobutcherMember
Not cleaned my bladder since I bought it about 2 years ago. It does go in the freezer when I remember, and risned out before a ride.
I only ever put water in though. Used to put various stuff in water bottles until one day, even after a good hardy rinse out, I discovered large chunks of green mould floating about. And I had already drank half of it.Posted 7 years ago
I’m actually still alive (of course I am, I’m typing) so not dead yet. Though I have been feeling a little odd.
Thing is, I swigged from the bottle, as it stood on my desk post swig I could see all these floaty things in it, a bit like seaweed, bit like small lumps of…slime. SO I washed the bottle and filled it with clean water. I’ve been drinking form it all morning.
Thing is though I normally stick all my bottles through the dishwasher post every ride, I’ve loads so rotate them on use, but for some reason I’ve been really rather lax lately..
Oh well, I’m out riding later, will fill with clean water again and in this heat drink the lot within the hour.
I don’t have a camelbak thingummmybob.Posted 7 years ago
Rinse it and stick it in the freezer after every outing, mainly because mrs peterfile always says it “tastes rank” if I don’t 🙂
As a student, with a hangover from hell and unable to move from my bed, I once reached out of bed and drank the water from the 10 year old iron I’d picked up at a car boot sale at the start of term.
Some interesting flaky bits went down my throat with the few ml of water, but that iron possibly saved my life 🙂Posted 7 years agocookeaaSubscriber
I’ve got one of those bladders that use a fold over/sliding clip closure so you can open up the whole top of it and empty it out properly, and give it a good scrub, I often hang it out on the line to dry out too, leaving a bit of moisture in them is the best way to ensure mold and bugs… I do mean a hydration pack bladder, not my built in Humans wee sack by the way…
Bottles I tend to clean out straight after a ride awith a bottle brush and stick straight on the draining board, they don’t last that long really given the bashing they take and all the exposure to UV so most of them get binned within 8-12 months give or take…Posted 7 years ago
Clean every ride plus Boots equivalent of Milton every three. We wash plates and glasses after meals, why not bottles covered in mud in bladders?
I wonder if we could merge the “Why bother washing your hands after a crap” and “Why ever bother to wash something you drink out of” threads? I suspect there might be some sort of correlation in the views 🙂
*cue the bacteria brigade to start calling me a scaredy pants for washing my hands and dishes* 😉Posted 7 years agojohnnersMember
I wonder if we could merge the “Why bother washing your hands after a crap” and “Why ever bother to wash something you drink out of” threads? I suspect there might be some sort of correlation in the views
Always wash my hands after wiping my arse.
Have never washed the bladder of my camelbak.
If contamination with faecal bacteria is a likely outcome you’re using your camelbak incorrectly.Posted 7 years ago
I raised the question because I don’t normally leave bottles 3/4’s full for a few weeks then drink right on out of them.. It was odd behaviour and thankfully I didn’t pay the price too dearly due in part to the fact that as I swigged I noticed floating bits.. Just wondered if other folks kinda do the same on occasion like.Posted 7 years ago
I am going to get a camelbackthingummybob, not decided which one yet, noooo I’ll not create a thread “which bladder pack” I guess there are zillions of them already on here. I’ll go for something with 2Ltrs and a separate section for keeping a rain jacket in, simple and neat, bit like me.
Thing is.. Will I loose my XC JayBouy image if I wear one. Afterall I’m a stylish Bouy by nature.
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