How to Clean a Water Cooler DispenserAre you trying to figure out the best ways to clean a water cooler? Let your water jug get empty before you start the cleaning process. If you don’t want to slosh water all around or lift heavy water bottles, wait for the jug to become empty first. For cleaning, you will need a pitcher or gallon jug, 3 cups hot water, 1 cup distilled white vinegar, a bucket, mild and safe dishwashing liquid, and a microfiber cloth. You may or may not use the dishwashing gloves. Here are the steps for cleaning water cooler dispenser-
- Unplug the water cooler from the socket
- Drain reservoir through the blue faucet for cold water into the bucket
- You may speed up the process by adding hot water if there’s ice in the reservoir
- Remove the water guard or spill-free top from your cooler
- Next, remove the stainless steel or white plastic baffle inside the reservoir
- After removing the baffle, you can find two holes at the bottom of the reservoir leading to faucets
- Don’t let the chlorine get into your hot tank by plugging in cork in the hot tank
- Clean/Wash water cooler exterior & faucets with hot water and mild soap
- Rinse and dry thoroughly with paper towels
How to Clean a Water Cooler Outer SurfaceYou need to take care of the outer surface of the water cooler too. Just cleaning it from inside is not enough. There are various hands that touch the water cooler throughout the day. So, it becomes essential to clean a water cooler from outside too. Cleaning a water cooler outer surface is quite easy. You just need chemical free dishwashing liquid, microfiber cloths, and distilled white vinegar in a sprayer. Firstly, unplug the water cooler and remove the trays and taps to wash it separately in the sink. Use the solution of warm water and dishwashing liquid to clean the taps and trays. Rinse them with clean water and wipe using a microfiber cloth. Now, use vinegar sprayer to spritz the outer surface of the cooler, including the area where the tray sits. You must be careful if you have a stony surface because vinegar can damage the stone-floored kitchen. You may also check an article on things you should never clean with vinegar on our blog. Once you have cleaned the outside of the water cooler with vinegar, use a clean microfiber cloth to wipe any vinegar residue or dirt left on the surface. Finally, return the trays and taps to their original place and plug back the water cooler.
How to Sanitize a Water CoolerThe water cooler manufacturers tend to recommend sanitizing a water cooler every 3 to 6 months. Yet, you must always check the care instruction provided with the water cooler while buying it in order to learn how frequently you must clean a water cooler. If you don’t sanitize the water cooler properly, the drinking water may taste bad. It may also be harmful to your health if the water cooler is sanitized for too long. If you clean a water cooler with vinegar, sanitizing it with bleach is not at all recommended. When vinegar and bleach are used together, they can create toxic chlorine gas. So, never combine both the cleaners. Clean the water cooler using the above steps for healthy and tasty drinking water.
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