yeah so i came across a 3L camelbak bladder the other day that ive been looking for for a while. anyway, it has the ever so popular mold smell that seems to inhabit every surplus shop ive ever been in.
does anybody know how to clean a bladder out without dropping a $50 on the "camelbak drying rack and assorted cleaning... stuff?"
I use that coat hanger dry thing. Works real well, no problems with it. Most of my friends who have a camelbak simply abuse it by not drying it out, or disinfecting the mouthpiece with some kind of soap, toothpaste, or listerine.
Edit: to clean the mold out of it, I'd have to use a low concentration bleach. You don't want to degrade the plastic, and of course, rinse well.
Last edited by vinny_121_ND; 01-09-2008 at 09:02 PM.
We ahd a S***load of camelbak cleaning kits show up at our Q Store. The Store Creatures were just handing them out all willy nilly, no records of who did or didnt get one. Pretty much the whole Bn had one each, but every time you'd call pass the Q they'd ask if you had one and sure enough everyone would say "NO". Needless to say alot of the little cammed carry bags they come with are being used for holding other crap and I've seen a few of the brushes added to weapon cleaning kits!
I use bleach and hot water. let it soak overnight, then rinse it a gazillion times. Tastes funny but wont ya wont get sick. Might get cancer in a few years but hell, who isnt.
I tried alcohol with mine (methylated spirits and rum), didnt work as well as bleach. But if im in a rush, I will run some form of alcohol through just to kill the bacteria. Dont look good but works (i.e. still may look dirty or dare i say mould ridden).
After reading the posts, denture cleaning tablets may be the go.
You can remove the tube and blow out the water from the tube to allow better drying. Also, sort of off topic, you can buy the Source tube insulator for 7 dollars which normally runs for 50 dollars from camelbak. http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...=1200012318341