21 March, 2018Osprey recommend the following method to clean a Hydraulics reservoir.
1. Rinse out the reservoir and fill it with warm water and a mild washing up liquid. DO NOT use bleach or boiling water
2. Scrub the interior of the reservoir with the large cleaning brush from Osprey’s Hydraulics™ Cleaning Kit
3. Remove the hose from the reservoir and the bite valve from the hose and use the small brush from Osprey’s Hydraulics™ Cleaning Kit to scrub the interior of the hose
4. Remove the silicone bite valve cover and clean it and the bite valve with warm soapy water
5. Rinse the interior and exterior of the reservoir, hose and bite valve parts with cool, clean water
6. Let the hose and bite valve dry in a well-ventilated area
7. Insert Osprey’s Hydraulics™ Cleaning Kit drying rack into the reservoir and hang to dry in a well-ventilated area
Using baking/bicarb soda, vinegar, and lemon juice are all good methods to help clean a reservoir and won't damage the reservoir, hose or valve. Milton Solution (used to clean dentures, baby bottles etc) is also a good option as it contains sodium chlorite which is what the Osprey cleaning tablets that used to be available contained.