How to Clean Hydration Bladders: A Step-by-Step Guide

Natalie Cecconi
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What is a Hydration Bladder

If you are a hiker, a climber, or a biker, a hydration bladder is one of the best things you can have. Most hikers and climbers also tend to favor hydration bladders over water bottles because the water is available without having to stop and take a pull from the water bottle.

The vast majority of hydration bladders are reusable, so they are an eco-friendly option that you can rely on. You can either purchase a hydration bladder complete with a hydration mouthpiece and hose, or you can buy a bladder and then attach your mouthpiece and hose yourself.

As I already mentioned, hydration bladders come in different sizes, both in terms of the amount of water available and storage size. So, it’s a good idea to decide how much water you will need for a hike, climb, or bike ride before you buy a hydration bladder. You will find that the storage capacity available in these bladders isn’t as much as in water bottles.

If you are looking for a hydration bladder for shorter time durations (less than two hours), it’s best to go for a hydration bladder that has a small storage capacity. This is because larger bladders need to be refilled more frequently, which can be a real irritation when you’re on a trail.

The Importance of Cleaning a Hydration Bladder

You’re halfway through your morning run and realize that you forgot to put water in your hydration pack. Or maybe you just emptied out the pack the night before, and it’s time to clean your hydration bladder. Exciting, right?

There are probably other things you’d rather be doing on a Thursday morning instead of cleaning your hydration equipment. However, ensuring that your bladders are properly cared for will keep them functioning properly and protect your health. Hydration bladders cost money, but their utility is important enough that they’re a worthwhile investment.

The best way to clean your hydration bladder is to be proactive with regular maintenance. This way, you won’t ever