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How To Clean & Care For Your Running Pack: Inside Guide

How To Clean & Care For Your Running Pack: Inside Guide

Today, we're diving into the nitty-gritty details of caring for your running gear. Whether you're hitting the trails or pounding the pavement, looking after your gear is key to keeping it in top-notch condition for all your running adventures.

First up, let's chat about cleaning your trusty running pack. That thing is there for you every step, make sure you look after it too!

Now, you might be wondering, "How on earth do I wash this thing?" Well, fear not, because we've got you covered. While our packs are built tough, chucking them in the washing machine isn't exactly ideal—especially when it comes to those reflective bits and waterproof coatings. So here's the lowdown:

Option 1: The Preferred Method - Hand Wash

If you're keen to give your pack a bit of TLC, gentle hand washing is the way to go.

Here's what to do:

  • Fill up a sink or clean bucket with lukewarm water—none of that icy cold stuff, please!
  • Add some scent-free and eco-friendly detergent to the mix. Trust us, your skin will thank you later.
  • Get your hands dirty (well, not really) and give your pack a good ol' wash. Not too rough, just move it around in the water. Squeeze out all those nooks and crannies, making sure to pay extra attention to the back panel, padded areas, and straps.
  • Once you've worked your magic, give it a good rinse and repeat if necessary. You'll be amazed at the dirt and gunk that comes out!
  • Finally, hang your pack up to dry and let it soak up some sunshine.

It's also important to note that these things are built to be rugged. They don't need to be as clean and ironed as your favourite white shirt. They're made to be with you across the dusty trails - don't over treat them.

Option 2: The Not-So-Ideal Method

Now, we get it—sometimes hand washing just ain't your cup of tea. If you're tempted to chuck your pack in the washing machine, proceed with caution. While some machines are gentle souls, others can be real brutes, especially when it comes to reflective materials.

To put it in no uncertain terms - we do not recommend this method.

If you have no choice, here's what you would do:

  • Opt for the delicate cycle and pop your pack in a mesh bag to keep it safe from harm and banging against the metal of the machine.
  • Use cold water wash and, you guessed it, scent-free and eco-friendly detergent.
  • Again—washing machines can be rough on your gear. If you can, stick to hand washing to keep your pack in top-notch condition.
  • Hang dry outdoors until completely dry.


These tips can be applied to the Runly OG Vest and the Runly Glide Running Belt too!

Alright, now that we've got your pack sorted, let's talk about water bladder care. You might think that something filled with clean water doesn't need cleaning, but trust us, bacteria and mold are sneaky little buggers. So here's how to keep your hydration bladder super clean and healthy:

First off, gather your cleaning supplies. You'll need some mild dish soap, brushes, and drying aids to get the job done.

  • Mix up some warm-ish water and cleaner, then fill up your hydration system.
  • Let it soak for a bit, then give it a good scrub and rinse.
  • Once you've worked your magic, let your bladder air dry—just make sure it's fully open to allow air to circulate.

Now, when it comes to cleaning solutions, you've got a few options up your sleeve:

  • Reservoir cleaning tablets: These bad boys are a fuss-free way to remove deposits and keep your hydration system squeaky clean.
  • Baking soda: A trusty all-around cleaner that's great for banishing odors.
  • Lemon juice (my personal favourite): Helps neutralise strong odors and adds a zesty kick to your cleaning routine.
  • Denture-cleaning tablets: While not specifically made for hydration systems, these can do the trick in a pinch.

And don't forget your cleaning tools! Brushes, scrubbing pads, and a trusty knotted cord can help you get into all those nooks and crannies.

When it comes to drying your bladder, the key is to keep it fully open to let the air work its magic. Whether you opt for a reservoir hanger, clothespins, or a good ol' kitchen whisk, just make sure your bladder gets plenty of airflow to dry properly.

Again, it's important to note that you don't need to overclean it here. Give it a good rinse, a clean, but don't go over the top because you can actually harm the integrity of your water bladder.

If in doubt, keep it simple.

With a bit of love and care, your pack and water bladder will be ready to tackle any adventure you throw their way.

Run wild out there.

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