If you’re a fan of the Sawyer Squeeze water filter, then you know how important it is to keep it clean and well-maintained. Since it won’t be in use every day, the best way to keep your filter working is to know how to properly put it away.
If you’re not sure how to store your Sawyer Squeeze, don’t worry, this guide will cover everything that you need to know!
Below we will discuss the best ways to store your water filter so that it stays clean and lasts for years to come.
Tips for Storing Your Sawyer Squeeze Filter
Here are some instructions that should help you store your water filter for a variety of situations. As long as you follow the guide below, you should have no problems keeping the Sawyer filter clean and long-lasting!
Clean Up After Use
After use, flush the filter with water to push any debris through the filter. Flushing helps ensure that you eliminate the entire gunk that builds up in your water filter over time. While this may not be necessary for regular everyday use, it is imperative if you plan on storing your Sawyer Squeeze for an extended period.
In Between Trips
If you plan to travel with your Sawyer Squeeze, we recommend taking along a water bottle organizer. The best water bottle organizer is made from durable material which will keep your bottle safe and secure, no matter where you go. Place your water filter into the provided pocket and then load up all of your gear into the organizer, including your filtration device and any other supplies you might need on your trip.
Let It Dry Out
It’s important to know how to dry out the Sawyer Squeeze properly so that it doesn’t have any water left when putting it in storage. As most savvy backpackers know, both bleach and sunlight break down plastics.
It’s recommended that you let your Sawyer Squeeze dry out after each use, if possible, before putting it away in storage. If drying it out after each use is not an option, then be sure to store it in a dark or well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight.
Store It in a Ziploc Bag
Storing the Sawyer Squeeze in a Ziploc bag while hiking is great because it ensures you can capture all of your water inside the pack making it easy to ration your water supply while on the move. The Ziploc bag also ensures that it doesn’t pick up any nasty smells or debris.
You can also throw out this dirty old Ziploc bag when you get back home and buy a new one for cheap – there’s no need to prolong its lifespan. Remember to rinse out any excess dirt from using the filter before putting it in the Ziploc bag.
Take Care of It
If you take care of your Sawyer Squeeze, then it’s likely to last for many years. So always remember to dry the filter after each use and don’t move it when wet. If stored properly, there is no reason why the filter should not last at least a year or even longer. If the filter ever starts to smell funky, you may want to replace it.
Travel with It
We know that one of the best parts about owning a Sawyer Squeeze is being able to take it on your next adventure. Whether exploring a new country or going for a hike in your local woods, the Sawyer Squeeze is a must-have on all of your trips.
Storing It For Longer Periods
If you need to store your Sawyer Squeeze for longer than a few days, then we recommend that you use something called Jim’s Water Pillow. The Jim’s Water Pillow is a durable and waterproof bag that keeps all sorts of outdoor gear protected from moisture and dust.
To store your Sawyer Squeeze:
- Take the load off its pillow and remove as much air as possible.
- Place the empty bag inside its pad and press the air out of the pillow.
- Once you do this, seal your Sawyer Squeeze inside of its protective bag, and it will be ready for storage until you need to pull it out for another adventure.
What to Avoid During Storage
Be sure to avoid any of the following, otherwise, it can lead to issues that could damage your water filter. Here are the most common risks that people come across when storing away the Sawyer Squeeze.
Don’t Take the Filter Apart
Don’t take apart the Sawyer Squeeze to fix or repair it yourself unless you are a professional. Always leave it in one piece and free-flowing to extend its lifespan. Don’t forget about it and leave it in storage for a long time – especially if you plan on going hiking again soon.
Don’t Store It with Other Plastic Items
You may be guilty of keeping all sorts of outdoor gear stored together in one spot. While this is fine for most other items, we recommend avoiding storing the Sawyer Squeeze with other plastic tools or utensils to prevent scratches. The Sawyer Squeeze is one of the few water filters that do not need a cover.
Don’t Store It in Direct Sunlight
Do not store it under direct sunlight, mainly if the filter contains carbon. Direct sunlight will accelerate the breakdown of carbon. In other words, always make sure that you either place it somewhere shady or inside a Ziploc bag before storing outdoors. Please don’t put it somewhere really hot. After all, heat is the enemy of all things plastic.
Don’t Use Chemical Cleaners to Clean Your Sawyer Squeeze
Chemical cleaners strip away the antimicrobial treatment that can cause odors. Instead, scrub it with water and soap if needed – or leave it in the sun to dry it out. Harsh chemicals to clean your filter could damage the product and reduce its lifespan.
Don’t Let It Completely Freeze
If you live somewhere that gets cold during certain months, then keep it stored inside your home or car – preferably in some Ziploc bag to reduce the risk of getting water on other items. If frozen, don’t expect it to work well when thawed out – if at all. Also, if you plan on going hiking one day soon, make sure you take it with you instead of leaving it behind.
Avoid Getting Dirt or Debris Inside Of the Filter Cap
Getting dirt or debris inside the filter cap might make cleaning and sanitizing more difficult and cause problems down the road (for instance, hard to open or close).
And there you have it, the best way to easily store your Sawyer Squeeze so that it’s ready for your next adventure. If you follow these tips, then you’ll have no problem keeping your Sawyer Squeeze fresh and ready for use even after storage.