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    Mold In Hydration Pack :( How to get rid of?

    Aloha folks!

    I kinda forgot to pour the sugary drink out of my hydration pack from last ride... and now it's full of slimy mold inside... What's best way to get rid of these mold quick and clean?

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    Diluted bleach and hot water.

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    bleach it. rinse well.

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    Ahh, thanks guys... gotta run to store to get some bleach. What's the recommended dilution ratio? 1 Bleach : 10 Water?

    Do I need to brush the interior or just let it sit there for a few min/hrs/days?
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    If you have a home brew shoppe nearby diversol works well. It's a chlorine based powder for sanitizing. Otherwise bleach works well. If you can scrub gently no harm in doing that, but my guess is soaking it will probably de sufficient. Depends on how sever the mold is.

    After you rinse it well leave it open to dry, dripping from the open end if possible. Ratio? I dunno.. Depends on the original strength. For cleaning I often dilute aprox 1:4.

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    Some scrubbing may be in order, about 20 to 1 on the bleach making sure to rinse very well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lifanus View Post
    Ahh, thanks guys... gotta run to store to get some bleach. What's the recommended dilution ratio? 1 Bleach : 10 Water?

    Do I need to brush the interior or just let it sit there for a few min/hrs/days?
    I don't get too hung up on the ratio, I just pour some bleach in and fill it up with water. I let it sit a couple of hours, all night if its really bad. You should brush it just to make sure you get everything out of there. Bleach will kill it, but if you don't brush it you may swallow some particles that didn't come out. They'll be dead and won't hurt you, but its still nasty. If there is anything in the tube you should get the brush that camelbak sells (or a similar cheaper brush) to clean out the tube. It can be hard to get it all out of the tube even with bleach.
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    Thanks for all your help, really appreciate it!
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    I have two bladders for that occasion...hot water, anti bacterial soap...brush the crap outta here and let hang...a wire hanger works well to spread the bladder to air out.

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    I wash with dish soap from time to time. Scrub with brush if needed.

    I also cut up a lemon and throw it in there with warm water and let it sit. Taste better then the factory taste.

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    Have you looked into the Geigerrig's? You can pull the bladder inside out after your ride and put it in the dishwasher. It is also pressurized. Very cool. I have the Ballistic 500.

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    Don't bother with camelbaks cleaning kit. Get a sponge, get your hand in the reservoir, and scrub. For the tubing, grab a length of boot lace or paracord, tie a couple of overhand knots in them, drizzle some dish soap into the tubing, and pull the lace/cord through. The knots should fill the balance of the tubing.

    But yeah, a capfull of bleach to the bladder of water should do you fine. Get rid of the soapy taste, too.

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    Throw it away & buy a new one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EMFC View Post
    Throw it away & buy a new one.
    This ^ ^ ^

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    How about hydrogen peroxide instead of bleach? It's cheap and plentiful around the house to treat cuts, etc.

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    Re: Mold In Hydration Pack :( How to get rid of?

    Whatever you do, don't wash it.

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    Don't bother trying to dry it after washing / bleaching; throw it in the freezer.

    Right next to the riding shorts you threw in there, still damp after washing.
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    Prevention: when you are done riding, rinse it out and toss it in the FREEZER. never molds.

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    I've been told that denture cleaning tabs work great, or baking soda!

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    fill with water

    put in a capful of bleach, shake it

    run some out the hose and feel it slippery, then you know the bleach is in the hose
    rinse off hands !

    let sit 4 hours or overnight

    drain it, fill with water, run some out the hose, repeat.
    let that sit for a few hours, rinse twice again...good to go


    if you rinse it well, then fill immediately and taste a tiny bit of bleach
    leftovers that is completely harmless...but double-rinse then a few hours
    sitting, then final rinse gets the bleach taste out


    bleach works best because it is 100% guaranteed to kill every last thing in there

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    Quote Originally Posted by gcappy View Post
    Have you looked into the Geigerrig's? You can pull the bladder inside out after your ride and put it in the dishwasher. It is also pressurized. Very cool. I have the Ballistic 500.

    Gcappy
    I gotta say it again. Check out the Giegerrig's. Pressurized and when your done riding you can turn the bladder inside out and toss it in the dish washer.

    Hydration Packs with In-line water Filters and Pack Bladders by Geigerrig

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    Giegerrig's ?

    No way in hell do I need to look like a tool drinking like this LOL
    water not even going in mouth


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    Quote Originally Posted by 127.0.0.1 View Post
    Giegerrig's ?

    No way in hell do I need to look like a tool drinking like this LOL
    water not even going in mouth

    Well you certainly don't have to spray it in your mouth! That's just advertising to show you don't have to suck on a tube when your sucking wind! Have you taken a serious look at their packs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gcappy View Post
    Well you certainly don't have to spray it in your mouth! That's just advertising to show you don't have to suck on a tube when your sucking wind! Have you taken a serious look at their packs?
    yes and I am sticking with my camelbak because it just works with no
    extra machinery or added weight to carry water and gear reliably and comfortably.
    and NO sloshing sound. Gawd that would drive me batty

    I don't want a pressurized bladder...just because something can be done doesn't mean it should be done. neat and all, but complete overkill and as I drain my camelbak I rely on it's overall profile to shrink as i drink from it.and who wants an inflated bag of air (with the associated sloshing sound) following me around ? camelbak with no air bubbles stays with no air bubble and remains silent for the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 127.0.0.1 View Post
    yes and I am sticking with my camelbak because it just works with no
    extra machinery or added weight to carry water and gear reliably and comfortably.
    and NO sloshing sound. Gawd that would drive me batty

    I don't want a pressurized bladder...just because something can be done doesn't mean it should be done. neat and all, but complete overkill and as I drain my camelbak I rely on it's overall profile to shrink as i drink from it.and who wants an inflated bag of air (with the associated sloshing sound) following me around ? camelbak with no air bubbles stays with no air bubble and remains silent for the ride.

    ymmv
    I don't know where you got the idea that they make sloshing noise as they empty as they surely do not. I own two of them in different sizes and neither one makes any noise. Any way, enjoy your riding!

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