Get Rid Of That Funky Taste - How to clean your water bottle/hydration pack

Sometimes I forget to take my water bottle off my bike after I ride, so it sits there in my hot garage for a day, or two, or sadly sometimes more. Neglecting your bottle like this can lead to nasty odors and tastes.

There are many bottles out there that protect against odors and unwelcomed tastes, but in the end all plastic bottles can develop some "nasty" now and then.

Here's how to combat this problem:

The absolute best way to maintain your bottle/bag is to rinse it after each use (it will be hard to do, but you can do it!) and then let is air dry. Your bottle gets funky when moisture is trapped for long periods of time.

How to clean:

When it get's nasty follow these steps.

  1. Put a teaspoon of bleach and a teaspoon of baking soda in the bottle/bag and fill it with water.
  2. Let it sit overnight.
  3. Rinse out the bottle completely the next day.
  4. Then let it air dry.

Hydration packs can be tricky to air dry, we suggest using an old clothes hanger or similar to help the reservoir hang open