How to Clean and Sanitize Your Bottled Water Cooler – The Proper Way


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There are high chances you own a dispenser or a water cooler. After all, they are a perfect source of cold water instantly. As much as they provide clean water, they require cleaning. Otherwise, they might harbor bacteria. Nevertheless, cleaning them is easy even for DIYs. Below is a guide on how to clean a water cooler.

Why should you clean your water cooler?

One may wonder why it is essential to clean a dispenser, yet it contains clean water. The reason is the moist environment. Under those circumstances, bacteria, microorganisms, and germs grow and even thrive. They may contaminate your water which is why you should clean your water cooler once in a while.

Fortunately, it would be best if you had neither harsh chemicals nor tools to clean it. Equally important, you don’t have to be an expert. All you have to do is follow these steps.

How to Clean a Water Cooler at Home

First of all, you need to make the cleaning solution. You are at liberty to go for vinegar or bleach.

If you choose vinegar, go for the white one. Measure a quart and add it to a bucket containing 3 quarts of water. The water should be warm, and you mix the mixture well before use. Two tablespoons of lemon juice can neutralize the vinegar scent if you deem it fit.

As for the bleach, the ratio of water to chlorine bleach should be 1 gallon is to 1 tablespoon.

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Top-Loading VS Bottom-Loading

Top-loading water coolers work using gravity. It has a valve near the bottle and the machine. Upon opening the tap, it opens, and water flows.

On the other hand, the bottom-loading machine uses an electric pump to draw water. It has a reservoir which makes water readily available. For that, it has to stay full, and its waterline senses when a refill is necessary.

Cleaning a Top Loading Water Cooler Machine

  1. Unplug the machine to avoid electric shock or tripping over the cable
  2. Remove the bottle
  3. Clean the area where the dispenser meets the bottle. Soak a sponge in the cleaning solution and use it.
  4. Clean its water guard using the solution and rinse it. Then, clean it using tap water, wipe it with the solution before rinsing it again.
  5. Remove the tray that holds the glasses or cups, drip guard. Clean it like the water guard.
  6. Clean its tank by adding the solution to it. After about three minutes, drain it through taps or a spigot.
  7. Rinse the tank by adding water and then draining it through the tap.
  8. Return the water guard and the tray to their respective places.
  9. Finally, plug it in

Cleaning a Bottom Loading Water Cooler Dispenser

  1. Just like its counterpart, unplug it
  2. Remove the bottle from, then drain the dispenser’s reservoir
  3. Fill your empty bottle with the cleaning solution and use a funnel to avoid spillage
  4. Install the full water bottle on the water cooler
  5. Let it fill the tank, then sit in it for around 10 minutes
  6. After that, drain the water using a tap
  7. Fill a bottle with clean water and reinstall it
  8. Upon filling the tank, release the water using taps. Repeat that until the water leaving the taps is clean of the cleaning solution.
  9. Once clean, plug it in.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some FAQs about cleaning your water cooler

Is the water clean if the drain has black mold?

No, since they affect your health adversely

How does water taster after cleaning your water cooler? 

It will taste fresh since cleaning eliminates grime and bacteria.

Are Water Coolers Safe?

As long as you clean your dispenser after six weeks, the water is safe to drink.

Final Words

Cleaning your water cooler is a matter of life or death. If dirty, it could house bacteria that cause diseases. Disinfect it using white vinegar or unscented bleach. Depending on whether you have a bottom-loading or a top-loading, follow the proper steps. If you do so, the dispenser will be sparkling clean.

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