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Old 06-15-13, 02:10 PM   #1
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Old Water in Camelbak...

...per the title, apparently I left a 3 liter camelbak about half full, for over a year. I didn't see anything growing inside the bladder and I have cleaned it with vinegar water. I turned the thing inside out and rinsed it well. What else should I do? I'm not afraid of bleach but would rather not muck about with it. What about dish soap?

Any ideas are welcome.

/note: it currently passes the sniff test and the visual test too.
// - yes, I know I should take better care of my stuff.
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Old 06-15-13, 02:15 PM   #2
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try baking soda

I'm surprised that you didn't post this in the C&V forum . . .
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Old 06-15-13, 02:25 PM   #3
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If I need to post it elsewhere, I can do that. Thanks for the baking soda tip.
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Rubbing alcohol or peroxide will take care of residual bacteria; a mix of baking soda and water will clean it further, and ready it for use.
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They make cleaning tablets for the bladders, though cleaning it with vinegar probably worked fine.

http://www.amazon.com/Camelbak-Clean.../dp/B0019DAQG0
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honestly, everytime i use my camel bak , it has residual water in it, from anywhere from a few drops to maybe half a bottle, im really lazy when it comes to post ride clean up/maintenance, ive usually just dumped it out and refilled after a sniff test, i think the bladder is made out of some material that inhibits bacterial growth, i wouldn't worry about it, all the options listed are probably fine... in the end you probably get more germs from just being in a public rest room
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Do you have an immune system? If so, you'd good to go.
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The only extra thing I could possibly suggest is to make sure there's no inner film of ''slime'' inside the bladder.

There are these things called biofilms that form and are incredibly difficult to kill (it happens in hospitals to IV lines, wounds etc)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biofilm
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The only extra thing I could possibly suggest is to make sure there's no inner film of ''slime'' inside the bladder.

There are these things called biofilms that form and are incredibly difficult to kill (it happens in hospitals to IV lines, wounds etc)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biofilm
Biofilms sound quite alarming. I ran my had over the inner surface and it didn't feel slimey. Still, I think I might just get out the bleach and go that route after all. As long its rinsed well, it should be fine.
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Biofilms are ubiquitous. You feel them all the time and you have them in and on your body. Every time you drink out of that thing, you are drinking bacteria. But don't be too alarmed, the same thing happens every time you drink from any glass or eat any food. The world is not sterile and bacteria have us outnumbered (they outnumber our own cells 10:1 in our own bodies). Clean your Camelbak as best you can and you'll be fine.
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