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How To Clean a Camelbak – from easy rinsing to disinfecting

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Water is an essential part of any outdoor recreation, that’s why it’s so important to know how to clean a Camelbak or any other similar hydration reservoir. There are essentially three ways to do it: rinsing, deep cleaning and disinfecting. We compiled this guide to make your Camelbak cleaning efforts as painless as possible.


To keep your water reservoir in top shape, rinse thoroughly with hot water (optional soap) after every use, especially if you’re filling it with anything other than water. In any case, the key here is the DRAIN and DRY.  Because all the reservoirs on the market (by Platypus Hydration, Camelbak, Osprey or Deuter) are soft-sided, they’re tough to dry with the sides sticking and trapping moisture.

I have a perfect drying set-up at my house with an oscillating towel rack (pictured below, cost about $15 at our local kitchen shop) that is great for hanging my reservoir upside down. I use the orange slider seal on my Deuter Streamer to keep the top open so it dries best; I’ve also read of people using a Q-tip to prop open the top. However you choose to dry your reservoir, remember it’s one of the most important steps you can take.


I use Platypus’s recommended method since it seems to be most thorough and well explained. Here are the steps:

1)    Add ¼ cup baking soda to ¾ cup of water per liter volume of your reservoir and shake for 30 seconds

2)    Add ¼ cup lemon juice, shake for 10 seconds, then vent by loosening cap away from face (note that adding lemon juice causes effervescence/pressure)

3)    Repeat shake/vent 3 times

4)    Expel as much air as possible and soak for 20 minutes

5)    Rinse 3 times with hot water

The deep clean should also include brushing out the inner surface, including the tube. I use the CamelBak Cleaning Kit, which includes brushes for the tube and reservoir. Simply disassemble all the parts and give them each a scrubbing. I brush AFTER the baking soda/lemon application to help clean out all the baking soda residue.


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