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How to Clean a Hydration Pack

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

    Cleaning Solutions
  • 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 reservoir afterward.

  • 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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