The Hassle of Cleaning and Drying Reusable Reserviors
A reusable reservoir, which comes with most hydration packs, is recommended to be cleaned and dried frequently, especially if you fill it with anything other than water. You can buy a kit making the cleaning process fairly easy. However, drying the reservoir is a bit more painstaking, and you either need to buy a drying rack or improvise a metal coat hanger or household utensil. Otherwise a soft-sided reservoir will tend to collapse on itself allowing the liquid to pool. This will cause bacteria to grow and possibly mold to develop. And if mold happens to form it will require a cleaning solution (bleach is recommended) and brush to get rid of it. Who wants to drink from a reservoir that’s had bleach in it? An economical, recyclable replacement reservoir is a superior solution for convenient use.