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By Ezekiel Thornton
From Akron, Ohio
Mar 25, 2012
Top of Castleton

I've been drinking from my cambak a lot lately.

I'll fill it up for the daily climbing and after getting home drink from it and typically drink all of it before it gets filled up but also have refilled with water being in it.

Was thinking with bacteria


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By FrankPS
From Atascadero, CA
Mar 25, 2012

I periodically wash mine. Put an ounce or two of bleach in it, fill it with water, let it sit for a couple of minutes, drain part of it out through the drinking tube and bite valve, then flush it out a couple of times. Presto! Clean.


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By Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Mar 25, 2012
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Peak.

Bacteria really don't grow without a growth medium. Mold will grow, however, with moisture. Mold is mostly what I see growing in my Camelbak if I don't drain it and let it dry out.


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By Woodchuck ATC
Mar 25, 2012
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008

Yup, our own scuzzy mouth backwash provides the bacteria up the tube and into the camelbak. Go with the bleach solution flush out when it even starts to look bad. When the hose gets all funky, its tough to get the crap out of it.


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By Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Mar 25, 2012
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Peak.

Come to think of it, I blow the water back in after taking a sip to keep it cold in the bladder. Barrrrf!

Anyway, I always take my bladder out and pop the valve off at the end of the day and let everything dry completely now. No more mold and no more dried backwash flesh eating bacteria.


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By PosiDave
Mar 26, 2012

stick it in the freezer when you get home. use whenever needed. Wash if you forget.


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By MegaGaper2000
From Indianola, Wa
Mar 26, 2012
the dragon's tail, or dragon's tooth, or whatever. And me.

I think flexible plastics generally have (and thus release) a lot more BPA. Not sure if anybody cares (or if CB makes a bpa-free one now), but if all your day's water is coming from one multiple days per week, it might add up. Just sayin'....


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By Ryan Dodd
From Lakewood, CO
Mar 26, 2012

Stich wrote:
Come to think of it, I blow the water back in after taking a sip to keep it cold in the bladder. Barrrrf! Anyway, I always take my bladder out and pop the valve off at the end of the day and let everything dry completely now. No more mold and no more dried backwash flesh eating bacteria.


Hah I do the same thing! I bought the camelback cleaning kit and I think it helps alot with making it sanitary, but the water has never tasted the same since. Ill throw Gatorade powder in and that really takes away the strange flavor, but I make sure to clean it out very well after all the sugar from the Gatorade gets mixed in with it.

Ill have to dry the bleach trick to see if it takes away the strange flavor. I have had this camelback for probably 2-3 years now and havent replaced the tube or the bladder.. what is the time frame you guys usually use to replace these things? Just whenever they get gross and cant be cleaned?


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By Ezekiel Thornton
From Akron, Ohio
Mar 26, 2012
Top of Castleton

Thanks for the replies.

I suppose I'll use bleach every once in awhile.


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By Nate Reno
From Highlands Ranch, CO
Mar 26, 2012
Ellingwood Point Summit, Little Bear in the background.

I think denture cleaning tabs are similar (if not the exact same thing) as the camelbak cleaning kit tabs, and are pretty cheap. I pop one of those in with some water and let sit for a while, then rinse and dry out completely. Have never had any problems w/ weird tastes or odors. I also have a nalgene bladder which seems to have less weird plastic taste than the camelbak ones (but my camelbak is an older one).
I just hope I don't have to use the denture tabs for their intended purpose eventually!


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By richard magill
Mar 26, 2012
Mountain Bike Action!

I use my camelbak daily all summer/fall, and must confess, I have not cleaned it in about 5 years...

No illness to report. But I guess that doesn't sound so sanitary...


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By jnowis
From Laramie, Wyoming
Mar 26, 2012

MegaGaper2000 wrote:
I think flexible plastics generally have (and thus release) a lot more BPA.


From this article:
www.rei.com/expertadvice/learn/water+bottles.html

"Polycarbonate is a tough, translucent plastic that gained much of its rigidity from the addition of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA)."

So any flexible plastic will be BPA free.


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By Tom Mulholland
From #1 Cheese Producing State!
Mar 26, 2012
Whiskey-a-Go-Go

jnowis wrote:
So any flexible plastic will be BPA free.


But not plasticizer free!


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By Ian Stewart
Mar 26, 2012

richard magill wrote:
I use my camelbak daily all summer/fall, and must confess, I have not cleaned it in about 5 years... No illness to report. But I guess that doesn't sound so sanitary...


I'm kinda in the same boat. My wife insists on cleaning the ones we take climbing/hiking, but she never thinks about the one I use for mountain biking and I don't think it's ever been cleaned. I don't wash the water bottles I road bike with, either. I may get sick someday, but whatever...never had a funk going on inside any of them.


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By agd
Mar 26, 2012
alaska

I haven't washed mine, except for a quick rinse, for over 6 years. No smell, no taste, no evidence of mold/mildew. I wouldnt worry too much about it.

Also, many companies will somehow put a chemical or something in the camelback to make it bacteria/mold/whatever resistant. Not sure if Camelbak does this.

Just go with the smell test.


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By Crag Dweller
From New York, NY
Mar 26, 2012
My navigator keeps me from getting lost

is it really necessary to poll the internet to find out if you should periodically clean something you drink from?


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By Nate Reno
From Highlands Ranch, CO
Mar 26, 2012
Ellingwood Point Summit, Little Bear in the background.

Crag Dweller wrote:
is it really necessary to poll the internet to find out if you should periodically clean something you drink from?


Absolutely! This is at least an order of magnitude more complex than choosing the right rope tarp.


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By Josh Janes
Mar 26, 2012

If you're drinking daily, you probably have an alcoholism problem. If you're doing it from a CamelBack, you definitely have an alcoholism problem.


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By Aaron Martinuzzi
Mar 26, 2012
end of the day in the black canyon.

PosiDave wrote:
stick it in the freezer when you get home. use whenever needed. Wash if you forget.


+1


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By Jason N.
From Grand Junction
Mar 26, 2012
Indy pass

Josh Janes wrote:
If you're drinking daily, you probably have an alcoholism problem. If you're doing it from a CamelBack, you definitely have an alcoholism problem.

Awesome.


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By thomas ellis
From abq
Mar 26, 2012
Mint jullop

My exgirlfriend got sick from a fetid camelback and ended up on meds for six months. Six months of liquid poo...no thank you. I use vinegar. Bleach is kinda unhealthy.


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By Sir Wanksalot
From County Jail
Mar 26, 2012

If the only thing you put in is H2O, just rinse with hot but not boiling water to kill bacteria, and let it dry. I used to put juice and gatoraid in my bottles and CB's but they always get funky, so now just water. Sometimes I use mild dish soap too.

I would avoid bleach since it's an oxidizing chemical with a high pH and will degrade plastic. SIGG sells a cleaning tablet that works well.


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By Jeff Chrisler
From Boulder, CO
Mar 26, 2012

the plastic companies abound don't want you to know this, but pretty much any plastic you use from your camelbak to your ziplock bags and tupperware comes with a fair amount of chemical leeching into your food or drink. recent studies show even bpa free plastics still have a concerning amount of chemicals getting into the food/drink. will it kill you? probably not, but it's a little startling. i usually drink out of glass or ceramics throughout the day unless outside. both have little to no leeching.


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By Boissal
From Small Lake, UT
Mar 26, 2012

Glass leaches sodium and potassium ions unless you're using lead glass obviously. YUR GUNNA DIE!!!
Where's my tin helmet?


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By T.J. Esposito
From San Diego, CA
Mar 26, 2012
Espresso @ New Jack City

thomas ellis wrote:
Six months of liquid poo


Might this be why she's an ex and not current gf?


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By thomas ellis
From abq
Mar 26, 2012
Mint jullop

Think mud wrestling...the first month was fun.


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