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    I just put my platy out to dry the other day and i have just seen a colony of black crud growing in the tube. How can i stop it? Thanks

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    I always put mine in the freezer,works a treat!!
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    Feed some string through the tube- tie a knot at one end attached to a small piece of material ( I use a small piece of baby wipe). Make it quite tight and pass through several times- it will clear the mess inside. Steralise with milton or something similar. If it doesn't taste particularly good place in a bowl of water and bicarbonate soda for half an hour. Job done- just like new. Half fill with water and store in freezer.

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    Camelbak do a special cleaning brush which should fit down the tube. Trouble is, it costs a tenner.

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    Buy a new tube and always store in the freezer. Use the old one for syphoning petrol.

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    ‹bermensch Stuey, they know where they can stick their bank's Avatar
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    Buy a cleaning kit.

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    Baby Steriliser 2 cycles then rinse thoroughly.

    Boots do a cheap one (or did) !!

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    Sterident is also a good one for the tube - try not to inhale....

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    Bite the bullet and buy the camelbak brush - brilliant. I also soak my plattys and tube in a strong solution of bicarbonate of soda.

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    Thanks guys, i go get the brush set at the weekend.

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    Just buy a Camelbak bladder - I quite often forget to sloosh mine out as I'm lazy in that way, but I still can't get any interesting species of mould to grow in it.

    Alternatively, get a tube with an neoprene covering, which prevents you from seeing the mould and thus worrying about it.

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    I had the same problem. Sterilised etc. but it then tasted horrid.

    I decided I couldn't be bothered with all the cleaning faff, so bought a nalgene bottle instead.

    Unlike the platypus it doesn't leak, can be easily filled from a stream, and is idiot cleaning proof.

    I had 3 platypus's break on me-gets expensive!

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    Two cycles with milton, then rinse, then dry
    works for my camelbak

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    ‹bermensch Stuey, they know where they can stick their bank's Avatar
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    I have to say my camelback has never leaked & Marcus is right it doesn't take much cleaning, even when it sat in my sack half full of juice for a month

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    No need to buy a cleaning brush. Just make your own with a piece of string as Paul said above. It works brilliabtly.

    Having said that, I'm sick of plattys leaking and not being able to fill/refill them easily from a beck. I have gone for a nalgene bottle and a siggs metal bottle thing. When one is empty, I know that I am half way through my water ration and need to start thinking about a refill.

    If I could get a drinking tube into either bottle which worked reliably, I would be very happy.

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    I dont have any onf the problems above with mu camelbak.

    Got a 3L Omega with the wide opening so i can get my hand in to clean it, i can fill it from streams and like Stuey i can leave it for a month without worrying about infestations of mould.

    Wonder if its because the whole thing is blue and not clear rubber because when i had a flexi flask the damn thing was full of mould. Any one any ideas?

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    I used Milton on my platy. Left it overnight to soak and was good as new in the morning. I really had some crud in my tube as well - prob as a result of using some energy drink in it, the microbes love it!

    I now have a camelbak but if I ever put any energy drink in it, like when I'm in the Alps, then I sterilise it on my return just to make sure.


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    I gave up on my platypus 2 liter with hose, I have thrown it away.. Since I mainly hike or bike, I don't really need the system. Better to keep water in bottles on the sides of the backpack, easier to monitor how much I drink and no risk of soaking things like the sleeping bag due to a leeking cap. (happened once). All the fuss with cleaning the system and still getting black mould in the hose also pissed me of.

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    So it's not just me that has returned to the meagre old 'bottle' then :-)

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