Smelly Camelback's.....

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  • YZR426

Posted February 18, 2001 - 03:57 PM


I have a camelback and have used it for ages now but I'm still yet to find a good way to store it between rides,any ideas?
I always empty it out before storage.
(I have been putting it in the freezer to stop the mold but it still smells when you use it at first.)

  • MY2000D

Posted February 18, 2001 - 04:22 PM


Originally posted by YZR426:
I have a camelback and have used it for ages now but I'm still yet to find a good way to store it between rides,any ideas?
I always empty it out before storage.
(I have been putting it in the freezer to stop the mold but it still smells when you use it at first.)

When I store my camelbak I fill it with fresh water and put it in the fridge. Change the water everyday and you shoulden't have anymore problems.

  • kmcbride

Posted February 18, 2001 - 06:20 PM


I have used a MSR fanny-back for years and always clean it with vinegar (acetic acid). It usually takes care of the mold ans subsequent mildew. Just rinse out well before filling.

  • jj

Posted February 19, 2001 - 08:02 AM


10% bleach and water. Works great. Bleach will kill just about anything.

I empty mine, shove the tube back up inside the bladder to help keep it open enough to dry. I clean it with the bleach before every ride.

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  • Tim

Posted February 19, 2001 - 09:25 AM


I try to air out my camel back bewteen rides. Just take a plastic clothes hanger and bend it down at both ends, like you would by pulling the hook part with the horizontal bottom rod. I used a propane torch to form the plastic without causing stress cracks. Then cut the long section (on the bottom) and fold them in half (also using heat). Round all the ends nicely. This should look like a "z" shape, the tensin of the plastic will hold the bag apart and it will air out. To use, just fold up, stick it in the hole and it will expand by itself. It will take a couple times to get the hang of it,but it is worth it. You can also buy a hanger made for this through Camelback. This is of course where I got the idea... When you are done at the end of the weekend, place two effernint (sp?) tablets, you know the denture cleaner tablets. Let them soak for an hour with the water badder half full, swish it around once in a while, run some through the hose. Then rinse out good. I have also heard bleach works, but I ruined a bladder one time with too much so I won't use it again. Be very careful if using bleach. I hope this helps.

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  • aftershock

Posted February 19, 2001 - 10:58 PM


Baking Soda works great. Drop a couple of scoops in your bladder and fill with warm water shake it up and let sit for an hour or overnight if real funky. Also gets that nasty fish smell out of Tupperwere. :)

  • 4banger

Posted February 19, 2001 - 10:03 PM


I use the freezer method, but when I leave it alone after riding for a while, then notice it is moldy, I turn the bladder inside out and scrub it with hot water and soap. I also push cotton and liquid soap through the tube with a coat hanger if the tube has that nasty black stuff in it.

  • yzf

Posted February 20, 2001 - 01:28 PM


i went to a local pedal bike store and the have everthing to keep your camel back clean camel pack sells a plastic hanger make for the pack that you slide inside the pack and it holds the pack open so it can dry compleatly. they also sell thier owen cleaner and brush (looks like a pipe brush one small for the tube and one big for the pack) witch works great

  • YZR426

Posted February 20, 2001 - 02:29 PM


Thankyou too everybody that posted a reply. I'm going to try a few of these and see which works the best.
Thanx again :)

  • ToddW

Posted February 22, 2001 - 04:31 AM


I use a gun cleaning kit with swabs to clean the tube and then store in the freezer.

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