Don’t Forget to Wash Your Water Reservoirs

You know you should wash your water bottles more often, but what about your water reservoirs? If you’re like the average weekend warrior, you probably don’t clean your water reservoir on a regular basis – or at all.

We know how it goes.

You get home and you’re utterly drained after knocking out some high mileage on the trail, or conquering your long-standing rock climbing project. All you want to do is hose off, suppress the grumble in your stomach, and revel in the memory of your epic weekend. So, you toss your water reservoir – and perhaps whatever water remains in it –  into your gear closet.

Nobody wants to go through the tedious process of washing a water reservoir after a trip. This is important, however.

Why it’s important to clean water reservoirs

You may know them by different names – hydration reservoirs, hydration packs, water bladders, hydration sleeves, etc. – but water reservoirs are perfect for active pursuits in nature. It makes staying hydrated a quick and convenient process.

One study from Pepperdine University found that people who drink from a CamelBak drink up to 24% more water.

Of course, washing a water reservoir isn’t quite as convenient as using one. It’s not that cleaning a water reservoir is especially difficult, it’s just a little tedious.

This is why so many people just toss their empty reservoir into a gear closet after a mountain biking, hiking, or climbing trip.

The trouble is that warmth, darkness, and moisture breed mold and bacteria. In other words, your unwashed water reservoir that’s sitting in your room temperature gear closet is an ideal place for mold and bacteria to grow. This is why it’s so important to clean your reservoir.

How to clean water reservoirs

You can clean your water reservoirs with mild soap, baking soda or a diluted bleach solution. Camelbak also makes water reservoir cleaning tablets that you can buy at out store.

  • Mix warm water and the cleaning agent of your choosing in your reservoir.
  • Let the reservoir sit for half an hour.
  • Let the solution drain through the tube by pinching the bite valve and elevating the reservoir.
  • Rinse the reservoir with hot water, letting the water drain through the tube.
  • You can scrub the tube with a brush for an even deeper clean.

Once your reservoir is cleaned, be sure it’s completely dry before storing it. You can store your water reservoir in the freezer in between uses to help prevent bacteria from growing.

How often should you clean your water reservoir?

CamelBak recommends that you clean your reservoir after every use.

It’s especially important to clean out your reservoir if you use hydration mixes.

Visit us at Uncle Sam’s Safari Outfitters in Northwest Arkansas for CamelBak hydration packs, water reservoirs, bottles, and more!

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