How to Store Water Bladders?

A Collapsible water bladder is a must have equipment during hiking or any other adventurous trip. There are different types of bladders and some of them are insulated to keep from freezing or becoming too warm. There are some bladders which are especially for backpacking and longer hikes. Some water weighs about 8.3 lbs per gallon and it is quite impossible to carry such weight in most of the situation. So you should carry it about 1-3 lit. Storing them properly is very important.

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Here are few tips on how to store them properly

Rinse

You need to rinse out the water bladder storage every day after use. If you were confused about how to clean it, you can use bleach. Make sure that you use a half teaspoon to clean the funk. Clean it properly so that you there should be no bleach in your storage bladder. You also need to clean the hose and mouthpiece so that it should be clean properly.

Dry

After cleaning your bladder properly, you need to dry out the bladder properly. You need to hang up the cap until it dries out completely. The time it takes to dry is depended upon the humidity of your home. A hanger is a perfect tool for drying out your storage bladder. Keep it outside your home so that it won’t take a longer period of time.

Freeze

After your water bladder is dry out completely, you need to freeze your bladder. Freezing your bladder is equally important because it will prevent mildew from growing inside. No matter how dried out your bladder is there is always a chance of mold and mildew to grow inside the storage. You can store your bladder in a freezer because this will eradicate the risk of unwanted mold and mildew.

Now if you are wondering how to do this then follow the following steps:

  • You need to roll the water bladder and wrap the hose around itself so that it will take little space in your freezer
  • Now you need to wrap the large bladder around and keep it together.
  • Now, all you have to do is place it together.
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