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How to Clean Camelbak

How to Clean Camelback

It is necessary to clean your Camelback, just like you would your reusable water bottles. It would be excellent if after each use.  Storage in the freezer, according to Camelback, can also assist prevent mildew growth between uses by keeping the product fresh.

Select a cleaning agent to clean Camelbak

Bleach is a favorite of mine because it is effective at killing mold while still being safe to use on your hydration flask. We also suggest baking soda, which we recommend for flasks that feel a little funky. Baking soda will not kill germs, but it will moderate smells, so we recommend it for flasks that smell a little funny.Check to make sure you aren’t cleaning out the inside of your Camelback right before you head out for a hike.

While this could be acceptable if you were cleaning your Camelback on a routine basis, completing a deep clean takes time approximately an hour, plus a few extra minutes to allow your Camelback to air dry. Alternatively, once you’ve cleaned it correctly, consistent maintenance means you shouldn’t have to repeat the operation until the following year at most.

Cleaning Your Camelbak

It is necessary to have the following materials:

  • Bleach
  • Scrub brush
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Remove the reservoir from the carrier: This will allow the bladder to be removed, which will make the rest of the process much easier.
  • Fill the reservoir halfway with water and bleach, then shake it up to combine the two ingredients. Apply bleach in a 1:150 ratio to water in cold water (hot water will deactivate the bleach).
  • Allow the reservoirs and tube to sit for approximately 30 minutes: Disconnect the reservoir and tube from the system and set them aside.
  • Entirely drain the reservoir by squeezing the bite valve and allowing the reservoir to completely drain. To finish, unscrew the bite valve and discard it.
  • Remove the tube and bite valve from the machine and clean both with a tube brush dipped in soap. Please remember to clean the bite valve as well.
  • Allow for thorough air drying before reassembling. This includes the reservoir, tube, and bit valve.

Always rinse, drain, and dry your gear after each usage

Knowing how to clean a Camelback or any other similar hydration reservoir is important for any outdoor exercise, that is why it is so crucial to understand how to maintain one. When it comes to cleaning, there are three basic approaches to take: rinsing, deep cleaning, and disinfection. However, the DRAIN and DRY are the most important elements here.

 I have a beautiful drying setup at my place, complete with an oscillating towel rack that is perfect for hanging my reservoir upside down while drying it. I prop open the top of my Deuter Streamer with the orange slider seal to assure that it dries as quickly as possible; but I’ve heard read of people using a Q-tip to do the same.

When you use it three to four times, it gets rather dirty

Since it appears to be the most detailed and well explained, follow these steps to complete the project:

  • Combine 14 cup baking soda with 34 cup water per liter volume of your reservoir and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  • Toss in 14 cup lemon juice, shake for 10 seconds, and then vent by removing the cap away from the face (keep in mind that adding lemon juice generates effervescence/pressure).
  • shake/vent 3 times more than once
  • Inhale and immerse for 20 minutes, exhaling as much air as possible

In addition to scrubbing the inside of the tube, a thorough deep clean is recommended. In order to clean the tube and reservoir, I use a Camelback Cleaning Kit, which includes brushes. To clean the parts, simply disassemble them and scrub each one individually. 


By destroying microscopic organisms, disinfecting takes it one step further than general cleaning. To clean your Camelback or other hydration reservoir, follow these steps.

  • 1 oz of bleach per liter of warm water must be used to fill the bladder and hose.
  • Soak for at least 24 hours.
  • Wash thoroughly with warm water and allow to air-dry.

 Basic Maintenance

In addition, make certain that your hydration pack has the manufacturer’s cleaning kit, which should include brushes for the reservoir and tube, cleaning tablets, and mechanisms to hang the reservoir and leave it open to allow it to dry naturally. This will be your best option if you want to learn how to clean a Camelback properly and correctly, especially if you can make the most of these products on your own.

often you clean your bladder will be determined by the number of fluids that you put into to the bladder each day. It is necessary to thoroughly clean your equipment after use of sports drinks. As a reminder, maintaining your system clean is based upon how many you use it.

What you should do on a daily and monthly basis for maintenance

After each use of the system, take the time to completely clean and dry the entire system. If you’re simply going to be utilizing water, this is adequate precaution. In addition, if you are using your system frequently, it is suggested that you place one or two cleaning tablets into your reservoir and let the liquid in for five minutes before draining, rinsing and letting it air dry.

Cleaning Instructions

A simple wash with water is sufficient for daily and weekly maintenance, but it is vital to understand how to completely clean a Camelback. Using brushes and pipe cleaners, scrape the reservoirs and tube with an agent such as baking soda (two teaspoons is suggested) and allow to sit for approximately 30 minutes. Always scrape the seams and other exposed sections of the tube, including the interior of the port region, to ensure a thorough cleaning. After that, a thorough rinse and air drying is required.