How To Clean A Water Dispenser

The process of how to clean a water dispenser is a pretty straightforward one. And if you are trying to find out how to do this, you probably already appreciate the need for cleaning your water dispenser every once in a while.

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Why Cleaning Your Water Dispenser Is Necessary

Some people might not think this necessary because, after all, the bottles get changed frequently.

However, because water from the bottle goes into a reservoir before it comes out through the tap, it is very important to clean your water dispenser out.

If you do not, you are encouraging the breeding of mold in your dispenser which you are going to then take in and which will now lead to a number of unwanted happenings. 

So, it is recommended that you clean out your reservoir about once every two months. Or, if you feel up to it, you could clean it out every time you change a battle.

Now, how exactly do you go about the cleaning?

How To Clean the Inside Of A Water Dispenser

As with every electrically powered device, the first thing you want to do is to unplug it from its power source. You’re going to be cleaning the dispenser with some water and you do not want to risk electrocution.

When that is done, remove the bottle from the dispenser. Then look at that portion that housed the mouth of the bottle and check for mildew. If there is any, you’ll need to clean it out.

At this point, you’ll need to make either a mixture of vinegar and water or a mixture of bleach and water. Bleach is probably a tiny bit more effective at getting rid of the bacteria.

However, the cleaning agent you choose is entirely up to you; considering the one whose smell you can stomach better and which your skin won’t react to.

Anyway, you put a little bit (say 1 spoonful) of bleach/vinegar in a gallon of water.

Get you a microfiber cloth (so that you do not scratch stuff) and dip that in your mixture. This is what you’ll use to wipe that port that held the water bottle.

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Wash The Water Guard

When you are done with that, take out the water guard if your water dispenser has one. The water guard is that thing that punctures a hole in the bottle when you place it on the dispenser.

You can wash this in your kitchen sink with some dish soap and water.

You could decide to disinfect it with the mixture you’ve made. After that, though, remember to rinse with a lot of water and allow to dry completely.

Wash The Reservoir

Now, you are ready to tackle the reservoir. Before you wash, check to make sure that the reservoir is empty. You do not want to use dishwashing liquid at all as that could color the taste of your water.

Your vinegar/bleach and water mixture is what you’ll be using. Pour some of that inside the reservoir and wash with a microfiber cloth in order not to scratch it.

You could allow the reservoir to sit for about two (2) minutes for the disinfecting effect. Do not leave it for longer as it could stick to the reservoir and color the taste of your water.

After the two minutes, rinse it out by pouring water into it and letting it all out through the tap. Use a lot of water to be sure that you’ve got all the vinegar/bleach out.

Now, since you are using vinegar/bleach, you could decide to do your cleaning outside and wear clothes that you do not care much for so that you do not accidentally discolor anything you love.

If you would rather do your cleaning indoors, however, consider placing a piece of rag on the floor to protect the area where you’ll be doing the cleaning.

That said, after you have thoroughly rinsed out the reservoir, allow it dry completely before assembling it and putting the bottle back.

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How To Clean The Body Of A Water Dispenser

This is pretty easy. You want to stick with the microfiber cloth. However, because the body does not come in contact with drinking water, you can clean it with dish soap and water.

If you use dish soap, you might need to disinfect with some of the vinegar/bleach mixture you’ve made but you do not have to. 

You also want to pay attention to the taps and make sure that there is no mildew or mold lurking anywhere. Whatever the case, though, clean the taps with your vinegar/bleach mixture and rinse off.

The plate that houses your cup should also be washed and cleaned thoroughly. That plate has water falling on it frequently so you do not just want to take a swipe at it. Actually wash it.

When you are done with all of that, pat the machine dry with a dry microfiber cloth and then leave it to dry before plugging the power cord back.

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Now, take note not to mix vinegar with bleach; it is either one or the other. Mixing them is not more effective but disastrous.

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