Do you dry the interior of your Platypus? How?
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Delmar O'Donnell
(Bolster)

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Do you dry the interior of your Platypus? How? on 04/03/2014 15:22:05 MDT Print View

I carry Platypus 1L's. Seems I can never get them quite dry between trips. Is this important? Do you have a trick to do it?

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
re: Do you dry the interior of your Platypus? How? on 04/03/2014 15:30:28 MDT Print View

Del, there was a thread on this awhile back (I'm too lazy to link back to it). The Idester suggested using a cheap aquarium pump and some tubing. I tried it, and it really works well.

Ben Wortman
(bwortman) - M

Locale: Nebraska
Yep on 04/03/2014 15:39:05 MDT Print View

I just stick the handle off a wooden spoon in it to prop it open. Then I let it air dry.

Works for me

Ben

Charles P
(mediauras)

Locale: Terra
Re: re: Do you dry the interior of your Platypus? How? on 04/03/2014 15:39:34 MDT Print View

Following a tip I read here once I just freeze mine btw uses. No need to dry them out, no mildew.

Elizabeth Fallin
(fallin) - M
Drying a Platy on 04/03/2014 15:42:20 MDT Print View

For the bladders, I loosely wad up a few paper towels to keep it open, and then I hang it up in the kitchen, opening side down.

Richard Cullip
(RichardCullip)

Locale: San Diego County
Re: Drying a Platy on 04/03/2014 15:54:31 MDT Print View

I use a cheap aquarium pump and some tubing. The moving air quickly dries them.

Owen McMurrey
(OwenM) - F - M

Locale: SE US
Re: Do you dry the interior of your Platypus? How? on 04/03/2014 15:55:34 MDT Print View

I freeze mine sometimes, and occasionally just put a little bleach in there with some water and shake, then rinse them out, blow them up, and let them stand upside down at an angle against the backsplash on my kitchen counter overnight with a paper towel under them.
When they're seeing weekly use, they usually just get rinsed with filtered tap water and refilled.

Daryl Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: Do you dry the interior of your Platypus? How? on 04/03/2014 16:01:13 MDT Print View

This tip came from a friend of mine and it works for me.

(1) I drain it with the opening down until water stops dripping out (say overnight).

(2) Then I put it in a sunny window with the top up and let the warmth of the sun dry it until the next trip.

Rick Adams
(rickadams100) - M
dashboard on 04/03/2014 16:32:05 MDT Print View

drain well, place on dashboard while at work. boom, dry

Rick M
(rmjapan) - F

Locale: London, UK
Re: Do you dry the interior of your Platypus? How? on 04/03/2014 18:14:37 MDT Print View

I use a hair dryer on low heat pointed into opening to finish for storage after wash/rinse/air dry overnight. Takes maybe a minute.

Kevin S.
(kstephens) - F
wire hanger on 04/03/2014 18:38:59 MDT Print View

I just bend a wire hanger. I bend the wires together so that they will fit in the opening, then bend the entire hanger into an "L" shape, so that will stand upright.

M B
(livingontheroad) - M
dryness on 04/03/2014 18:45:16 MDT Print View

Ive never worried about it.

Am I doing something wrong???

Glenn S
(Glenn64) - M

Locale: Snowhere, MN
Re: Do you dry the interior of your Platypus? How? on 04/03/2014 19:22:46 MDT Print View

C'mon Delmar, all those fancy shop tools and no air compressor? Blow dry 'em ;)

A J
(tahiti) - F
Re on 04/03/2014 19:24:12 MDT Print View

Haven't dried my camelbak bladder in 8 years. Haven't died yet.

Craig Burton
(MissingUtah)

Locale: Smoky Mountains
+1 for freezing on 04/03/2014 19:28:30 MDT Print View

Also read a tip on here several years back about freezing and have never looked back. This is especially useful if you use tubes.

When heading out just give a rinse with warm or lukewarm water, suck any thawed frost out of the tube (spit out in the sink), and give it a full fill with water.

When coming back home just empty any water still in there, suck any remaining water out of the tube, and toss in the freezer. Too easy.

Derek M.
(dmusashe) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: +1 for freezing on 04/03/2014 19:53:20 MDT Print View

I jam a clean kitchen towel inside of it and let that sit overnight. Usually does the trick.

Delmar O'Donnell
(Bolster)

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Thanks. on 04/03/2014 21:09:28 MDT Print View

Thanks all! Many ways to solve this problem.

Glenn > C'mon Delmar, all those fancy shop tools and no air compressor? Blow dry 'em ;)

I could inflate them like inner tubes -- Kapow!

Dena Kelley
(EagleRiverDee) - M

Locale: Eagle River, Alaska
"Do you dry the interior of your Platypus? How?" on 04/03/2014 21:51:06 MDT Print View

I prop mine open with a piece of bent coat hanger and then hang it upside down so it will fully drain and air dry.

Mike Megee
(fx4hauler) - F
Smartube on 04/03/2014 22:29:30 MDT Print View

I use this
http://www.bluedesert.co.il/
and put the tube in the freezer.

Edited by fx4hauler on 04/03/2014 22:30:09 MDT.

Kevin Babione
(KBabione) - MLife

Locale: Pennsylvania
Drying the interior of my Platypus on 04/04/2014 09:09:36 MDT Print View

After I've washed it I put a paper towel in it, blow it full of air, put a cap on it, and then shake it to get as much water on the paper towel as possible. I've found that it then air-dries in a day and I can put it away in my bin.

For the hose I take off the mouthpiece and step out on my deck and swing it around in the air to get as much water out of the tube and then hang it overnight to let it dry as well.