Before you go into winter hibernation, clean your Camelbak or other hydration pack water bladder and your water bottles. While you are at it, clean your travel mugs. I know, I know...if you are like me, you hate cleaning anything you can't just put into the dishwasher. Also, you probably don't like the chlorine taste you can get from some cleaning tablets and methods (cough, cough...Camelbak Cleaning Tablets...)
Clean Ethics sent me samples of their Bottle Bright cleaning tablets and they work as advertised -- no odor, no flavor, and they cleaned my water and coffee vessels well. Review: Bottle Bright
Ways to Clean Your Hydration Pack Water Bladder
Photo © Wendy Bumgardner 2012
Water vs. Soft Drinks: I have new incentive to use my water bottle at work with a study presented today at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting on the association between soft drink intake and knee osteoarthritis. I have weaned myself away from diet soft drinks over the past year, even as I was recovering from knee arthritis pain. The study found that men with knee osteoarthritis who drink more soft drinks, especially lean men, were more likely to have the disease progress. While I'm not a man and I'm not as lean as I want to be, this is a good reinforcement to stick with ice water.
Source: Soft Drink Intake and Progression of Radiographic Knee Osteoarthritis: Data From the Osteoarthritis Initiative. Abstract#: 745 Presenter: Bing Lu: Brigham and Women's Hospital. Sunday, November 11, 2012.