Hydration bladders can be filled with water and slipped into a backpack to provide an easy-to-reach source of fluid when on-the-go. Yet new bladders can taste like plastic while older ones can grow mildew. The secret to avoiding a bad taste is in the prevention. Cleaning and drying out your hydration bladder is key to keeping your water tasting fresh. A number of methods can remove bad tastes from your hydration pack.
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Things you need
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- Lemon juice
- 2 denture tablets
- Chlorine bleach
Fill the bladder with water until it is 75 per cent full. Add 1/4 cup baking soda, seal and massage around the bladder. Ensure the water mixture moves into the drinking tube and the mouth piece. Leave to rest for 30 minutes
Open the bladder. Add a dash of lemon juice. The chemical reaction should flush any bad tastes and odours.
Empty the mixture. Rinse.
Fill the bladder halfway with warm water.
Insert 2 denture tablets and allow time to dissolve. Seal the bladder. Swill the liquid around so it reaches the interior, including the tube and mouth piece.
Fill the bladder halfway with water. Add a maximum of 3 drops of chlorine bleach.
Swill the liquid around to reach all components of the hydration bladder. This will sterilise the bladder and remove any bad tastes or odours.
Rinse several times to ensure you remove the chlorine bleach before use.
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