Do you remember the last time you cleaned your cooler? Like really cleaned it? Then it is probably time to do it again.
Minimally, you should be wiping down your bottles each time you load a new one. We suggest putting a reminder sign on the cooler or the bottles to remind your family or co-workers when they load a new cooler to wipe it down first. Or a reminder to you when you again replace the empty bottle that the teenager left for you to do.
Here is the breakdown on how to get your cooler sanitized. Follow the step by step directions or watch the video of the most used cooler.
Bleach or Vinnegar – Bleach is preferred as it kills 99.99% of germs versus vinegar that kills 90%.
30 Minutes or one dish washer cycle.
Boil a pot of water with a teaspoon of bleach or ½ cup of distilled vinegar
Unplug and turn off your machine
Remove the bottle from the machine
Drain the water from the reservoir
Remove the No-spill adapter
Remove the Filter and put in a place that you will remember
Remove the baffle with your finger
Remove Drip tray
Hand wash or put Spill Adapter, Baffle and Drip Tray in the dishwasher
Carefully pour about half of the boiling water into the Reservoir
With your cleaning tool, scrub the reservoir
Let the water site for a couple of minutes. No more than about 5.
Drain all the water from the reservoir using the one nozzle
Repeat with the second half of boiling water
Drain with the other nozzle.
Fill with fresh water and drain the nozzles a few times until all the cleaning solution has been removed.
Wash your hands and place back in the Filter, Baffle, Spill Adapter, and Drip Tray
Wipe down the entire machine using your favorite cleaning method