If you love the outdoors, you probably hike, bike, camp, and generally spend a lot of time in the backcountry without running water. This means you’ve got to make sure you have plenty to take with you, plus an extra reserve just in case. A lot of outdoorsy people use a camelback for this, and it works perfectly. You can hardly tell you’re wearing it, and you don’t have to wrestle a water bottle or canteen out of your pack every time you need a drink. However, that camelback might also go several days or even a few weeks without being used. Since it’s used to hold water, this can lead to nasty odors, and even mildew or mold. Here’s are a few different ways to get — and keep — your camelback bladder clean. If you need new Camelback, you can find one here!
1. Hot Water & Dish Soap
This is probably your go-to method, but if you’re unable to get it clean this way, you can move on to different tricks. Just use a couple drops of dish soap and hot water, close and shake your bladder, then use paper towels to scrub the inside — if you can get your hand in there. A bottle brush is also an option for scrubbing.