I think this is the correct approach, but I would suggest that after
draining the cooler unplug it and take it outside. Use dish washing
detergent and water to wash as much of the crud out as you can and rinse
Now mix a bucket of hot water and add 1/2 cup of bleach per gallon and fill
up the cooler about 3/4 with this and shake things around a bit to get any
bubbles to pop. Now top it off, and let it sit for 5 minutes. Drain the
cooler through each of the taps
This will kill everything that is there. Now rinse everything with tap
water until you can no longer smell the chlorine.
Do not be tempted to think that more is better. Making the bleach solution
stronger does not kill any more bugs and the stronger you make it and the
longer you let it set the more likely you are to get corrosion on things you
do not want to corrode.
The contamination was likely caused by the outside of the bottle. It is
good practice to clean the neck of the bottle before dumping it into the
About the time I had mastered getting the toothpaste back in the tube, then
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