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    cleaning pads

    sorry if this has been brought up a lot, i googled but just wanted to see if anyone had any good remedies. i read about hot water and vinegar. how well does that work? i have done the wash vital posted with some detergent and mouth wash on my knee pads and that worked okay but they were still a little funky. also my camelpak reeks, can i remove the bladder and hose and throw that in with my knee pads? thanks!

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    I throw my Camelbak in the washing machine from time to time. Hasn't hurt it yet.

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    I wash my pads and hydration pack both in the washer, have for years with no ill effects. Make sure to fully attach all velcro straps so they won't hook on each other and shorten all the pack straps as much as possible. You also have to have a front loader washer or the pads will just float on top and not get clean.

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    just an update, water and axe body wash seemed to work good. filled a 5 gallon pale and put in 1 good squirt of wash. worked it in to my pads and camelpak with my hands for about a minute and then let it sit for around half a hour. pulled it out, rinsed it off real good, and hung it outside to dry. the initial sniff test was good, to my surprise my stuff had almost no smell, certainly no strong axe smell, just a good clean scent.

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    Yeah, that's a good idea. I usually soak mine first before wash, if not I'd ended up washing them twice because there's still a lot of dirt. I've not try Axe but it's sound like a good alternative to detergents.

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    I wash my bike gear with regular unscented Tide at half the recommended amount than regular clothes AND add a scoop or two of Oxy Clean. For really muddy/dirty stuff, I soak them in a tub of water Oxy Clean solution before throwing in the washing machine.
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    The key is to kill the bacteria that cause the smell. Add Borax to the wash, and put vinegar in the fabric softener port. They are both natural bacteria killers.

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    CamelBak products are warranted for LIFE.

    Vinegar will cut grease and kill bacteria -- fairly benign to fabrics. At the risk of impropriety, the trick to getting the funky out of stuff is to not let it get funky in the first place.
    Si vis pacem, para bellum.

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    lol, i dont think i can get camblebak to warrant a pack because it stinks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul View Post
    lol, i dont think i can get camblebak to warrant a pack because it stinks.

    wash it, then send it in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ranier View Post
    I wash my bike gear with regular unscented Tide at half the recommended amount than regular clothes AND add a scoop or two of Oxy Clean. For really muddy/dirty stuff, I soak them in a tub of water Oxy Clean solution before throwing in the washing machine.
    Great ideas for gear cleaning. Just don't put this stuff in the dryer, the heat is what will really mess things up.

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