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Through use, your Camelbak Hydration System will gather debris and become dirty.  The accumulation of this debris can cause mold and can cause sickness.  These instructions will guide you through the simple process of cleaning your Camelbak in no more than 10 minutes.   

Required Materials

- Camelbak Backpack
- Camelbak Bladder
- Bleach (Always be cuatious when using bleach and read all instructions and warnings)
- Measuring Cup
- 1/8th Teaspoon
 
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Step 1: Bladder seperation

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Remove Camelbak Bladder from Camelbak Backpack

Step 3: Obtain water

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Fill measuring cup with two cups of cold water. 

Step 4: Add bleach

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Add 1/8th teaspoon of bleach to the two cups of cold water.  This bleach to water ratio may change depending on the concentration of your bleach.

CAUTION: ONLY USE BLEACH IN WELL-VENTILATED AREAS 

Step 5: Add solution

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Pour the water-bleach solution into the Camelbak bladder being careful not to get any of the solution on any exposed skin. 

Step 6: Close up bladder

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Screw the cap back onto the Camelbak bladder.

Step 7: Agitation

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Shake the Camelbak bladder vigorously, making sure to coat every inside surface with the solution. 

Step 8: Drain

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Pinch the nozzle of the Camelbak bladder being sure to allow all of the liquid to drain from the bladder.

Step 9: Rinse

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Fill the bladder once more, this time with two cups of water only!  

Step 10: Shake

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Shake the Camelbak bladder vigorously, making sure to rinse every inside surface.

Step 11: Drain

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Pinch the nozzle of the Camelbak bladder being sure to allow all of the liquid to drain from the bladder.

Step 12: Dis-assembly

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Remove the mouthpiece from the end of the hose and unscrew the cap.

Step 13: Re-assembly

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Allow the bladder to completely dry before reattaching the mouthpiece and screwing the cap on.  

Step 14: Finish!

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Reinsert the Camelbak Bladder into the Camelbak Backpack.

Congratulations!  You have successfully cleaned your Camelbak Hydration System and it is ready for use. 

Troubleshooting:
Throughout the cleaning process you may run into issues with removing the plastic mouth piece or bladder cap.  In both cases, typically the only thing required to help dislodge the components is to apply a greater amount of force.  
wakojako1 year ago
As long as you only put water in your Camelbak you don't need to clean it. After each use, just give it a rinse and stick it in the freezer. It's worked for me for years.
fzumrk1 year ago
I use my beer brewing sanitizer to clean mine. You do not need to rinse it and it will not add any taste to the water. http://www.amazon.com/Star-San--32-oz/dp/B0064O7YFA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365681072&sr=8-1&keywords=star+san
I used to put my in the freezer but my water started tasting of oven chips!
I used miltons too, run some of the fluid through the bite valve too, i like to fill my camelbak up with ice cubes on a hot day, keeps your back cool too
Great Instructable, now I've no excuse not to go for a run.

Is Milton (ie., for cleaning baby's dummies etc.,) just as good as bleach?
crockrohr (author)  Scarface Claw1 year ago
Scarface Claw,

Milton would be a good substitute for bleach! It has germ killing properties like bleach and does not require as much caution as when using bleach.
This is a better way to clean out the pack than I was using - I was using baking soda and water, and it took forever to get the residue of the baking soda out. Thanks for the great post.