- Cleaning your Camelpak
If the hose is more black than blue, I’d say bin it and buy a new one! I tend to occasionally drop a baby bottle sterilising table in there, fill with water and leave for a few hours, then give it a good rinse through. I also only ever put water in mine and when there’s room, I store them in the fridge.Posted 9 years agomlMember
Seconded on the Milton washing — much cheaper than the Camelbak stuff, although be sure to rinse it well, otherwise it can taste a bit funny.
If the hose is black, take it off the bladder, and stick something through it. I’ve got a long, thin brush that gets rid of all the gunk. That seems a better idea to me than replacing the tube, ‘cos once you have a brush you can clean the tube after each use instead of letting gunk build up again.Posted 9 years agospacecadettMember
I have a good tip –Posted 9 years ago
I clean my camelbak with warm water as soon as I get back from a ride and whilst it is not in use, keep the bladder and hose in the freezer. When I need it again I run the bladder under warm water for 30 seconds and it’s ready to use again.
Hope this helps.midlifecrashesSubscriber
Separate the hose from the bag, stick it in hot water to soften it. Then get some regular kitchen/parcel string and feed it through. Tie a chunky knot, just bigger than the hose inner diameter and pull it back through, works better than the long skinny brushes you can buy. Frightening how much gunk comes out.Posted 9 years agostumpy01Member
+1 for sticking it in the freezer. Just empty whatever’s left in it (includung the tube) fill with fresh water, slosh it round and run some through the tube. Repeat a couple of times, then empty out as best as you can and lob it in the freezer.
Just remember to remove it in enough time to let it warm up (the tube is very brittle when frozen) or as above run it under the warm tap 30 secs or so to get some flex back into it.
Oh and I sterilise it every 4 uses or so as well.Posted 9 years agodave_aberMember
ooer. I’ve never cleaned mine. It hangs up in the rucsack next to my bike, and I top it up from the garden hose or Devs’ sink when I’m heading out. Hose looks OK, no visible gunk. Sometimes it’s left with water in it, sometimes empty. It hangs there for 2 weeks whilst I’m offshore, then gets drunk again when I’m home (much like myself!). Only ever has water in it though.Posted 9 years agoturboferretSubscriber
I am incredibly badly disciplined about storing of my Camelbak, so it’s always half full of gunk when I come to need it.
I empty the bladder, and pour a full kettle of boiling water into it, letting it run out of the hose.
Major potential for horrible burns, but works OK, what it doesn’t physically clean off, it’ll kill, and I’m still alive 🙂
Cheers, RichPosted 9 years agoelaine anneMember
i use milton or a cheaper version of it at the local supermarket…. i swish my water carrier with the solution and pour the rest into blue tube , tie tube together and stand it overnite ! nice n clean and dterilised next morning. i do this after every ride !!!!
if yours is black ( sorry but thats bad… if it wont come clean then id bin it and get a new one ! then clean the new one regularly !Posted 9 years agothepodgeMember
i’ve left mine till its smelt funny then washed it out with washing up soap and warm water. just remember to rinse it a allot.
on the rare occasions that i do remember to empty it when i get back i rinse it out good then blow it up and pop it back in the rucksack, that way the sides don’t touch and get mankey.
i might pop a few denture / millton tabs in there this weekend though. just to be on the safe sidePosted 9 years agoSpongebobMember
Use a pipe cleaner on a straightened coat hanger to clean the tube.
Empty out the bladder (and rinse if you used additives). Leave the bladder out of the pack and with the lid off so it dries out. You can stuff a tea towel inside, but i don’t bother now.
I use bicarbonate of soda disolved in hot water from tome to time to get rid of the funny taste.
My Camelbak bladder is at lead 5 yrs old, still has that Camelbak tinge about it which has been there from day one. It used to be a lot worse. Yuck!
Source/Vagabond make good quality bladders that have no taste at all.Posted 9 years agomastiles_fanylionMember
Milton, end of thread. No need to faff about with the freezer.
Surely using Milton is more faff than bunging it in the freezer?
Mine is always in the freezer and I wash it occasionally with the denture tablets – own brand Co-op ones cost next to nothing too.
Parts of my expensive CamelBac cleaning kit are now only used to baste pastries when baking….Posted 9 years ago
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