How to Clean a Whirlpool Water Cooler

by Andrea Griffith; Updated September 26, 2017
Office water cooler

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.

Items you will need

  • Rubber gloves
  • 1 tbsp. bleach
  • 1 gallon water
  • Large bucket
  • Medium bucket
  • Sponge
Step 1

Put on a pair of rubber gloves. You will be using a bleach solution, and the gloves will protect your hands from the bleach.

Step 2

Combine the bleach with water in a bucket.

Step 3

Unplug the Whirlpool water cooler before starting to clean it.

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Step 6

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

Step 7

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

Step 8

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

Step 9

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.

Step 10

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

About the Author

Andrea Griffith has been writing professionally since 2005. Her work has been published by the "Western Herald," Detroit WDIV, USAToday and other print, broadcast and online publications. Although she writes about a wide range of topics, her areas of expertise include fashion, beauty, technology and education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and English from Western Michigan University.

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