How to Clean a Whirlpool Water Cooler

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Water coolers are often used in gyms, the workplace and doctors and dentist offices. They are a great way to get clean water without having to go down the hall to find a drinking fountain. Drinking fountains can also be swimming with bacteria, however, as many people touch their mouths to the water spout. Once your water bottle on your water cooler is empty, it needs to be replaced with a new one. Before replacing the water bottle, sanitize the water cooler to ensure every drop of water that comes out of the faucets are well clean.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • 1 tbsp. bleach
  • 1 gallon water
  • Large bucket
  • Medium bucket
  • Sponge
  • Put on a pair of rubber gloves. You will be using a bleach solution, and the gloves will protect your hands from the bleach.

  • Combine the bleach with water in a bucket.

  • Unplug the Whirlpool water cooler before starting to clean it.

  • Twist the water cooler bottle to the left. Once it has been twisted off, pull up on it to remove it.

  • Place an empty bucket under the faucets. Pull down on the faucets to drain any remaining water into the bucket.

  • Pour the bleach and water solution inside the interior reservoir. Soak the reservoir with the solution for several minutes.

  • Scrub the inside of the reservoir and the interior walls with a sponge.

  • Drain the bleach and water solution through the faucets and into the bucket.

  • Fill the interior reservoir with fresh water and drain in through the faucets and into the bucket. This will rinse out the bleach solution. Do this four times to ensure there is no bleach left inside the water cooler.

  • Place the new Whirlpool water bottle on top of the water cooler and twist it to the right to tighten it.

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