How to clean a hydration pack

A hydration pack is your faithful companion during physical activities, but like any trusty gear, it needs regular care. A clean hydration pack not only ensures hygiene but also extends its lifespan. Here is an easy-to-follow guide to keep your hydration system in top shape.

1. Empty and rinse

After use, pour out any leftover water from the bladder.
Fill it with warm water, shake it gently, and drain to rinse out any remaining liquid.

2. Cleaning with soap

Use a mild soap and warm water to clean the bladder. Harsh detergents are a no-go.
If possible, you can use a long brush to scrub the inside of the bladder and hose to remove any buildup or residue.

3. Deep cleaning

For a deeper clean, especially if you use liquids other than water, you can use cleaning tablets or solutions made for hydration bladders.
Fill the bladder with the cleaning solution, let it sit for the recommended time, then rinse thoroughly.

4. Drying time

After cleaning, it’s crucial to dry the bladder completely to prevent mold and bacteria growth.
Hang the bladder upside down with the cap off. Ensure the inside is fully open to allow air to circulate.
You can prop the bladder open with a specially designed-dryer or a clean kitchen utensil.

5. Hose and bite valve maintenance

Don’t forget to clean the hose and bite valve. Run warm, soapy water through the hose, and clean the bite valve with a small brush or cloth.
Then, rinse thoroughly and allow them to dry completely.

6. Storage

Once everything is dry, store the hydration pack in a cool, dry place. Keep the bladder slightly open to allow for air circulation.


To sum up, by taking the time to thoroughly clean and dry your hydration pack after every use, you not only ensure the quality of the pack but also guarantee that the water you drink on your next adventure is fresh and safe.
So, gear up with your hydration pack, stay hydrated, and embrace the freedom to explore, knowing that your hydration needs are covered every step of the way.