How you clean your NDURE bladder depends on how dirty it is. If it is only mildly dirty, then use a baking soda solution or a cleaning tablet to deep clean the bladder. On the other hand, if mold has started to grow in the bladder, you will need to disinfect it. Use bleach and water to thoroughly clean and disinfect your NDURE bladder.
Method 1. Cleaning with Baking Soda
Mix 60ml of baking soda with 180 ml of water per liter volume. The water needs to be hot, but not boiling (this can damage the bladder). Mix the ingredients until they are well combined.
- For example, if your NDURE bladder holds 2 liters of water, then mix 120 ml of baking soda with 360 ml of water.
- You may also add 60 ml of white vinegar to the solution. If you do, the vinegar will react with the baking soda, making the solution fizz. Wait until the solution stops fizzing before pouring it into the bladder.
Pour the solution into the bladder. Then shake it for 30 seconds. Let the solution set for five minutes.
- If you added vinegar, open the main valve (away from your face) to let any built-up pressure escape.
Lift the bladder and squeeze the bite valve. This will allow the solution to flow into the tube and mouthpiece. Lay the bladder on its back and let the solution set for 30 minutes. Pour the solution out after 30 minutes.
Scrub the bladder and tube with brushes. Use a scrub brush or a sponge to clean the bladder. For the tube, use a pipe cleaner-like scrub brush. Scrub away baking soda and other residue from the bladder and tube.
- Make sure the hose is facing away from your face when squeezing the bite valve
- You can buy scrub brushes from your local hardware store, or you can purchase a Cleaning Kit which includes brushes.
Rinse the bladder with a soapy solution. Mix 3/4 teaspoon of mild soap with 120 ml of water per liter volume. Pour the soap solution into the bladder and shake it for 30 seconds. Pinch the bite valve to let the solution flow into the tube. Pour out the solution.
Rinse the bladder with warm water. Thoroughly rinse the bladder until all traces of soap and the cleaning solution are gone. Drain as much water from the bladder as you can. This will make it easier to dry.
Disassemble the parts and air dry. Place the bladder and its parts upside down on a rack in your bathroom or kitchen. Or you can place it outside to dry, but do not place it in the sun.
Method 2. Using Hydraulic Cleaning Tablets
Fill the bladder with hot water. Place one cleaning tablet into the bladder. Close the cap. Lay the bladder on its back and let the tablet dissolve for five minutes. Once the tablet has dissolved, shake the bladder for 30 to 40 seconds in order to diffuse the cleaning solution.
- You can purchase hydraulic cleaning tablets online.
- Alternatively, you can use denture tablets instead of the hydraulic cleaning tablets.
Pinch the bite valve. Pinching the bite valve will allow the cleaning solution to flow into the tube and mouthpiece. Once the solution is in the tube and mouthpiece, let it set for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, poor the solution out.
Create a soap and water solution. Mix 3/4 teaspoon of a mild soap with 120 ml of water per liter volume. Pour the soapy solution into the bladder. Pinch the bite valve again to allow the soapy solution to travel into the tube and mouthpiece.
- Shake the bladder for 30 seconds and then pour out the solution.
Remove the hose. Use a pipe cleaner-like scrub brush to scrub the inside of the hose. Then use a bigger scrub brush or sponge to clean the inside of the bladder.
- Scrub both the tube and bladder until any and all residue is gone.
Rinse the parts with warm water. Rinse until all the soap is completely removed; you may need to rinse it two to three times. Then take the disassembled parts to a well-ventilated area, like an outside patio or the bathroom, to air dry.
- You may need to insert a wand-like object into the bladder’s entrance to keep it propped open so it can dry thoroughly.
Method 3. Disinfecting your Bladder
Fill the bladder with warm water. Then pour in ½ teaspoon of bleach. Squeeze the bite valve to allow the solution to flow into the tube and mouthpiece.
Shake the bladder for 20 seconds. Then let the solution set for 30 minutes. If the mold infestation is bad, then you may want to let it set for longer, like an hour or even overnight (24 hours). Pour the solution out once it has finished setting.
Scrub the bladder out. Use a scrub brush to rid the bladder of mold and mold stains. Then remove the tube and use a pipe cleaner-like scrub brush to clean the tube.
- The bladder may still have some mold stains after cleaning and scrubbing it. This is normal and the bladder should still be safe to use as long as you have cleaned it thoroughly.
Rinse the bladder with warm water. Rinse the bladder at least five times to remove any traces of bleach. Make sure to rinse the tube and mouthpiece as well.
Air dry the bladder in a well-ventilated area. Make sure to prop open the bladder so it can dry thoroughly. Roll up some paper towels into a ball or use a Q-tip to keep it propped open.
- Store the bladder in the freezer in between uses to avoid mold and mildew growth.
- Deep clean the bladder after every three to four uses.
Things You'll Need
Baking soda, White vinegar, Mild soap, Hydraulic cleaning tablets, Bleach, Round scrub brush, Pipe cleaner scrub brush, Sponge, Q-tips, Paper towels.