Mould in Camelbak tubing

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20/04/2009 at 20:39
There are quite a few black spots in the tubing of my camelbak that look like mould. Any idea of the best way to get rid of them?
20/04/2009 at 21:12


buy some Miltons sterilising tablets and fill your camelbak bladder with it ensuring you fill the tube.  That should kill all the nasties in there.


20/04/2009 at 21:22
Another vote for Milton but I use the liquid.  I make up a bucket of it and sterilise all my drink bottles.
20/04/2009 at 22:30
Thanks for that! It looks like I'll be visiting the chemist tomorrow. Do you disinfect regularly, or wait for evidence of mould first?
21/04/2009 at 07:04
I do it regularly to avoid mould or mildew forming.
21/04/2009 at 08:21

I use milton but I also have one of those little brushes on a very long springy handle thing.  You can get a kit from wiggle or millets etc its about £10 and comes with 3 different brushes.

Funny enough I have just finished doing mine.

21/04/2009 at 09:14
Oh yes, regularly.  By the time the mould has formed it is a bit too late.  You dont want a dodgy belly.
21/04/2009 at 10:07
agree with using Milton regularly (about avery 4/5 uses) and also with runnerbeen and the long bottle brush - once the mould is showing in the tube, Miltons won't get rid of it but the bottle brush followed by leaving it soak in Milton's for 24hrs will
21/04/2009 at 10:45
It also helps to keep it in the fridge once it is clean - bacteria etc don't grow very well at 4oC!
21/04/2009 at 10:51
why take up space in the fridge that could be be better suited for beer???

dry the bladder and tube in an airing cupboard - bugs and fungus don't grow on dry surfaces.........
21/04/2009 at 11:39
Thanks for that, you've been really helpful. I've also heard of someone keeping their bladder and tube in the freezer! My freezer's always packed full though, so it looks like the airing cupboard wins it.
21/04/2009 at 12:47
..or a long piece of wire and one of those crappy blue and white disposable cloths you use in the kitchen (or to degrease the chain on your bike)
22/04/2009 at 07:24
Don't use any form of washing up liquid though.  Did that once and thought i had rinsed it properly, until i got back after a run, opened it up to empty it and had a foaming bladder.  fortunately I had only drunk a few sips as the weather had turned cooler once I was out.  It was not good.  LOL
22/04/2009 at 09:14

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