Hands-free hydration packs are used by many long
distance skaters. Here's how to keep
your hydration water reservoir, plastic tube,
and cloth outside pack fresh and clean.
How to Clean the Water Reservoir
Remove the reservoir from the cloth pack
Clean the reservoir with mild soap and hot water
Scrub the inside with a baby bottle brush
Air dry the reservoir, leaving the top opened
A little mild liquid dish soap (cleaning)
2 teaspoons of liquid bleach (disinfecting)
2 teaspoons baking soda (removing odors)
If you are only using dish soap to clean the water
reservoir, you can immediately.
wash, rinse, and dry the reservoir and tube. If you
added bleach or baking soda to disinfect or deodorize
the water reservoir,
let the cleaning solutions sit in the water reservoir
over night, and thoroughly rinse and dry them the next day.
How to Clean the Tube
Run one of the above cleaning solutions through
the tube, and scrub it with (a) a long pipe cleaner, (b) a flexible
wire covered with cloth, or (c) one of the specially-made brushes.
Be careful not to puncture the tube.
How to Remove Odors
Fill the reservoir with water and add 2 teaspoons of
baking soda. Let it sit overnight. Rinse thoroughly and air dry.
How to Clean the Cloth Pack
Many manufacturers recommend machine washing
packs in cold water with a mild detergent,
and then letting them air dry. If your pack did
not come with cleaning instructions, it's safer
to hand wash.
How to Store a Hydration Pack
Two different options for storing a hydration pack
to keep it clean and smelling fresh between usings.
Hydration Pack Cleaning Tips
The most important thing you can do to keep your hydration
pack safe and sanitary, is dry it thoroughly after each
use to prevent the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria.
You can purchase special soaps, reservoir brushes, hose
brushes, and air-drying hangers for hydration systems. You
don't need to buy these products, but some of them will
make the cleaning process easier.
It is best to use only water in your hydration pack. If you
do use a sports-type hydration or nutrition drink in your pack,
it is critical to clean and disinfect the hose and the
Some of the soaps people use to clean their reservoirs are
dish (not dishwasher) detergent, denture cleaning products,
and soaps made for cleaning baby bottles.
If your hydraton pack reservoir develops a leak, you can seal
it using a water bed patch, or similar product.
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