How to Clean a Hydration Bladder




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We all hate nasty hydration bladder water. This instructable will teach you how to clean your hydration bladder after using it so it doesn't get nasty. 

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Step 1: Take It Apart

Empty all water out of it
Then take the mouth piece off, pull the hose out, etc.

Step 2: Bend the Hanger

You heard me- bend the hanger. 
Take a wire hanger and bend it into the shape seen in the picture. 

Before you use the hanger, shove a few pieces of paper towels into the opening. Move them around to get the majority of the water out.
Then use it as pictured.

Step 3: Clean the Hose

Tie a few knots on the end of a piece of paracord. 
To clean the hose run the paracord through it with the knots towards the end.  Pull it through and the knots will soak up any water/moisture left in the hose.
Then hang both up to dry.

Step 4: Clean Mouthpiece

Pinch the mouthpiece open and shake it like it owes you money.

Step 5: Wait

Wait until everything is dry, and then put it all back together.
It's just that simple.

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    8 years ago on Step 5

    Just stick the whole thing in the freezer when your done with just a splash of water in it. It will stay clean and ready to go.


    8 years ago on Step 5

    You can also drip a little 91% isopropyl alcohol into the tube and then swing it in circles; I used to have to clean tubing from rental equipment this way. The alcohol dries off quickly, and kills germs, to boot :) 'cause these things are handy, but not really designed for easy clean up, huh?

    1 reply

    Great idea man! FYI some companies have started making bladders that zipper shut along the top for easy clean up. I found them online right after I had bought this one lol