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Old April 12th, 2011, 00:22   #1
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Cleaning a New Bladder

I did a search and couldn't find any thing on the subject.
I just got a new bladder and was wondering how you get rid of the smell before actually using it.

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Old April 12th, 2011, 00:25   #2
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I don't know about washing the smell out, I always just rinsed mine a couple of times before i used it. But if you put a few drops of lemon juice in with the water you plan to drink, it'll make the plastic taste pretty much disappear.
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Old April 12th, 2011, 00:31   #3
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I use Dasani water. Perhaps it's the ozonation, bu I get no smell, no bad taste, and I just have to hang dry it after after getting rid of all the remaining water in the bladder and tube.
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Old April 12th, 2011, 01:59   #4
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I used lemon juice in mine also, after about 3 or 4 games it had no plastic flavor left. But I was enjoying the lemony freshness so I kept doing it.

I've got a new bladder coming this week and I'll be back to the nasty plastic for a game or 2..
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Old April 12th, 2011, 02:02   #5
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I will have to try that, my girl friend won't notice a few lemons missing.

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Old April 12th, 2011, 02:16   #6
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I just cleaned out my soviet canteens with dish soup. Worked pretty good.
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Old April 12th, 2011, 02:56   #7
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I don't know about washing the smell out, I always just rinsed mine a couple of times before i used it. But if you put a few drops of lemon juice in with the water you plan to drink, it'll make the plastic taste pretty much disappear.
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I used lemon juice in mine also, after about 3 or 4 games it had no plastic flavor left. But I was enjoying the lemony freshness so I kept doing it.

I've got a new bladder coming this week and I'll be back to the nasty plastic for a game or 2..
Never heard of this. Thanks guys, I'll try it! Probably helps to kill some bacteria as well.
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Old April 12th, 2011, 03:07   #8
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Next obvious step is straight lemonade.
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Old April 12th, 2011, 03:54   #9
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Thats what I was thinking lol, mix up a batch of lemonade and let it sit in the fridge for a day or 2 just let the bladder absorb.
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Old April 12th, 2011, 04:18   #10
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Rinse it out a few times then fill up with very very diluted bleach (ie. 1:200 bleach to water).

Next take some mild soapy water and clean it (ie. Dawn or Palmolive or your regular store brand (my favourite is the ASDA branded stuff, cheap and effective)).

Finally, you can either do water + vinegar or water + baking soda (but NOT BOTH). Let it sit overnight then rinse out.

Fill up your bladder with water and add a bit of lemon juice (or ginger, supposedly thats also something that kills bacteria and makes weird tastes go away or something).

The other thing you could do, but I don't suggest is add a bit of Vodka or similar to it. The Europeans in the old days knew about how ethanol makes water sterile or something (that's why they've developed the enzymes to break down alcohol as opposed to Asians that get the "asian flush" because they developed differently and found boiling water to sterilize water).

Also use boiled water as opposed to tap water (my mom used to make me do it all the time because it "dechlorinates the water" according to her (and tap water just tastes funny) and I've just picked up that habit).
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