I used to be really good about keeping my hydration bladders clean. Then I got lazy – very lazy. When I went to re-fill my Nalgene bladder yesterday I noticed a lot of black mold inside – yuck! 😦
So I tried my “hard to clean area trick” and used rice + warm water + soap+agitation. It actually worked pretty well in the main compartment then I noticed the mold was all over the drinking tube as well – double yuck.
I remembered I had two of these bladders so I went and grabbed #2. And to my horror it was contaminated with mold as well.
Time to buy a new bladder. Lesson learned.
Here is how I have kept bladders clean in the past:
- after each use rinse with clean tap water and let water drain through hose to rinse it
- store in freezer between uses
It’s a simple and effective way to keep your bladder 100% clean.
I just have to stop being lazy and take care of my gear!
PS – I have bleached bladders in the past to kill mold. It worked on the killing side of things, but I could taste the bleach for months afterwards. Gaaacckk!