While there are many different ways to clean a hydration reservoir, we recommend using a denture cleaning tablets because they are safe, easy to use, and effective and won’t damage the reservoir like bleach. Simply fill up the hydration reservoir with warm (not boiling water) to ¾ full. Then drop in two denture cleaning tablets into the pack, mix it for 10 minutes then suck a bit until the hose allows for the tubing to fill with water. Let the solution and the warm water sit in the pack for at least one hour then flush through and completely empty the pack.
We recommend cleaning the reservoir after every by using denture cleaning approach stated above. As bacteria can set in sitting water within 24-48 hours
It is possible to disassemble the hosing from the plastic casing but we don’t recommend doing to often unless necessary. Simply hold the bottom of the base, pull down the plastic base peace until the tubing connection to the hydration is exposed. Then simply remove the tubing from the base. We recommend cleaning with denture cleaner and not removing the hose as stated above.
The mouthpiece can be cleaned on the outside with warm water and a little bit of natural soap. Be sure to rinse the soap thoroughly from the mouthpiece to prevent from digesting later.
For the cap to close properly and to ensure watertight sealing of the Survivor Filter Reservoir without leakage, you need to push down the cap connector threading and plastic clear O-Ring that goes around the threading, until both pieces are properly at the bottom of the reservoirs threading that connect to the cap. Then we recommend filling with water, closing the cap and pushing gently on the reservoir to make sure no water comes out of the cap. If it does, then you need to re-adjust the cap connector and the clear O-Ring that goes around the threading to make sure it is in the proper location as described. We recommend doing this when you receive the product and making sure it is all connecting right before you take in the field. Once this is done properly the first time, this should be ready to go every time going forward.