Hydration Bladder Drying System

I love my hydration bladder systems, but I hate the fact that they take so long to dry. If you don't dry them, or fill them up with a weak chlorine solution, you end up with green, swampy smelling water in no time.

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Step 1: What'cha Need

Two wire coat hangers
Heat shrink
Heat gun
Electical tape.

Step 2: Step 1

Cut the hooks off of both coat hangers. Save one hook for later. Straighten out the coat hanger wires.

Step 3: Step 3

Slide some of the heat shrink onto the wires. Leave it a little on the long side and hit it with the heat gun.

Step 4: Step 4

Wrap the jaws of the pliers with electrical so you don't tear up the heat shrink while you're doing the bending. Bend the wires so that they'll keep the bladder open. Try to bend the ends of the wire so that no matter what the ends can't make contact with the bladder. Bend the hook up as shown.

Step 5: Putting It to Wok

Slide the wires into the bladder. Hook the hook over the drinking tube, and hang the whole thing up to dry.

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    5 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Blackhawk Bladders can be turned inside-out . easier to clean and dry.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I'm from the Philippines. I'm a member or a mountaineering group and what we usually do is clean our bladders with salt and warm water. We usually do this before and after a mountain expedition.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    My husband and I love camping and do so about twice a year. We have 2 of the water bladders and they are a pain in the butt to dry...you are so right! I will get my husband to make this for us.

    Question: How do you effectively clean and dry the mouth spout....eaasy to get masty too!
    Thanks for the 'ible.

    1 reply

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Typically I run a mild bleach water solution through everything including the mouth spout so far that's done a pretty good job of keeping it from getting to nasty.