Apr 3, 2014 at 2:22 pm #1315231
@bolsterLocale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
I carry Platypus 1L's. Seems I can never get them quite dry between trips. Is this important? Do you have a trick to do it?Apr 3, 2014 at 2:30 pm #2089323
Del, there was a thread on this awhile back (I'm too lazy to link back to it). The Idester suggested using a cheap aquarium pump and some tubing. I tried it, and it really works well.Apr 3, 2014 at 2:39 pm #2089325
I just stick the handle off a wooden spoon in it to prop it open. Then I let it air dry.
Works for me
BenApr 3, 2014 at 2:39 pm #2089326
Following a tip I read here once I just freeze mine btw uses. No need to dry them out, no mildew.Apr 3, 2014 at 2:42 pm #2089327
For the bladders, I loosely wad up a few paper towels to keep it open, and then I hang it up in the kitchen, opening side down.Apr 3, 2014 at 2:54 pm #2089328
@richardcullipLocale: San Diego County
I use a cheap aquarium pump and some tubing. The moving air quickly dries them.Apr 3, 2014 at 2:55 pm #2089329
@owenmLocale: SE US
I freeze mine sometimes, and occasionally just put a little bleach in there with some water and shake, then rinse them out, blow them up, and let them stand upside down at an angle against the backsplash on my kitchen counter overnight with a paper towel under them.
When they're seeing weekly use, they usually just get rinsed with filtered tap water and refilled.Apr 3, 2014 at 3:01 pm #2089331
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@lyrad1Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
This tip came from a friend of mine and it works for me.
(1) I drain it with the opening down until water stops dripping out (say overnight).
(2) Then I put it in a sunny window with the top up and let the warmth of the sun dry it until the next trip.Apr 3, 2014 at 3:32 pm #2089341
drain well, place on dashboard while at work. boom, dryApr 3, 2014 at 5:14 pm #2089376
delApr 3, 2014 at 5:38 pm #2089386
I just bend a wire hanger. I bend the wires together so that they will fit in the opening, then bend the entire hanger into an "L" shape, so that will stand upright.Apr 3, 2014 at 5:45 pm #2089388
Ive never worried about it.
Am I doing something wrong???Apr 3, 2014 at 6:22 pm #2089402
@glenn64Locale: Snowhere, MN
C'mon Delmar, all those fancy shop tools and no air compressor? Blow dry 'em ;)Apr 3, 2014 at 6:24 pm #2089404
Haven't dried my camelbak bladder in 8 years. Haven't died yet.Apr 3, 2014 at 6:28 pm #2089407
@missingutahLocale: Smoky Mountains
Also read a tip on here several years back about freezing and have never looked back. This is especially useful if you use tubes.
When heading out just give a rinse with warm or lukewarm water, suck any thawed frost out of the tube (spit out in the sink), and give it a full fill with water.
When coming back home just empty any water still in there, suck any remaining water out of the tube, and toss in the freezer. Too easy.Apr 3, 2014 at 6:53 pm #2089415
@dmusasheLocale: Pacific Northwest
I jam a clean kitchen towel inside of it and let that sit overnight. Usually does the trick.Apr 3, 2014 at 8:09 pm #2089434
@bolsterLocale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Thanks all! Many ways to solve this problem.
Glenn > C'mon Delmar, all those fancy shop tools and no air compressor? Blow dry 'em ;)
I could inflate them like inner tubes — Kapow!Apr 3, 2014 at 8:51 pm #2089451
@eagleriverdeeLocale: Eagle River, Alaska
I prop mine open with a piece of bent coat hanger and then hang it upside down so it will fully drain and air dry.Apr 3, 2014 at 9:29 pm #2089465
I use this
and put the tube in the freezer.Apr 4, 2014 at 8:09 am #2089563
After I've washed it I put a paper towel in it, blow it full of air, put a cap on it, and then shake it to get as much water on the paper towel as possible. I've found that it then air-dries in a day and I can put it away in my bin.
For the hose I take off the mouthpiece and step out on my deck and swing it around in the air to get as much water out of the tube and then hang it overnight to let it dry as well.Apr 4, 2014 at 8:48 am #2089575
Similar to the aquarium pump idea, I already own an electric air pump designed for blowing up pool toys and such, I attach tubing to it and into the bladder.
In the past I've propped the bladder open best I could and placed it leaning against the front of a box fan.Apr 4, 2014 at 10:57 am #2089620
If you use drinkable alcohol (Everclear), then you can swish some of that around, drink the remnant, and the remaining alcohol will evaporate faster than water.
Just don't get into the habit of doing this too often! ;-)Apr 4, 2014 at 11:17 am #2089624
@brcrainLocale: So Cal
"Ive never worried about it.
Am I doing something wrong???"
I never have either – if/when they get funky (which is every other year maybe) they get an overnight bleach treatment followed by an overnight baking soda treatmentApr 4, 2014 at 12:34 pm #2089655
I cant' imagine plugging in an aquarium pump or other method to do this. You guys are handy. I hang mine upside down in my sunny kitchen window, and 24 hours later it's dry as a bone. Have done this for more than a decade with never one moldy/musty bladder. Easy peasy, right? I must be missing something.Apr 4, 2014 at 1:37 pm #2089669
@pitsyLocale: Central Texas
"For the hose I take off the mouthpiece and step out on my deck and swing it around in the air to get as much water out of the tube and then hang it overnight to let it dry as well."
That's the same method I use to dry my GFs pet cat after a bath.
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