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    How to dry out a Camelbak bladder after use?

    This is something that's always bugged me. I love using the Camelbak, or hydration pack, while riding/running/other exercise. But I have the hardest time drying it out after use so mold doesn't grow (which has happened to me before). I don't have a hair drier in the house. I tried sticking in a set of salad tongs that spread open the bladder allowing it to dry, but it still takes forever to get completely dry (multiple days). I know they make a specific product marketed for this, but I can't imagine it do anything different than my salad tongs and I certainly don't want to spend the money on hype...

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    Camelbak makes a plastic dryer.


    Some people use a kitchen whisk to keep it open for drying and run a little bleach through it to kill any mold.

    I use bladders by Source Hydration that have a special plastic that is as smooth as glass and inhibits mold growth. I've left a spare bladder with water in it for months and the water doesn't go funky.

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    Yeah I've seen the product they offer. Cleaning the bladder isn't a problem as much as drying it. I don't see what that plastic wire design can do that my salad tongs aren't doing. lol In fact, the salad tongs spread the bladder WIDE open.

    Thanks for the note on Source Hydration. They make a bladder that would fit my existing pack. Might have to look into that...

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    I use a bladder which looks very similar to this Source Hydration one: http://sourceoutdoor.com/product.php?id_product=11
    I can open the whole top of the reservoir to shake out the drips, then prop it open for drying.
    The fold-closure looks different from the screw cap variety, but it seals perfectly well.

    Firebirddude, hydration packs are most popular amongst the mountain bikers here. When starting a thread like this one, you'll get the best response if you place it in the appropriate subforum, like Mountain Biking, or General Cycling Discussion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrous Bueller View Post
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    Squirt a little alcohol in there with the final rinse. Alcohol will help it dry faster, and it's also killed any remaining germs/mold.

    The salad tongs are a good idea.................

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    Squirt a little alcohol in there with the final rinse. Alcohol will help it dry faster, and it's also killed any remaining germs/mold.

    The salad tongs are a good idea.................
    I regularly use mine to consume alcohol. That seems to keep the mold problem down.
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    I tried that, but was disappointed at how little alcohol the tongs could pick up. Went back to bottles and glasses.

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    I get most of the water out then put it in the freezer.

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    I too use tongs to hold it open while aiming a mini desk fan into the mouth to dry it quicker.

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    There was a discussion of hydration at the last club meeting. One recommendation was to disinfect the bladder with 1/2 tab of Efferdent. It leaves a slight minty taste if you're using plain water, but you can't taste if you're using a hydration drink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by black_box View Post
    I get most of the water out then put it in the freezer.
    This. Also never put anything but water in it. I use my old Blackburn hanger thingee with my newer Camelbak. No problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by black_box View Post
    I get most of the water out then put it in the freezer.
    same

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    I did the denture cleaner tabs, rinsed, then into the freezer.
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