You should always make sure to regularly have your water cooler cleaned, to prevent bacteria build-up.
In preparation for cleaning, unplug your unit, dress appropriately, wear disposable gloves, a cleaning apron or a coat, and all the other materials used for disinfecting and cleaning a cooler.
Simple solutions to clean the water cooler:
- Unplug the cooler.
- Check to see if your cooler is equipped with a water guard. This is the device that punctures the caps on the bottles to allow the water to be dispensed.
- If you do have a waterguard you need to remove it. Grasp it on both sides and pull it up and out of the cooler. Clean it in warm water. Rinse thoroughly, and dry with a clean towel.
- Rinse the reservoir out with a baking soda and water solution, use approximately 1 cup of water and 2 tbsp of baking soda. Pour it into the reservoir, drain it out through the spigots then rinse several times with tap water.
- Replace the water guard kit.
If sanitizing is required:
- Make a solution of ½ tsp of bleach to one gallon of water.
- Pour solution into the reservoir. If you have a hot and cold cooler do not drain out through the hot side, use cold spigot only.
- Rinse immediately with tap water.