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#54294 - 08/26/10 07:26 PM Camel backs
keith Offline
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Does anyone have any tips on cleaning the bladder to get rid of funky taste?

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#54295 - 08/26/10 08:14 PM Re: Camel backs [Re: keith]
Aya Offline
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They make special cleaning tabs and scrubby brushes that work. Need to dertermine why funky taste is there - like is scum built up on inside of bag? I've tried swishing baking soda and vinegar around inside and it kind of works, but not really.
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#54297 - 08/26/10 10:26 PM Re: Camel backs [Re: Aya]
keith Offline
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Ive only used it a few times and its the antibacterial type im getting a funky plastic taste that is pretty gnarly like when you leave water in a plastic jug in the sun then drink it. Ive tried dawn dish soap on a previous bladder with adverse effects and i rinsed very thoroughly and had to stop four times on the way home from gunks!!!

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#54298 - 08/26/10 10:35 PM Re: Camel backs [Re: keith]
MarcC Offline
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Fill it with a hot, saturated solution of baking soda for 24 hrs. Rinse & repeat as necessary. It could take 4 or more repeats.
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#54301 - 08/27/10 12:30 AM Re: Camel backs [Re: MarcC]
chip Offline
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I've heard several folk tell that a very dilute bleach solution followed by many rinses with H2O does the job. I admit I rarely use one and have thrown away a bladder that got a bad taste rather than risk the aftermath from trying to clean it.

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#54307 - 08/27/10 01:54 AM Re: Camel backs [Re: chip]
KathyS Offline
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I clean mine when needed (once/year or less) with a dab of bleach and water. When not in use, they stay in the fridge in a giant zip-lock bag. No nasties. For just a funky taste, I'd try the baking soda. I've been a cyclist for so long, drinking out of plastic water bottles and hydration packs, that I think water that doesn't taste like plastic tastes funny. :^)

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#54308 - 08/27/10 02:23 AM Re: Camel backs [Re: KathyS]
Aya Offline
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I just add those little packets of crystal light... covers up any funky flavors. Gave up on bleach and baking soda, myself. my hose is totally black with gunk, oh well...
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#54313 - 08/27/10 11:32 AM Re: Camel backs [Re: KathyS]
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I couldn't be the only one to conclude that this thread offers a good reason not to buy the product.
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#54316 - 08/27/10 12:55 PM Re: Camel backs [Re: oenophore]
keith Offline
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Registered: 03/26/09
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Loc: The beach
As time goes on i might have to agree with oenophore. But they are good for multi pitching just have to get over the funk. Thanks for the suggestions.

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#54319 - 08/27/10 01:56 PM Re: Camel backs [Re: keith]
ianmanger Offline
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I have no major issues with taste but I generally zap mine with a little bleach to remove slimy buildup.

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