Once left one of mine in the van for weeks and it started to come to life.
What i do to clean the tube is tie half a cotton wool ball in the middle of a longh length of twine, then feed the twine through the tube, (i use a length of curtain wire to pull it through) secure both ends to something then "walk" the tube backwards and forward to clean the whole length.
I'll also soak it in milton again after just to be safe.
This is how i i've always cleaned mine and i'm still here.
Include a little history in your walks. Pecsaetan - Ancient Derbyshire, Staffordshire and South Yorkshire - http://pecsaetan.weebly.com/
I would also use unscented bleatch. After all the active ingreadient there is used to purify your tap water.
Yes just rinse well afterwards.
I have a deuter bladder, this from their site: "A simple but efficient way of killing any bacteria that have entered the system is to, place the empty hydration bladder in the freezer. Once frozen, thaw it out and rinse thoroughly".
I have mine in the freezer right now.
For future reference only ever use water in it and always keep it in the dark ie in its cover.
I bought mine in 2002 and did carry beer once but washed it out that day. Apart from that it has never been washed or even emptied unless drunk. Whilst I cannot scientifically say that nothing lives there, I have never had any side effects or noticed any taste except plastic..
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