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Old 02-02-11, 03:49 PM
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cleaning a camel pack

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i got done with my tour last year, and left the country for school right after. I never had time to clean my camel pack.


right now its smells of sweat and totally dirty.


whats the best way to clean this pack? wash it by hand. throw it in the washer?


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Hello!

i got done with my tour last year, and left the country for school right after. I never had time to clean my camel pack.


right now its smells of sweat and totally dirty.


whats the best way to clean this pack? wash it by hand. throw it in the washer?


Thanks
The washer works. It can get twisted up with other stuff so plan accordingly.
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ya that is what I thinking. I will probably buckle and twist the straps so they wont get attached to anything while its spinning around (or at least minimize the chance)
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To keep it fresh from use to use, empty the bladder. Put a little splash of vodka (not the good stuff you keep in your liquor cabinet, buy a cheap bottle and keep it just for this use) in the bladder, shake it up, and throw it in the freezer. It'll store indefinitely. When you are ready to use again, just rinse the vodka out with water and be on your way.
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I think Camelback have "special" cleaning tablets with their monogram. They cost a dollar per tablet.

I have found that denture tablets are much cheaper and I assume just as effective.

Dissolve 2 or 3 tablets in 2 cups of water and pour it into the camelback. Squeeze all the air out and close it tight.

Lay the camelback flat so that the water with the cleaner is touching the whole inside. Leave it for 24 hours.
Then rinse it out with clean water.

This works wonderfully well taking the coffee stains out of a steel thermos. Should work on a camelback.
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My wife has a bunch of zippered bags made from some sort of netting that she uses to wash stuff that might get all tangled up. You could try that, or just put the pack in by itself. Shouldn't be a big deal. I think I washed mine once after 5 or so years of use and it looked brand new.
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let me rephrase, i referring to the backpack part. not the camel pack bladder.
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My wife has a bunch of zippered bags made from some sort of netting that she uses to wash stuff that might get all tangled up. You could try that, or just put the pack in by itself. Shouldn't be a big deal. I think I washed mine once after 5 or so years of use and it looked brand new.
Good call. A Lingerie bag would go a long ways to keep anything on the bag from snagging other stuff.
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