2/ Cleaning and disinfecting my water bladder
Proper care is essential to ensure good hygiene, avoid mould developing and to remove the smell and taste of your energy drink. Sometimes it can be difficult to motivate yourself after a challenging trip but it's the only way that you'll keep your water bladder in good condition!
After each outing, remember to clean your water bladder thoroughly using soap and water. If using a cleaning kit, use different size brushes to ensure you clean your water bladder and tube thoroughly. Don't put your water bladder in the dishwasher as you could damage the plastic seals.
Then, you can disinfect your water bladder. To do this, opt for a gentle disinfectant such as white vinegar, bicarbonate or lemon juice rather than bleach or chlorine. Cleaning tablets, specially designed for water bladders, are also very handy. Immerse your water bladder in a mix of water and disinfectant (tablets, vinegar, bicarbonate or lemon juice) and leave to soak for 5 minutes. Then rinse in clean water.
If you only use water in your water bladder, there's no need to disinfect it after every trip. Thoroughly disinfecting once every three months will be quite sufficient.