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What should I know about cleaning hiking water filters?

Portable water filtration doesn’t do you much good if your filter is filthy. For long-term hiking and camping trips, look for hiking water filters that can be cleaned on the trail.

Keep these other tips in mind when using portable water filtration:

  • Choose wisely: To maximize the purity of the water that you filter, look for still pools, which contain less sediment than rushing water.
  • Clear clogs: If your water filter gets clogged, don’t panic. Clogging is a sign that the hiking water purification system is doing its job and trapping the microorganisms that could make you sick.
  • Clean well: Whenever you clean your hiking water filters, assume that they are contaminated with microorganisms. Keep your hands away from your mouth when cleaning hiking water filters, and wash your hands thoroughly after you have finished cleaning the filters. After your camping trip, run a diluted bleach and water solution through hiking water filters to sterilize them, and allow them to dry completely before you store them.

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