How to Clean a Portable Water Cooler

A portable water cooler is used during sporting events or camping trips so you can have clean water to drink. We often figure that it's just water, so cleaning a portable water cooler isn't always a priority. Water, even filtered water, can turn bad over time. Mold and mildew can grow and it can become stale. The cooler should be cleaned after each use. The article below will show you what goes into cleaning a portable water cooler.

Empty the Water Cooler

If the portable water cooler is used often, then you will most likely empty it out after every use. If, however, you seldom use it then you may forget to do this. It is important to empty the portable water cooler after every use. If you fail to do this, then you may find yourself with mildew or mold growing inside the container. If this happens to you, do not throw the cooler away because it can still be rescued.

Wipe it Out

A portable water cooler is made out of plastic and cleaning it is fairly easy. After you've gotten rid of all of the water, wipe out the inside with a rag to make sure it is completely dry. This will also remove any type of scum that may have been created by standing water. When cleaning the portable water cooler you always want to start with it being dry.

Dish Detergent Cleaning

If there are no traces of mildew or mold in the cooler, you can clean it easily with oil-free dish detergent. Place several drops of it inside the cooler, fill it with a little warm water and then wipe it down with a sponge. If the opening is too small for your hand, replace the cap and shake the container. Open the faucet and drain the water. Fill it with warm water once it's empty and continue draining and filling the cooler until there are no signs of soap. Wipe it dry with a towel or let it air dry.

Removing the Smell

When water is left in a container for a long period of time, small organisms can begin to grow which will cause mildew, mold and a distinct odor to form. After the water has been removed from the cooler, place several drops of oil-free dish soap inside of it and then fill it with warm water. Place the top on the cooler and then slosh the water around inside the container. Allow the soapy water to stay in the cooler for 30-minutes and then drain it through the faucet. Add clean water and sponge the inside and drain it from the faucet. Continue doing this until no suds remain and then wipe the inside dry. If the smell remains, fill it with cold water and a cup of white vinegar. Replace the cap and slosh the water around and allow it sit for an hour before draining it through the faucet. Rinse it out with warm water and a sponge.