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Luc
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PostSat Jun 05, 2021 10:55 pm 
If so, how? If not, will they get swampy, moldy, or mildewey?

I've been using them more and more for camping away from water sources and I'm not really sure how to store them.

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PostSun Jun 06, 2021 7:09 am 
I toss them in the freezer between outings, those things never dry

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PostSun Jun 06, 2021 9:42 am 
I put a few ounces of warm water and a couple of drops of Trader Joe’s Fruit Wash in, then inflate the bladder and shake vigorously. The product works great and rinses completely. I would do that as necessary if I was using the bladder frequently, or before each use if it has been unused for a month or more. A clean bladder is less likely to go funky sitting in the closet. Brand matters, as I find Platypus to be stank resistant more than Camelbak. So no, I don’t dry them out.

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PostSun Jun 06, 2021 9:49 am 
The 10 liter bags I have for sea kayaking also have perimeter grommets and a cord,  I just hang them up with the cap unscrewed and down along with spray deck, and other wet paddling gear until dry.

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PostSun Jun 06, 2021 10:59 am 
Jaberwock wrote:
I toss them in the freezer between outings, those things never dry

This.

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PostSun Jun 06, 2021 5:04 pm 
I have a few platypus bags.  I wash with dish soap and than rinse out.  I just hang them upside down to dry.

I picked up a Gossamer Gear Bottle Rocket that makes a regular water bottle much more accessible on your pack strap, so I haven’t used a hydration bag in quite a while.  I would really only use a platy with a cap to carry extra water on a hike some long dry sections.

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PostMon Jun 07, 2021 10:25 am 
I used a heat gun to reshape plastic clothes hangars to hold the bags open on a hangar to dry. The bags that are open at the bottom (platypus type) dry quickly that way. Other types of bags tend to pool a bit of water at the bottom but if you shape the hangars to hold open that area it dries too. I rigged a horizontal PVC pipe up to a rope and pulley and just attach all my bladders, gators, tubes, filter, etc. to the bar and raise it up to be out of the way.

It is hard to believe these manufacturers haven't come out with better products to suit this purpose. The ones I have seen don't work very well and the cost for a little bit of plastic is crazy.

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PostMon Jun 07, 2021 10:28 am 
Quick and simple DIY modification to a boot drier works well should you be so inclined.

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PostMon Jun 07, 2021 6:56 pm 
I use the Nalgene 3L Cantene because of the relatively large hole that allows it to really dry out relatively quickly. There used to be an issue of these developing leaks, but I have one that I have used extensively for the past 8 years and it does fine. I use it when in camp or have a particularly long water carry. It does just fine.

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PostThu Jun 10, 2021 12:02 pm 
A super simple and free dryer, that I think works better than commercial ones, is to simply take a coated wire clothes hanger, like what you get from the dry cleaners, bend it into kind of a "W" shape with the hook at the top, then just insert the W into your bladder. It should be bent so that the middle "prong" of the W pushes the bladder one way, while the sides push it the other way.

A picture should help more than the above paragraph:

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PostThu Jun 10, 2021 7:34 pm 
I hang-dry mine with something stuffed inside to prevent the sides from sticking together and to allow moisture to escape -  like a long plastic spatula

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PostThu Jun 10, 2021 8:10 pm 
I don't use them often but I also keep them in the freezer or the fridge.

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PostThu Jul 15, 2021 7:07 pm 
My 10 yr old platypus has never been funky or mildewy. My secret?, Sunlight! I rinse it and set it in the sunniest window in the house. Always dries in a day or so and no soap taste ever.

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