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If the camelBack gets mold in it is there...

If the camelBack gets mold in it is there any way to save it or should I through it away?

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CamelBak makes cleaning tablets, or you can use a couple tablespoons of regular bleach, or Listerine, or baking soda.

And, here's the scoop directly from Camelbak's site on how to do it-


The best way to care for your reservoir is to clean and dry it after every use, especially if you fill the reservoir with anything other than water. However, theoretically, if someone didn’t clean it after every single use, and mold or discoloration happens to develop…

* Use hot water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda or bleach. Mix the solution inside your reservoir and hold it up above your head while you pinch the bite valve, allowing the bleached water to run through the tube. You can also use CamelBak Cleaning Tabs.
* Let the reservoir and cleaning solution sit for about 30 minutes.
* Wash the reservoir with hot water and mild soap. Be sure to completely rinse away any bleach or cleaning solution before using again. You can also use CamelBak brushes from our Cleaning Kit to scrub your reservoir and tube. Brushes are the best way to ensure you are scrubbing all of the areas of the reservoir clean.
* Once the reservoir is clean, be sure to air dry the reservoir so no moisture is trapped inside, which can cause mold to grow.

These steps will make your reservoir safe for use. If you have spots left from the mold, they will never come all the way out because the reservoir is permanently stained, but still safe and usable.

Responded on

I've had mine for several years and never had a mold problem. After every use, I rinse the bladder with plain water and then clean it with a mixture of water and Listerine. Then I drain it but leave any residual liquid in the bladder. I store the bladder in the refrigerator until I'm ready to use it again. Just make sure you rinse out the listerine before using.